I always keep my computer clean,internally and externally.

@tintukm (1083)
India
September 5, 2009 12:24pm CST
There's always a need to keep our personal computers clean,both internally and externally. The better we are at maintaining the computer the better is the life of it.Since I got my computer after so many years of request to my father,I would want the existing computer of mine to be living long.Everything has got to do with the way deal with it,rather never dusting it or even no dust covers can harm the speed,the durability and performance.The cleaning up of the hard drives by disk clean up and also disk defragmentation can make the computer run fast and a little better than usual.These are the methods I know,do any know any other tricks maintaining the speed and things like that,except for the increasing budget for the add on like Ram,or Video cards Spending a little time for these purposes can really serve well in time ahead. Share your thoughts.
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@Jemina (5779)
6 Sep 09
This is a bright idea indeed. I also love cleaning my computer/laptop not only from dust but also from clutters that are composed of files. I am very organized with my files. All of my important ones are saved in Drive D so that if a virus attacks and I need to reformat, my files won't be affected. I use disk clean-up and CCleaner to to free some space in my system. Temporary internet files, error reports and stuff are recorded or saved somewhere but CCleaner and disk clean-up can get rid of them all and best thing is that they are free.
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
Yup, constant use of the internet do make our computer filled with the sorts of files you mentioned.Its a good plan of putting all your needed files in another drive rather than the same operating system files.
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@Jemina (5779)
8 Sep 09
It's true and speaking of cleaning, I have just run CCleaner and got back 700MB of space that had been used up by cookies and temporary internet files. I also run Registry and fixed errors. I love to clean my laptop all the time.
@tintukm (1083)
• India
9 Sep 09
Always keeping the regular cleaning can save spaces in the drives rather waiting too long,it also make the speed go up every time the cleaning is done.
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@dhugoi (315)
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
External refers to the outside part, internally is always referring to cleaning the software side of computer? correct me if I'm wrong. But there's another physical internal part of it, the inside of your computer itself, you have to open the case of your system case, monitor lcd if you have one and keyboard to do that, mouse is out of the question since most are now optical, which you cannot do on a weekly basis, 2 to 3 times a year are more logical, I'm talking about desktop computer here. Adding some cooling fan on your computer will definitely good. Keeping the heat will play a big rule in a lifespan of your computer. If you're using laptop (notebook) there are commercially made stand with fan at the bottom to suck heat away. My desktop computer have at least 2 additional fan, and i added also a recycled heat sink from old pc on important integrated circuit, I cut them to size.
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
Yes the desktop computers,cleaning in any aspect is vital as far its cleaning the computer. Fans do play a important role in the dusting part,its also the one that's responsible for the future life of the computer because it maintains the optimum temperature of all internal components,that's simply cooling for life,ain't it.
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@dhugoi (315)
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
Yes cleanliness is vital not only in computer but to all tools or machine, may it be internally or externally. Specially in electronic part, the manufacturing plant of any Integrated Circuit are called "clean room" it's static or dust free.
@tintukm (1083)
• India
10 Sep 09
Regular or any day cleaning is more under our budget,well the ultra way way of cleaning suggested by you will actually settle our computer into a new one,right.
• Bangladesh
6 Sep 09
I am using computer form since 1999, and that time m using the 300Mhz processor with a few MB of RAM and VGA graphics with a Hard disk size is only 5GB. i am very careful about my computer for update all the time. If u like a better performance from your computer u have to maintain its internally as well as externally. Internally maintains means up to date ur anti virus software and Operating system as well as other software and run diffregment in scheduled way. and externally means you should clean your computer from dust and maintain the proper power supply. Then your computer will work very well.
@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
Any type of computer cleaning is cleaning,one who feels lazy to do that will surely have feel of it when its time for early computer change.
@MrKennedy (1993)
6 Sep 09
Unfortunately, I've grown complacent with my laptop over the years, and have allowed a tonne of redundant documents and applications to accumulate in its Hard Drive :( Despite this, it has yet to give me any problems, either technically or performance-wise. ~Mr. Kennedy~
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
Laptops instead of desktops,well good choice surely when the cleanliness is a big factor.as you say the documents and the applications are still giving problems in the hard drive.
• China
6 Sep 09
so funny ! i think the speed of your computer is not depended on how often you clear it.Many cleaness, especially in the internally, have bad influence for example if you don't fix the screw as well as it initially be you will get more dust than you don't do the clearness. In my mind, If you want to keep your computer well you should learn more skills to use many kinds of softwares. you shoul keep this word in your mind : the computer is constructed by the hardware and is used through the software.
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
Its your opinion,right.The dust that effects when we clean internal components,that just be done only if we are aware of the joints and the components otherwise only outer cleanings and software related cleaning must be preferred.
@marctiu (830)
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
I totally agree with you. I had my computer last October of 2008 and I clean it all the time until now because it is worth it. I rather clean my computer than having it broken because of dust. I have this anti virus now and it works perfectly find and it clean the whole system of my computer. I don't know how long it will take for this computer to survive, but I hope that this computer of mine will last longer because buying another set is very expensive and I can't imagine spending another bucks for another computer. I like the way you are maintaining your computer. Keep it up. It is expensive to have one computer repair than buying a new one. So, just make sure you clean your computer in a right manner and doesn't disrupt the chips inside. I have heard from a fellow classmate of mine that you can actually soak your computer in a basin of water and wash the dirt off with soap, but here's the catch you have to let all the hard drives dry first before you place an electricity on the machine. They said it is really effective. Just an advice don't even think about trying it. You might blame me for the damage. I'm just giving you the idea of a Computer Specialist, but I really don't know how they do it.
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
Upon getting new computer sets we all try and keep it neat and clean,for some days,buy unless one makes it a habit,this good habit will vanish into thin air and the computer will be just used. The tip you stated,I have heard of it,but I as you said ,am afraid of getting my computer's all important parts short circuited.The cleaning of these parts with a normal rubber/eraser would be good in my opinion,especially the chips.
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@Sir_bobby88 (8242)
• Singapore
6 Sep 09
Sadly my computer is full of falls and i seldom clean it yea , if it is until the extent for me to clean it , i think it is time for me to change computer yea .
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
Being sad with the faults in the computer of your 's may make you think the way you are thinking,no surprises.You may change your computer too,but get time to clean your existing computer may be at will work more effectively.
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@MrZenic (81)
• Singapore
6 Sep 09
I used to own a desktop. I would usually clean and keep it dust free as possible. It does affect speed and performance. I do used to use registry cleaners and whatnot. Some cases, it damaged my computer rather than enhance it. If you want to further improve performance you can try tweaking, which is risky or even hardware overlocking. This does require you to buy addition acessories to keep your computer cool. I think you can adjust your processors capibilities in Basic Input and Output System. I do not know how but I have heard of people doing it. Organising files for me can be a chore. I usually just put them in desktops which make it time consuming for me to manually organise. Ever since I moved to using a laptop, I have began my new habit of organising files especially when downloading. This way, I ensure that things are in place and are clean. To keep viruses and spyware away, I use AVG and Avast. To free some memory/space I use CCleaner. Defragmentation should be done religiously too. Maybe once in two weeks? With this I do hope my shelf life of my computer is extended, both software and hardware wise. I once had an experience of dust accumulating on my graphic card. It made my graphic card overheat for some reason. The screen also was affected as the graphic was affected. I had to physically clean my graphic card. Cheers!
@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
So now you own a laptop,well that usually gets less complaints on not going for the cleaning part.Yet one has to clean that too,since it works on battery,if the mains are off. Manual organizing is the best way to deal with computer,right ,see you
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• China
6 Sep 09
yes your have done a good job and i admire your good manner by always keeping your computer internally and externally clean. i clean my computer's cover once per two weeks or around. and clear the internal once monthly i guess. if you guys have suggestion to clean that more foten then i think i will have a look also.
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
The time you have been following to take time and clean is fine,many people don't even go for this once a monthly,they just use it and last throw it to be short.
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• India
6 Sep 09
Yes i love my computer to be neat and clean.I clean it once in a month from cabinet to keyboard.even though i clean it very well all its parts its fan especially,got the most dust in it every time.the computer needs to be clean as it first of all reduces the risk of getting hot due to dust coating,increases the components life. keeps it well ventilated and cool.for proper ventilation i have installed a new fan also in it.
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
The cabinet cleaning is always necessary fro many point of vies,it even helps us from getting fungus and infection into our body,when we spent a lot of our time with our computers,especially desktops.The fans do get the most part of dust,that shows how much of the wastes from th air is coming,getting additional fans is a good idea.
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@aprces (1082)
• China
5 Sep 09
Most of us only take care of internal OS and ignore external hardware.Actually the latter is crucial,which raise the former.Although we all know about that,but very often,we usually get an addiction on software of game in monitor.So it seems you are attentive person I never increase budget for my PC,because with the time gone,this budget can buy another new computer by adding little money,you know,this gadget upgrades quickly yearly,I just backup my data in my hard disk BTW,what tool you used to clean you PC?
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
That's the problem, ignoring the hardware is always risky for the computer's lifespan.The better we area t cleaning rather than always going for internal checks always,does do good for the computer. Yup the new models of computer come out every time and we may change them quickly after buying them,because our existing computer at hand may tend to give the feeling that its old and useless,actually we ourselves have made it that way .
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@tcty2008 (10)
• Hong Kong
5 Sep 09
I love to keep my computers clean, like you said it makes alot more out of your self when you keep the computer clean. For my views, u might be able to download some cleaners which can help you clean the internet registries, cookies and unwant files in your pc.
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@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
Thanks for the download tip,but I use my default tools to be more specific,the other tools can be a sort of not being user friendly.
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@jeneias (608)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I do keep mine pretty clean, outside and inside. I also switched to Linux Ubuntu so that I won't be at risk for viruses/spyware/etc. That way, I won't have to clean so much. I like to keep all my files clean and organized. It makes it so much easier to used the computer when everything is in place.
@tintukm (1083)
• India
5 Sep 09
Everything in order is always too good to use,none feels tired or stressed with the well organized way of dealing with computer files too.
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@smithid (123)
• Nigeria
8 Sep 09
There are so many things to do to keep the system clean. i will advice though if you are not grounded in the engineering part take the system to a qualified technician. Open the casing and bring out the ram, CPU and use brush and spirit and clean up the entire board(Mother). Insert the chips back and do some soft cleaning. Run scandisk to recover bad clusters. Defrag the system. You can use ccleaner to clear up cookies and all that get stored up in your system while you browse and clear up your registry. All these will help tweak up your system. You can also stop processes and services you don't often use. Type services.msc on the run prompt found in your start menu.
@tintukm (1083)
• India
9 Sep 09
I open up my case and do the cleaning of my computer's motherboard and Rams,the defragmentation and cleanups are also performed,sometimes actually stopping some the services may render problems while being connected to the internet.Many programs are sometimes difficult to distinguish,whether the one is the default one or the added one.
@hsofyan (3447)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
5 Sep 09
1. Off / disable several programs / services facilities that are not needed. 2. Standard setting.
@tintukm (1083)
• India
7 Sep 09
The standard settings are good,but when we are actually in need of some other tools,for any purpose of our 's the is it better to use standard or go for custom. Happy lol
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