A cautionary tale

  johndrew 11:11 07 Jun 2012

In my web wanderings I came across this tale of woe on the subject of dust and hard drives. It may be more towards the Helproom if anyone has this type of problem - which I hope not - but certainly one for any who are considering home improvements.

  lotvic 12:12 07 Jun 2012

I will never understand people who place their pc tower on the floor, especially on a thick carpet, and not think about it sucking in dust and fibres..... made me chuckle (well duh) that he'd spent £'s on new components without even opening the case first to have a look.

  interzone55 13:24 07 Jun 2012

When I worked in PC repair we used to have a vacuum cleaner under the bench to suck up the dust and hair that would enshroud the internal organs of many PCs.

We found that smokers PCs would be the worst, as they tended to be a bit sticky from the nicotine.

The Register has many photographs of shockingly filthy PCs


  wiz-king 13:32 07 Jun 2012

I had a disagreement with one of our managers about putting PCs on the floor, he wanted them under the desks so they looked neater, I wanted them on the desks where they were less liable to get full of dust and fluff. I won when his PC stopped with a cooking smell and the case and fan were clogged up with crud.

  lotvic 14:19 07 Jun 2012

I've always thought that quite a few deserve to be renamed with the insertion of a hyphen 'man-agers'.

  daz60 16:48 07 Jun 2012

smokers PCs would be worst

my sister smokes quite heavily and she uses my old netbook to play solitaire on,she hates the W7 version,when i mention to her about the smoke damage she just shrugs and when i clean it the crud really does stick.

Hate to imagine what her innards are like never mind the PCs.

  Chegs ®™ 05:00 09 Jun 2012

I frequently dismantle my PC's and clean out the innards as I've noticed that the fans become quite loud once they've gathered a layer of crud along the blades leading edges.The fans get done about every 3mths & the whole machine is dismantled (front covers off) every 6mths.I have had hard drives fail from excessive heat(SATA drives are much hotter in use than IDE)and now have "Motherboard Monitor" installed on all my PC's,which informs me my graphics card GPU spends lots of its life above 65C despite my best attempts to keep it cooler.My previous PC had so many extra fans added by me trying to keep its components cooler that switch on was like listening to a hovercraft starting up(and it still ate hard drives within 2yrs)Fortunately,the drives in this machine have a 3yrs warranty so whenever they fail(on my 3rd)they are boxed up and sent back & I receive a replacement soon after for no cost other than postage.

  Forum Editor 06:39 09 Jun 2012

Some of the keyboards I'm expected to use in the course of my work should come with a health warning - the amount if filth on them defies belief. I often wonder what the homes of the regular users are like. It takes five minutes to clean a keyboard once in a while, but these people can't be bothered - probably because it's not their property.

  wolfie3000 07:58 09 Jun 2012

As a smoker myself iv never had dust problems, I put this down to 2 things, firstly I keep the room well ventilated and also as a gamer my pc fans are on all the time,

My pc tends to get a bit hot so I have alot of fans installed to keep it as cool as i can, I keep an eye on how much dusty gets into it too,

As for my keyboard it gets replaced more often than a normal users keyboard due to the WASD keys getting over used and breaking.

So really dust and dirt isnt an issue for me.

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