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Cleaning laptops - dusty environment
« on: April 15, 2019, 10:20:45 am »
OK a simple question that's probably common sense but here goes.

I work in an industrial environment where dust and fibre is inevitable. This is obviously not good for computers of any kind. So I think I need to pay more care to cleaning my laptop.

What is the best way to clean out the airflow channels in the laptop? Is it possible to just get one of those compressed air cans and blow through? We have airlines with oil and dust traps, would this be safe?

Basically I'm not sure what's best for the laptop. Desktop units get opened up and airline but I doubt you can do that to a laptop as easily. Or at least easy enough for me to bother.

BTW if I did nothing what is the likely outcome? Overheating I guess. Right now the cooling fan gives out a bit of noise occasionally which led to my query. That's possibly due to dust I reckon. I did hear that laptops have better designed airflow channels due I compact size. The guy who told me that said they mostly blow dust straight out rather than depositing it like desktop units. Possibly a load of BS.


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Re: Cleaning laptops - dusty environment
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 10:35:49 am »
Laptops are hard because they're much less easy to access the internals than a tower

Is it possible to part-disassemble your laptop? Then you can get in there with the cleaning tools. The problem with canned air is you can end up blowing the nasties inside the guts.

The guys on tour in Iraq and Afghanistan used to take cooling trays with them which can help a lot. Basically the symptoms were performance slowdowns or sometimes outright crashes.

To be honest I think the best option is to use a low-intensity device like an iPad where possible and keep it in a hermetically sealed case. The guys on the sites used ones like these

Might not fit your requirements though you could experiment with having a tablet which does the actual legwork in off site computing (i.e. the cloud).
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Re: Cleaning laptops - dusty environment
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 01:03:08 pm »
Office based but the nature of the business means dust in the air. Below levels for H&S issues but it is enough to build up. Unfortunately a tablet doesn't work for us / me. It's a desktop use, general office work.

I think there is an overheating issue occasionally. There certainly a slowdown. Mind you it's very old laptop. Unlikely to get a replacement though so need to keep it usable. Typical smaller business (50 employees mostly shopfloor) don't spend unless you have to and then it has to be cost effective / cheap (large capital equipment expenditure apart).