When do I know when it is time for maintenance on the computer?

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  1. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909

    One clue as to needing cleaning is the noise produced by the fans as the heat builds up. I have one computer with a finned heatsink that starts a whine went it's getting plugged up, time to clean. I'm a bit sensitive to high-pitched sound, used to have Western Union/Teletype machines about 4 feet behind me at work and knew when the bearings in them needed servicing before the technicians did.
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  2. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1

    You should be maintaining your PC all the time
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  3. x509's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro

    udidwht said:
    I use Swiffer dry sheets and cover all my intake vents. Keeps the majority of dust out of the PC.
    What about temps inside your system?
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  4. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1320 (x64) [21H2]

    Renault R35 said:
    Thank you for pointing out, I will take a look at it. Don't know if I can open the case myself. This will also remind me to keep my room clean and often cleaning and dust off.

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    Now you are mentioning cables, I want to do some cable management. But don't know how. I'm wanting to work those cables away nice, tidy and clean. I don't know if the dust can get out ofthe case, I will see.

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    So, some components could need to be replaced every once in a while? Interesting...

    Working on and inside computers is like adult Legos. It's not that hard.
    Probably the safest way to learn is on an old but working computer.

    Then you can practice things like taking it apart, cleaning it, moving cables, etc., and if worse comes to worst... no great loss.
    In the long run, you'll save hundreds or thousands of dollars, doing things yourself.

    It's up to you ofc, but for most computers, all you need is a Philips head screwdriver, an LED flashlight, and some patience.
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