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Re: [tlug] Dust busters?

Thanks for all the advice; I'd not thought about taking out hard drives
and making sure fans don't spin, before either sucking or blowing.

This review and its comments (from the link Shaun gave), also warn about
static electricity from using a vacumn and recommend the compressed air:

On 2013-05-23 06:16, Lyle H Saxon wrote:
> ...worsened again not long after that.  At this point I did some extensive
> Google searches for that model (HP Pavilion DV-6700), and it appears to be
> a very common problem.  At that point, I advised my friend to trash the
> d**n thing and just get a new computer.  He did, and the problem is solved.
>  (It was about four years old and out of warranty.) ...
> the aggravation and wasted time spent fighting an inherently bad
> hardware design should be weighed against the possibility of buying
> a new laptop.

My searches on Dell notebooks suggested lumps of dust was the prime
cause of these shutdowns. There were some cynical comments that it is by
design: the dust doesn't build up in the first year while it is still
under guarantee, but after about 18 months it starts dying, so people go
and buy a new notebook.

Gold-level Conspiracy Theory: Perhaps Dell and HP conspire on this, as
many people will flip-flop between those two brands. I bet Microsoft is
involved too, to force people to upgrade Windows more often. ;-)

Anyway, at this point I smiled smugly, as I paid extra for the 4 year
guarantee, thereby beating the system! But this is still my main
machine; I don't really want to send it away for repairs until I've
bought its replacement. I'd like to limp along for six more months if I
could. So, maybe the system beat me after all.


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