Re: Hot Computers
Yeah, when I built my first P.C. from scratch, I forgot to put the cover on the back, where all the connectors poke out. It was only when I had screwed everything in place that I found it, and went [img]images/smilies/wutblau.gif[/img] BASTARD !!!!
"Oh well, what's the worse that could happen ? " I said to myself. I couldn't be arsed disconnecting everything, because it would mean going all the way down and stripping the motherboard and disconnecting the motherboard, then seating the little silver coloured strip in place and putting the motherboard back in place, and reconnecting everything. I just couldn't be arsed.
Well, I got a couple of years out of it, then things started going a bit peculiar. Bearing in mind that I was using an overclocked Athlon Processor (750 MHz - 1 GHz), that unit got HOT !!! All the static naturally attracted dust. Plus, with that bloody gap in the back of my P.C., it was an open invitation for dust to accumulate !
It got to the point where my P.C. would start up fine, but anything requiring a reboot after that would mean switching the computer off for 10 minutes before switching it back on. Which, as you can imagine, gets really annoying during OS, AntiVirus, Application, etc. updates.
Anyway, I took it into work for someone to look at, and when we opened it up, it was caked in dust, and all the diodes were leaking. It was a miracle that the computer would start up.
Now, I connect everything and ensure that there is minimal access for dust to get in. Every month or so, I take the cover out and give it a clean. I have learnt my lesson from being a lazy bastard now !!! Especially when it hits me in the wallet !!!