Cleaning Your PC
Let's Clean Your Computer
clean you pc in 8 easy steps:
(1) First thing you want to do is unplug your computer and you monitor and disconect all cables .
(2)Use a clean cloth to wipe down your case
(3) Open up your case and use a good can of canned air 4m is our choice , in my oppion the cheaper brands sometimes contain dampness and that could short out something on your board .( So use cheaper brands at your own risk ) clear out any built up dust .
(4) You can use your vaccum hose to clean out the major dust clumps in the bottom of your case .
(5) Clean and replace your fan filters .
(6) Use a clean cloth to wipe down the exterior of your monitor , you can clean your screen with a soft cloth and a week solution of isopropyl alcohol . Always apply to cloth not directly on the screen . You can always use monitor wipes , you can purchase wipes anywhere computer supplies are sold .
(7) Vaccum the keyboard out with attachment brush .
(8) If you use an optical mouse (My Mouse Of Choice ) you can just wipe it down . But for those of you still using the classic mouse here is what you do , Just pop out the ball underneath , take a pair of tweezers and clean the build up from the rollers . Wipe down the ball and replace . ( Most stores that carry computer supplies will have a mouse cleaner it is made of velcro the ball and pad , then you just put the ball inside your mouse and roll it on the pad and it cleans the inside for you . ) Now there you have it , it wasn't that hard now was it ..
Cleaning Your Cd- Rom
A dirty CD-ROM drive can cause read errors with CD discs not allowing you to install software or causing errors during the installation of software.
Procedure: To clean the CD-ROM drive we recommend purchasing a CD-ROM cleaner from your local retailer such as a local Radio Shack. Using a CD-ROM cleaner should sufficiently clean the CD-ROM laser from dust, dirt, and hair.
Also see our below CD cleaning recommendation for steps on cleaning each of your CDs.
Dirty CDs can cause read errors and/or cause CDs to not work at all.
Procedure: Cleaning CDs can be done with a CD cleaning kit however can also be done with a normal clean cotton cloth or shirt. When doing this with a clean cotton cloth or shirt, wipe against the tracks, starting from the middle of the CD and wiping towards the outer side of the CD. Never wipe with the tracks doing so may put more scratches on the CD.
It is recommended when cleaning a CD that water be used. However, if the substance on a CD cannot be removed using water, pure alcohol can also be used.
FLOPPY DRIVE CLEANING:
Dirty read/write heads on the floppy drive can cause errors during the reading and/or writing process.
Procedures: The floppy drive can be cleaned two different ways. The first method of cleaning a floppy drive and our recommended method is to purchase a kit at your local retail store designed to clean the read/write heads on your floppy drive.
The second method of cleaning the floppy drive is recommended for experienced computer users. Using a swab with a liquid such as pure alcohol, free-on, or trichoroethane and physically opening the floppy drive unit and swap the read/write heads manually with a lint-free foam swab soaked in one of the above cleaning solutions. If you decide on this method you must be extremely careful when cleaning the heads to ensure that you do not lock them out of alignment causing the floppy drive not to work at all. To help prevent the heads from becoming out of alignment use a dabbing motion lightly putting the swab on the head and removing it, do not perform a side to side motion with the swab.
HARD DRIVE CLEANING:
While hard drives cannot be cleaned physically they can be cleaned with various utilities on the computer to help it running fast and more efficiently. Utilizing these utilities will prevent the hard drive from slowing down.
Procedure: If you have MS-DOS, Windows 3.x access the MS-DOS C:\> prompt and type del *.chk. This will delete files created by scandisk and other various utilities that take up disk space and can be deleted safely. Once chk files have been deleted ensure that all *.tmp files are deleted by typing dir *.tmp /s /p -- if files are found, locate the directories with these files and move into these directories by typing cd <name of directory>. Once in the directory type del *.tmp and get back to root by typing cd\ -- Repeat the above steps until all tmp files have been deleted. Additionally run Scandisk and Defrag.
If you have Windows 95 or above click Start / Find (or Search) / click "For files or folders". In the search Window in the first box "files and names", type *.tmp, next verify that the look in is pointed to your "C: hard drive". Click the Search or Find button to locate all files. Delete all files found, if there are several files quickly select all files by clicking Edit and clicking "Select All". Once completed, repeat the same steps, however replace *.tmp with *.chk.
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