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In case you didn't see it on Fark: Using a compressor to clean out a seriously dusty computer. Offsite Link
[By: chazz / 2012-05-25 ]
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I've had ones worse than that here where I work. I did the same thing. -Gunpe
On a scale of 1 to 10, I will give him a "B+". He forgot to blow out the floppy drive. -ecoli
I haven't had one that bad..but did take one of mine out to be dusted but I used the shop vac on "blow" (down Burrkiss) and the cloud of dust was impressive. So was the noise the fans made as they spun up. -Starfury
My sinuses exploded just looking at that dust level :( -virusjtg
Yeah, that machine was nowhere near the worst that I have seen. You could still distinguish what components were what.
Obviously the machine was in some sort of manufacturing environment. Here at %WePrintStuff% we have white dust everywhere from paper friction and cutting, and a strange multi colored dust by the litho presses from the dried UV ink. But you could still eat off of the floor. -Griffin2020
I've seen much worse. I used to work for a company that made wooden cabinets. The shop floor machines were unprotected and required periodic blowing out. It usually took half an inch of sawdust to make them quit working. -Loren
I've had worse. Iused to work in a warehouse, the machine had not been cleaned in a year, the operator was a chain smoker who would type cigarette in hand. He would often leave his coffee cup on top of the tower. so, a half an inch of warehouse dust( dust plus soot from diesel exhaust), ashes, and coffee stains. -McSmiley
Actually, yes; smokers are worse because cigarette smoke has tar that binds all the dust together and to the surfaces, so you can't even blow it out. One of my clients does a lot of Vietnamese-style cooking, which includes use of the deep fryer, and so there's a small amount of oil binding the dust in his computer as well. Very nasty. -chazz
Three words: Persian Long-hair.... Guy brought the machine in for the "free" cleaning. I took out a cat-hair rug from the bottom of the computer at least 1/2" thick and the same from under the faceplate. By the way, I hope that guy in the video realized that he just SANDBLASTED his motherboard. There's a reason why you should not use a high-powered air compressor. Some of that stuff looked like it was flying out of there at Mach 6. -unrenowned
Folks, I tell you that the worst system I had to clean out was a computer that sat on the factory floor at the Kaiser Aluminum facility in Gramercy, Louisiana... it came in literally caked inside and out with bauxite (that's aluminum oxide for those who don't know). We took it outside into a wide field and the compressor on a LONG extension cord and fired it up. The cloud of red floated in the air for an hour and was at least 10' across... [Why? We had a file we needed to recover for the company that was worth to them some $50 million.] -VoiceOfSanity
What's a floppy drive? -ravensentinel
The worst I have seen were the computers at a toner mfg plant. Black Keyboard, and I do mean black! Having to wear the paper bunny suit and respirator should have been a clue. -pathi
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