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How to clean out your computer or laptop

In the video, Cory Pedersen talks about how to clean out your computer or laptop.


To start off, you will need to get compressed air and a screwdriver to open up the computer case.

First you need to shut down and unplug your computer, disconnect wires such as the LAN cable, all peripherals, monitor cables, scanners, printers, keyboards, speakers, and mice.

Then move somewhere where you can ventilate dust as the job may be dirty, preferably outside.

Next, remove the screws that holds the side panel, after removing these screws you will be able to slide off the computers panels.

Now that the computer panel is open use the compressed air, you may want to consider wearing a dust mask.

Use your compressed air to blow out the inside of your computer. It’s wise to start dusting from the upper region of the computer, then work your way down. This way you can blow out all the dust that settles on the lower components in one job, making sure you are holding the can of compressed air upright, since if inverted, there is a possibility it can be let out as a liquid which can damage your computer.

Once you are finished dusting, look around internally and externally in the computer. When you are sure it is dusted thoroughly, put the side panels back on and screw them back onto the computer. Then reattach the cables connecting to the computer.

For laptops, get a can of compressed air and point it at the laptop’s cooling vents. Use a few short bursts of air at different angles, making sure to blow mostly in the direction of the air vent. This should knock dust out of the laptop’s vents. Be careful when doing this. If you aim a blast of compressed air directly at a cooling fan in a vent, you could cause the cooling fan to spin too quickly. Don’t aim the air directly at the fan and give it a long blast. Instead, blow air in short bursts, waiting in between to ensure you’re not spinning the fan too quickly.

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