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Old 05-11-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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(taken from Customer said that their computer is running slow. : WTF)


Anyone got any advice on how to speed it up?

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Old 05-11-2013, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I had heavy dust collect on my intakes everywhere on my current desktop. Maybe it affected the power supply as it hesitated to switch on. Then I power vacuumed everything with a shop vac and now the computer works fine. Seems like a vacuum cleaner is a tool everyone needs to maintain their computer.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I see a floppy cable in there.

Time to upgrade. No amount of cleaning is going to speed that thing up appreciably.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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What in the world ?!?
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:24 PM
 
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(taken from Customer said that their computer is running slow. : WTF)


Anyone got any advice on how to speed it up?
Just because it's dusty doesn't mean that's the cause of the slowness...

Do you suspect the dust worked it's way onto the system bus or clogged up some of the CPU registers?
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:31 PM
 
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I see a floppy cable in there.

Time to upgrade. No amount of cleaning is going to speed that thing up appreciably.
That has nothing to do with the speed of a computer. My very fast computers both have floppy cables in them because they both have floppy drives. Silly assumption.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:33 PM
 
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If the OP is a tech and is trying to make a point it's the wrong one. If the solution is based on the picture then the solution is wrong.

Good picture. Terrible tech.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Just because it's dusty doesn't mean that's the cause of the slowness...
It's possible because the heat sink is clogged up and made the CPU run hot so it throttled down to prevent burning up.

Here's a neat clip. Something about Intel CPUs hmm...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHH6u56iA0E
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Silly assumption.
No, it's not.

A consumer grade user that never opens the case isn't going to special order a Compaq PC with a floppy drive, and no modern PC (especially a brand name) is going to come with one out of the box. If the interior of the PC is that dusty, I guarantee that the heads of the FDD is equally coated in grime, and the floppy isn't working anymore. If they had a specific need for it, they would have had it replaced, in which case the interior of the system would have been cleaned and wouldn't be that dirty. There's also the fact that in the vast majority of situations, it would take years for that amount of dust to build up.

We're also looking at a 40 wire IDE cable in there...

It's simple deductive reasoning, Tek. I'm actually kind of surprised that you disagreed with me. As a tech type, I would have expected you to be a bit more analytical than using yourself - someone that would never let a system get into that condition in the first place - as a basis for comparison. Don't confuse the brevity of my post with my making "silly assumptions." That in itself actually is a "silly assumption."
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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I had heavy dust collect on my intakes everywhere on my current desktop. Maybe it affected the power supply as it hesitated to switch on. Then I power vacuumed everything with a shop vac and now the computer works fine. Seems like a vacuum cleaner is a tool everyone needs to maintain their computer.
Jesse, vacuums have the potential to create a static charge and there is little bits and piece in there that can possibly come off like jumpers. They should never be used inside a computer case.
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