Computer Preventive Maintenance Questions

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Julie P., Oct 4, 2004.

  1. Julie P.

    Julie P. Guest

    Hi, someone here said you should change all of your computer fans every 6
    months. Is this true? And if so, where is the cheapest place to buy them?
    How many fans does a typical computer have? And are there fans in the
    monitor as well?

    Also, I read about this special computer repair glove, that allows you to
    discharge electricity from the internal computer parts before you remove
    them. Is this really necessary? Or is merely unplugging your computer

    Julie P., Oct 4, 2004
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  2. Julie P.

    Jamco Guest

    You don't need to replace your computer fans, maybe dust them off, but thats
    about it.
    don't need a special glove either, you can buy little rist bands that are
    good, or you can just took the case to make sure you don't have a static
    charge, and you SHOULD be ok.
    Jamco, Oct 4, 2004
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  3. Julie P.

    why? Guest

    Never have replaced any yet. 90 odd servers at work and none have been
    replaced by the method you mention, only the ocassional failures.

    Cheapest could be anywhere, depends if you use major retailer, computer
    specialist store, mail order.
    PSU 1 fan
    Northbridge 1 fan (or not)
    CPU 1 fan

    Extras, can be 2 / 3 or more.

    I have 1 extra aimed right at 2 hardisks only 5 cm away otherwise they
    run hot.
    Anti-Static Wrist Strap. Always use one.

    why?, Oct 4, 2004
  4. Julie P.

    Julie P. Guest

    Thanks! what does "you can just took the case" mean? You mean if I shake it,
    that will get rid of static electricity?
    Julie P., Oct 4, 2004
  5. Julie P.

    Julie P. Guest

    Thanks. I guess I read somewhere it is better to replace them no matter
    what, every six months, to prevent a sudden fan failure, since a sudden
    failure will mean your computer will be totaled most likely
    so there is a way to measure internal temperature? would it be good for
    regular home computers to buy this thermometer?

    thanks! I will get one.

    Julie P., Oct 4, 2004
  6. Julie P.

    Julie P. Guest

    also, do you need to make a special lint filter for your computer, as this
    website recommends:

    "Did you come up with an external air filter?
    Actually, yes, but its not elegant. I bought an air filter and taped it onto
    a PC case fan, and directed the air from that into the side air intake. This
    is the sort of thing that you could leave on the desk where you normally use
    the laptop, but you wouldn't want to bring it with you. A better solution
    might be to buy a fine screen and attach it to the outside where you could
    clean it, like a clothing dryer lint filter or something might work well,
    but you need to be sure that the filter isn't constricting the air flow.

    David Bishop writes: Buy a pair of women's nylon stockings(I prefer to use
    black stockings since it shows the dirt better and usually matches the
    notebook case better), cut a single layer to size and tape it over the air
    intakes (don't stretch the stockings). I've used electrical tape (better
    color match, thinner, but tends to fall off rather quickly) or duct tape
    (lasts longer, but looks bad and is thicker, which can make a unit rock if
    you have to cover one of the feet). When the 'filter' shows a lot of dust,
    remove it and repeat. The stockings don't significantly restrict airflow, it
    is totally portable, and if you match the colors well, virtually invisible."
    Julie P., Oct 4, 2004
  7. Julie P.

    Jamco Guest

    sorry, it means i can't spell
    ment to say just touch the case
    Jamco, Oct 4, 2004
  8. Julie P.

    Jamco Guest

    a fan failure won't do much damage
    the fan on the chipset on my computer has been dead for about 3 months, no
    problems with anything yet!!
    Many computers don't even have a case fan, so its not a big deal really.
    If fan for the CPU (heatsink/fan) goes, if you have a newish mb, it will
    turn your system off if it gets to hot, and you'll therefore avoid any

    Whoever told you to replace fans every since months was just looking to make
    some money off of you.
    Jamco, Oct 4, 2004
  9. Julie P.

    foolinyu Guest

    he mean touch the casse
    foolinyu, Oct 4, 2004
  10. Julie P.

    Julie P. Guest

    :) Thank you!

    Julie P., Oct 4, 2004
  11. Julie P.

    Julie P. Guest

    good to know this. I just tend to worry too much!

    Julie P., Oct 4, 2004
  12. Julie P.

    foolinyu Guest

    Hi, someone here said you should change all of your computer fans every 6
    Assuming those are good quality fans and replacing them every six months are
    asking for trouble as new equipment has a higher failure rate than equipment
    that has been burn in.
    foolinyu, Oct 4, 2004
  13. Yep. Never replaced a fan either. Just vacuumed them clean every now
    and then (every few months).
    Bruce the Shark, Oct 4, 2004
  14. Julie P.

    SgtMinor Guest

    Computer innards and vacuum cleaners are not a good match due to
    possible static electricity discharges. Better to use compressed air
    and blow the dust out.
    SgtMinor, Oct 4, 2004
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    Dodo Guest

    Older computers utilize fans that suck air into the case and may benifit
    from filtering air that is entering the case. Modern computers utilize fans
    that suck air out of the case and will not benefit from filtering air that
    is leaving the case.
    Dodo, Oct 4, 2004
  16. I neglected to mention that I remove the fans and vacuum them OUT of
    the PC's tower. I would never take a vacuum directly to the innards
    of the tower itself.
    Bruce the Shark, Oct 4, 2004
  17. Julie P.

    Dan Evans Guest

    Connected to an earth. I've seen people with a the blue writband looking all
    professional, but the sproingly black cord not actually plugged into an
    earthing point. And yes, they did think they were doing it right.


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  18. Julie P.

    Dan Evans Guest

    And jumpers getting sucked off. Lucky old jumpers I say
    Yep, seconded.


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  19. Julie P.

    Shel-hed Guest

    I use a vacuuum ... :-O
    *But*.. What I do is use a small brush attachment, hold the metal hose end with one
    hand and the case with the other. Also I make sure the PS and power bar switches are
    off, but leave the tower plugged in to the power bar so I have a good ground.
    Every third or fourth time I take it outside and use the vacuum in reverse and blow it
    Shel-hed, Oct 5, 2004
  20. Julie P.

    Shel-hed Guest

    Filters are a great Idea.
    The best setup is to slightly pressurise your case with filtered air so that dusty air
    doesn't get sucked into the case via the floppy and cd drives.
    This may be going to the edge of geekyness, but it may make the difference when you
    need to use your boot floppy and your dusty drive eats it. :p
    Shel-hed, Oct 5, 2004
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