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Clean Computer CD Drives

Posted on May 18, 2010 by | No Comments

Whether you use a desktop, laptop or external component, CD drives all work relatively the same way. When a CD is inserted, a small lens reads the disk as it spins and send the information to another part of the computer. Apart from inserting and removing CDs, the drives work completely automatically. At times they may appear not to function, or may not be able to read or write CDs as reliably as they could before. Instead of costly replacements or repairs, there are a few ways to clean your CD drive to remove dust, dirt and other hindrances.

Things You’ll Need:
• Can of compressed air
• CD cleaning kit
• 6-inch or longer thin stick
• Thin, soft, lint-free cloth.

Step 1
Gently blow dust and dirt from the inside of the CD drive compartment using canned air. Attach the small straw-like device to the can to get better control of the air flow, then inject air into the CD drive in short bursts. Avoid using the can’s full air pressure, as this may damage the internal components.
Step 2
Clean the inside of the CD drive with a CD cleaning kit if you cannot directly reach inside. These kits generally come with a blank CD and a bottle of cleaning solution. Follow the directions that come with your specific cleaning kit. The method usually involves applying some of the solution to the disc, then inserting it into the CD drive. The disc will spin, and the solution will clean off the lens by itself.
Step 3
Clean the lens and interior using a small stick with a soft, lint-free fabric over it. Wet one end with a cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol to gently clean the lens and surrounding drive. This is much easier if you have easy access to the drive itself, such as many laptops’ designs. Do not apply much pressure to the stick, as you only need enough pressure to remove any dust and want to avoid shifting the lens. When you are finished

Fix Laptop Overheating Issues

Posted on March 23, 2010 by | No Comments

Laptop Fan

Laptop Fan which reduces the heat inside the laptop

The overheating of laptops is mainly due to its compact size and lack of ventilation.
A noisy cooling fan that runs continuously is one sign that your laptop is overheating.
The result of laptop overheating are performance loss, system crashes and damage to
motherboard or any other components. To avod this make sure laptop ventilation are not
covered and keep it in a cool place as possible.

Follow these to avoid laptop overheating:

1. Always place your laptop on a flat surface like desktop. If you use it on your lap make sure the ventilations are not blocked by your clothes. Blocked vents will increase the heat the laptop. Try not to place the laptop on sofas or bed. Laptops left on a surface that holds the heat in can be permanently damaged.

2. Clean the cooling fan exhaust system which is located on the side or back of the case. A clogged cooling fan vent keeps hot air trapped inside the case. 

3.A commercial laptop cooler will extend the life of your laptop.This is an external USB powered fan
that is placed below the laptop and serve as a base for the laptop.

4.Check your BIOS settings.In most laptops, fan speed, CPU temperature alarms etc can be adjusted through BIOS settings.Do this only after checking the users manual.

Laptop Fan with Dust Covered

Laptop Fan covered with dust, this increases the heat inside the laptop

Laptop Vents Covered with dust

Laptop Vents Covered with dust, this create more heat inside laptops.

Cleaning Laptop Keyboard

Posted on March 23, 2010 by | No Comments

Like almost everything else on a laptop, a keyboard is also different from the standard computer keyboard. With many laptop keyboards the keys cannot be completely removed. Therefore, we suggest cleaning the keyboard by using the same damp cloth you used to clean the exterior case of the laptop. In addition, compressed air can be used to spray any dust, dirt, or hair from in-between the keys.

Make sure laptop is unplugged and powered off. Also, remove the mouse, any discs or CDs, USB drives and anything else that is connected with your laptop

Don’t use the cleaning liquid directly on your laptop parts

Cleaning Laptop Touch pad

Posted on March 23, 2010 by | No Comments

Cleaning Laptop Touchpad

Cleaning Laptop Touchpad

Cleaning the laptop touchpad can help to improve the look of the laptop and also
will help to improve the responsiveness of the touchpad.

Before start cleaning the touchpad its safe to unplug the laptop from power before cleaning to avoid any electric shock for you.

Clean the touchpad with a neat cloth that has been very lightly dampened with clean distilled water.
Be careful not even a single drop of liquid get into any openings. Don’t use any paper towels or
tissues to clean the touchpad.

Cleaning the inside of a laptop computer can be a difficult task. However, in some situations, it may be necessary because of excessive dust and/or dirt buildup within the computer, such as on the processor’s heatsink.

Unfortunately, however, because of the complexity often involved in disassembling the laptop to reach many of these areas, Computer Hope cannot provide this information online for every laptop ever made. If you believe after cleaning your computer that it is still overheating because of dust and/or dirt buildup, we suggest taking the laptop to an authorized repair center.

Cleaning LCD display

Posted on March 23, 2010 by | No Comments

One of the most expensive components of a computer system or laptop is the LCD monitor or screen. Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screens are easily susceptible to damage and scratches, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you don’t touch the display surface and that you clean the screen correctly.

Not all types of cleaning solutions are acceptable for LCD screens. Using alcohol or ammonia – based cleaners repeatedly may cause permanent damage to the LCD. Over time, using these types of cleaners could cause the surface of the screen to yellow. It can also make the screen brittle and eventually cause cracking on the screen surface.

The following cleaners should NOT be used:
• Acetone
• Ethyl alcohol
• Ethyl acid
• Ammonia
• Methyl chloride

The following types of cleaners are acceptable:
• Water
• Vinegar (mixed with water)
• Isopropyl Alcohol
• Petroleum Benzene

Some basic supplies needed to clean an LCD screen include:
• A soft cotton cloth. When cleaning the LCD screen it is important to use a soft cotton cloth, rather than an old rag. Some materials, such as paper towels, could cause scratches and damage the LCD screen.
• Solution of water and isopropyl alcohol. This solution can be used along with the soft cotton cloth.
• Computer wipes. Only use these if they specifically state on the package they are designed for LCD laptop screens. Computer wipes can come in handy for fast clean-ups or when you want to avoid mixing up a cleaning solution yourself.

To clean the LCD surface properly:
• Do not spray any liquids on the LCD screen directly, and do not use paper towels, this can cause the LCD screen to become scratched.
• Always apply the solution to your cloth first, not directly to the parts you are cleaning. You want to avoid dripping the solution directly into your computer or laptop.
• Stroke the cloth across the display in one direction, moving from the top of the display to the bottom.

Occasionally clean your computer as follows:

• Use a soft cloth moistened with non-alkaline detergent to wipe the exterior of the computer.
• Avoid spraying cleaner directly on the display or the keyboard.

• Gently wipe the display with a dry, soft cloth.
• Laptop users: If you see a scratch like mark on your display, it might be a stain transferred from the keyboard, or the TrackPoint (R) pointer, when the cover was pressed from the outside. Wipe or dust the stain gently with a soft, dry cloth. If the stain remains, moisten a soft, lint-free cloth with water that does not contain impurities, wring out as much of the water as you can, and then gently wipe the display again. Be sure to dry the display before closing the laptop.

Prior to the use of any chemical agents, be sure to read and understand the manufacturer label for warnings, toxicity, handling, and directions for proper use.

Avoiding all LCD screen contact and proper cleaning of the LCD screen will be rewarded with years of service, best picture quality, and insurance against costly damage.