Computer Clogged by Dust

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I frequently run into folks who have NEVER cleaned the inside of their computer.

Take a look at my own computer! It was way overdue for a cleaning and these pictures show what I found.

  • Dust build-up clogs creates heat problems in two ways:
    dust adds a layer of insulation to electronic components that causes the components to become hotter (and maybe even burn out)
  • dust can clog the heat-dissipation system, causing overheating and component damage

Desktop computers are a lot easier to clean than laptops, but laptops can accumulate dust as well. For laptops, the best method is to blow canned out in the opposite direction of the intake.

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