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Cleaning a laptop from inside

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    There is always a lot of dust, and because I have a laptop I always make sure its dust free, but there will always have dust going inside your laptop as well. I was wondering is this actually harmful for the laptop, as dust accumulates inside the laptop.
    Whether it is harmful or isn't, should we actually still open up our laptop and clean it from the inside. I've never actually done this myself, thinking that a laptop should not be opened unless really needed to (e.g. for changing a laptop part). If it is something we should do, can we do it ourselves or should it be taken to a shop.

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    Well if you know what your opening and wont be touching anything inside the laptop then I suppose you could clean it yourself. Me personally because im not as technical as most of the people on the forum I would probably take it to a shop to be cleaned. I am assuming you will be using a blower to clean out the dust?

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    In the last 5 years or so, I've opened my laptop to upgrade RAM couple of times. On those occasions, I cleaned it using a soft paint brush and air blown from my mouth.

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    So do you think desktop computers need to be cleaned as well, because laptops do?

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    My current laptop is just about a year old so I haven't opened it completely yet but have upgraded the ram. Used a blower to blow away dust.

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    Simple and easy thing to do is, keep it away it from dust, dont allow dusting to be done while it is on. If you want to clean it yourself then simply use a blower to blow away any dust. I have not actually opened up a laptop but the same has been done to a desktop. If really needed take it to a computer shop who will clean it for you from the inside, but always be there while they will do it unless you know the shop is reputed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therkb View Post
    My current laptop is just about a year old so I haven't opened it completely yet but have upgraded the ram. Used a blower to blow away dust.
    Hi!

    You say your laptop is just a year old!then it should have the latest OS win7 or 8?why did you have to upgrade the RAM? it had just1gb?because win7 erquires 2 gb RAM to work smoothly? please rep me because I am interested to know!I upgraded my laptop from XP to win 7 and increased the RAM to 2 gb! even now my laptop huffs and puffs to boot up!I just want to know if u had any similar problems? just academic interest!thanks in advance!

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    Sorry to barge in but with laptops the main bottle neck while booting is the hard drive speed. Laptops mostly come with 5400rpm hard drives and changing it to a SSD would greatly enhance booting and shutdown response times.

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    What if you dont clean your laptop, does it really matter?

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    Yes a hotter machine and eventually a deep fried processor. Keeping the air flowing is a must.

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    One rule I always go by is that if you know what you are doing do it, if you dont know or are unsure then leave it to an expert.

    I have also just seen a thread about cleaning the laptop fan, hope it helps http://www.indiabroadband.net/laptop...aptop-fan.html

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    Cleanin the internal parts of a laptop is not a newbie game. . . those tiny electronics are highly sensitive to static electricity. Before attempting to open the laptop, make sure yor "earth" yourself by touching on some metallic object. on the ground. (You will find more references in google).

    Once you open the laptop, you'll notice various bus cables connected to the board. Be careful not to pull up (as we do for IDE / SATA cables for hardisks) as it will damage the cable strip. There's small flap, which you need to pull up, and the bus cable slides out easily. (This is where everyone goes wrong!!). These bus cables connects the lapop display, onboard keys, power switch to the mainboard. Once the cable is damaged, there's a high chance that you wont get a spare, or you need to wait a long time to get one. . .

    My advise,. . take it to a computer shop and get it cleaned there. For an extra safety, you can remove your hardrive from the laptop, so that your data is kept private! Those computer guys are big time perverts!

    Cheers!
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    I myself take my laptop to a hardware guy to get it cleaned instead of messing around myself. It is just a once a year affair as my laptop not used outdoors so does not gather much dust.

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    Desktop cleaning is pretty easy and can be done without any problems but with a laptop there are too many small and delicate parts to handle.

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    I say what you dont know how to do, leave it to the experts, it is the best and safest way to go about.

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    Some laptops are easy to open, while others are not. If you're not good at working with your hands, it's best to hand over your laptop to a repair shop to do this for you. It's incredibly easy to break the plastic hinges when removing the panels, particularly if you have a laptop that opens from the top / keyboard area. If you're lucky enough to have a laptop that easily opens from the bottom, then this process won't be difficult at all.

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    Personally, I won't do it my own! Just call up the help desk unless you are out of warranty! On the other hand, even if it's out of warranty I think, cleaning won't cost you much.

    I faced the heating problem because of the dust accumulation. The mother board used to get hit to a level that you can bake on it - and the root cause was dust on the fan! My laptop was under warranty, I called up the support and they replaced the heat-sink fan after cleaning it. It was not too much dust there inside it but enough to get it compared with the electric baking heater!

    jokes apart - suggest don't try to clean it your own, I won't advise it.

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