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#1 Elendil

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 08:06 AM

My computer is a few years old, so maybe my concerns are meaningless, but it can't hurt to ask can it?
I have a Dell Dimension Desktop 4600 and its fan makes a lot of noise constantly. Because it's in my room where I study and do many things, I find it rather annoying. Both my monitor and case are on a desk, but the back of my case is covered in dust. My belief is that since it is dusty on the outside, it is probably dusty on the inside; thus making everything run inefficiently and overheat? Is there someway that I can clean/remove the dust from inside the case (or determine if the inside is full of dust)?

Note: I am completely inexperienced when it comes to dealing with the hardware of computers.

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 08:50 AM

Get a can or two of compressed air (don't use a vacuum cleaner, or an air compressor).
Unplug the system and take it outside.
Open the case and blow it out - keep a careful eye on where the air is blowing (so if something comes loose due to too much air pressure you'll see it).
Check to make sure that all the inlets and exhausts are cleaned out.
Some Dells have shrouds over the CPU's - you'll have to remove the shroud to clean out the CPU cooler.
Look for dust everywhere - anyplace you find it, blow it off.
Don't over-rev the fans when blowing air through them - hold the blades from turning while doing this (use a stick or a pen otherwise you'll chill the heck out of your fingers).
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Posted 27 May 2007 - 09:08 AM

Good to see you back, Elendil.
For those of us who are hardware-challenged:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/cleaning-the-inside-of-your-pc/

I followed this when I got around to cleaning the inside of my case. You are right---no matter how clean you keep the area surrounding your computer, all sorts of stuff finds its way into the case.
Cheers,
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Edited by jgweed, 27 May 2007 - 09:10 AM.

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 08:53 PM

Thank you for your help, both of you! I haven't begun cleaning yet because I'm going to be getting a new comp, so when my new one arrives, I'll clean this one up and give it to my brother.

P.S. It's not quite a coming back jgweed :thumbsup: while summer is approaching I'm as busy as ever, but I will have slightly more time to dedicate back to HJT when school is officially out. :flowers:

Edited by Elendil, 29 May 2007 - 08:54 PM.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:57 AM

Don't wait too long. Processors don't like heat! It really doesn't take all that long to do the cleaning.

Busy summer? I know the feeling :thumbsup: I am glad to hear you are hanging in there with your HJT studies.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:09 AM

Get your brother to help you, Elendil, if he is old enough. It will be a good way for both of you to learn something new.
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