Re: Hardware woes - Any helpful hints?
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Thu, 31 Jul 1997 10:17:16 -0400
Do not put anything over the fan! If you hold your hand over the fan,
you'll find its blowing out, not sucking in. The fan pulls air from vents
in the front of your tower and exhausts in the rear. You may also have a
second fan inside the case that directs air over the system board, and
possibly another small fan attached directly to the CPU.
If dust and multi-legged critters are a real problem, you're better off
opening the system and blowing it out with a can of air on a regular,
routine, basis. When blowing out the system, clean everything, but pay
close attention to the vents in the front of the case, the openings on the
power supply (the silver box where the rear fan is located) and around the
drives. If you have the type of air can that comes with a little straw, you
can blow out the inside of the diskette drives, but don't put the straw more
than about a third of the way in. You could damage the read/write heads.
If possible, take the system outside to clean it. The first time you do it
will make a heck of a mess.
Above all, make sure you hear the fan running. You wouldn't beleive how
many people have told me that their fan used to make lots of noises, but
fixed itself and is now silent. Silence is not good. Silence means the fan
stopped. Stopped fans cause computer failures, at best, and fires, at worst.
My guess is that your hard drive failure was probably unrelated to heat.
Since it was under warranty it must be a fairly new system. Computer
components usually die in one of two manners -- infant mortality, or old
age. Your hard drive was probably just a baby :-) The CD not playing music
was most likely a software setup problem.
If I can be of any further help, write me direct.
Jan Mussler wrote:
> Could I put a piece of that thin craft sponge over the fan to
>filter the crud without inhibiting the air flow to the hardware?
>Last week, my hard drive crashed for no apparent reason other than
>possibly the above. It's good to be back. CD-ROM apparently wasn't
>playing music as well and I didn't know it. The good news was that it was
>all under warranty.
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>Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
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