Clean up! Cool down!
Laptop and desktop cleaning.
A heavy build-up of dust occurs over time in most desktop and laptop computers, which can cause overheating and shortened life. This article covers the cleaning operations that are required.
- Be aware of electrostatic discharge: Ground yourself
- Brushes and vacuum cleaners can generate ESD
- Exercise care while you work
- Be aware of electrical danger: switch off or unplug
- PPE: Dust can be very unpleasant
Laptop and Desktop Cleaning
The slides from Ben Skidmore's presentation on 2014-11-13 are referenced below. In due course these will be transformed into a Wiki page which will replace this page.)
- Main presentation (OpenOffice Presentation format): Media:Clean_Up!_Cool_Down!_Nov_14.odp
- Main presentation (PDF format): Media:Clean_Up!_Cool_Down!_Nov_14.pdf
- Working with heatsinks and replacing the thermal compound (PDF format): Media:Working_with_heatsinks.pdf
- The video How To Apply Thermal Paste shows what happens when several methods to apply thermal past are used. It is clear that the pea method as explained by Ben in his presentation is best.
- Artic Silver Application methods for applying thermal compound to Intel® CPU
- Artic Silver Application methods for applying thermal compound to AMD® CPU