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Old 05-13-2013, 12:35 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Peregrine View Post
That is easily the worst I've ever seen. Just.... wow.
I've had worse. I worked for a company the made steel forms for concrete construction and the PCs in the shop areas would come back literally packed with dust "elephants". I was amazed that they still ran.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Canada
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And you know this beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt how?

Grabbing my popcorn, this oughta be good.....
Dust on the motherboard or on your connections can cause device failure, slowdowns, crashes and other problems. It can make parts stop working or block the airflow that your computer needs.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Canada
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If you think DUST caused the customer's system to run slower, then please for the benefit of humanity GET OUT of the computer repair business because you're doing yourself and everybody a disservice.

You're welcome from the Geek Max.
Did you know that dust clogging the fan can worsen performance. It makes your PC hotter which is bad for the CPU.
Mainly dust blocks the air vents that provide the cooling for the processor and other electronic components. This can cause overheating and failure of the component.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Dust would most certainly have a negative impact on system performance. Silicon works much less efficiently as the temperature rises; excess dust not only clogs the computer's fans, it acts as a great, big thermal blanket.

At the very least, the customer would have experienced random crashes. Frankly, I'm surprised the pictured system could even make it through its POST.
Exactly!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:32 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I've had worse. I worked for a company the made steel forms for concrete construction and the PCs in the shop areas would come back literally packed with dust "elephants". I was amazed that they still ran.
I made a few service calls to a tire company. Whenever I opened up a PC in the office area, the owner would go get an air hose and blow all the dirt out. (I always kinda winced when he did that.)
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I made a few service calls to a tire company. Whenever I opened up a PC in the office area, the owner would go get an air hose and blow all the dirt out. (I always kinda winced when he did that.)
The company I used to work for supplied machines to hundreds of restaurants. We blew out all of the equipment that came back in with an air compressor.

I still use one on most of my equipment if I've got something torn down enough to take it out back, although I used canned air for routine cleanings without unplugging everything.
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