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Old February 24, 2007, 07:18 AM
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Another trick if you've had your computer over 6 mos and its acting weird is to CLEAN IT!

Take a small keyboard brush and some compressed air and clean out all the dust and dirt in the fins of your heatsinks, on the fan blades and from exhaust ports and anywhere else that needs it - use a flashlight. If you have smokers in the house, the dust turns to a kind of sludge that compressed air cant fully handle - thats where the brush comes in. It can get between all the fins of a heatsink, too. Be careful, though, you dont want to dislodge any capacitors or other components with the brush

I've "fixed" many of my friends computers in this manner after they were complaining of random crashes and other stability issues. The reason was, of course, due to overheating because of lack of airflow.
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