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From: Albuquerque, NM, UD
Registered: Sep 2001

posted May 26, 2002 14:57     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I live in a very dusty area--the sandstorm we had last week left a hefty layer of dust on everything I own--and I have pets, one of whom sheds a lot seasonally.

Much as I love opening up my computer, I'm thinking of cutting some filter pads to the intake fans to cut down on the dust and fur which can get into it.

Has anyone tried this, and with what results?

(I've considered connecting an air purifier to the intakes with some air ducts and duct tape, but I'm not sure about the effectiveness of that, too.)

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From: Waterloo, Canada
Registered: Jan 2000

posted May 27, 2002 12:03     Click Here to See the Profile for Migrant Programmer   Click Here to Email Migrant Programmer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Every computer should have air filters on the intakes and fans! Dust buildup causes fans to fail and chips to overheat. In extreme cases the conductivity of the dust could end up shorting something out..

My personal box is a 4U rackmount case with a nice removable air filter tray -- you just pull it out, clean or replace the filter (a vaccuum works well if you hold on tight =)) and pop it back in. The dustier the environment, the more often you should clean it. Compared to cleaning out the inside of your case, it's an easy job.

An air purifier seems a little excessive, but the filters on those do last a lot longer between changes/cleaning =)

Here's a review someone wrote about fan filters:

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From: Detroit/Windsor
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posted May 27, 2002 14:28     Click Here to See the Profile for Rednivek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow... pet shedding... dust all over.... are your eyes ok?

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From: University of Florida
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posted May 28, 2002 12:43     Click Here to See the Profile for Lex   Click Here to Email Lex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Use some weak magnets to hold the filter to the case for easy removal

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