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Thread: Why should you periodically clean out your tower?

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    Default Why should you periodically clean out your tower?

    So it doesn't end up looking like this DA I just purchased!

    Behold the evil dust bunnies:

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    It amazing this poor thing didn't die from asphyxiation!

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    Default Still more

    Was this thing sitting next to a clothes dryer?

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    Nice pictures of a really dirty DA. I'll open mine and clean it NOW

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    Default It gets worse.......

    This is the main source of cool air for this box. Nice eh?

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    Default All better now

    A few minutes with the air hose fixed 'er right up. You should have seen the dust cloud that came out of the PSU!

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    Good God Brane, by far the dirtiest I have ever seen. Beautiful job of cleaning it up. k

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    Default What's next?

    This baby gonna get the patented Brane cooling make over?

    What's that PCI card lurking in there?
    "Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining." -- Jef Raskin

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    A new project.

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    Fortunately it was mostly lint, and dust so it came right off with the air. It's in pretty good shape otherwise just a few minor scratches. The fans are even quiet, and move a good amount of air.

    That PCI card you see is an Audiophile 24/96. Unfortunately it wasn't showing in ASP in the 3rd slot. Moving it to the last slot prevented booting. It may be toast. I'll have to do some more experimenting.

    It also has a MacWireless 802.11g card. The guy's add said it was an Airport which was one of the reasons I drove up to SB to look at it. I managed to talk him down $50 though after teling him that was a big reason I was interested in it. I wanted the Airport for my Pismo. Still I think $250 for the DA was a good deal. It's a single 533 with 512MB RAM, GeForce2MX (supports 1680x1050 off the ADC! Yay!), Sony CD-R-RW, and 40G drive

    Yes it will be getting cooling mods. I'll have to approach 'em a bit different due to the different layout from the Gigabit, but the basic idea will be the same. Cool air in the bottom/front, and warm air out the back/top.

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    Talking At least not that kindo dirty...

    Custom Configurations! Rad Hacks and Mods!

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    Damn that is just sick.

    Some good stuff on that link. I especially like the self-ventilated laptop, and the packing tape PSU mount.

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    Hi, ive noticed this machine was refered to as "DA". what does DA stand for?

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    DA = Digital Audio
    QS = Quicksilver
    More... Right here.

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    Default Yuck !

    Hard to believe anybody would let a machine get in that condition.
    (As I pick up a cigarette...)

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    I managed to clean even more crud out of the PSU when I removed the cover to cut the guards out, and replace the fan. The mainboard of the PSU had gotten quite warm as it was discolored in the center, and pretty warped. So much so that I covered the board side of PSU cover with electrical tape so it won't short if it bends any more.

    I'm a smoker too, but I don't usually smoke in the studio. Funny that I care more about my gear than my lungs.

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    Perhaps a wake-up call for us...

    Dave
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    Default You should put down that cigerette

    if you think those pictures are nasty, I wish you could see the the inside of a Dell that I savaged. Clearly in a smoking enviroment. Iwas cleaning fan blades with denatured alcohol and a Q tip.
    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macnewbe
    ......Dell that I savaged.....
    Let 'em die Bob, let 'em die.

    Lungs on the other hand.......lads: It is January of a new year. Good time to stop smoking. It will kill you. Seriously. Give it some hard thought.
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    That is just so hard to do.
    I need something to play my old windoze games. Funny thing thought, it is still on the shelf and has not been booted since I checked it out to insure I got it working.I had even painted the case a nice bright blue.

    I have never smoked, but I can not image any one smoking after seeing the inside of that computer.
    Bob

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