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Computer house keeping.


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In Ireland, but born Bucks.
Well folks....I started up the computer this morning, and there was an aweful vibration coming from it. Near shook my falsies out.:eek::biggrin:

So I proceeded to dismantle the casing, and have a look see inside.:rolleyes:

Thought I'd better turn off the power to it, as I slowly slid the side off it.:eek:

So, with all the guts of it exposed to my hammer and screwdriver, I started to poke and prod it about, to try and see what was loose or broken.

Nothing was apparent, to I reconnected the power and stood back waiting for the bang. The vibration was still there, so in classic 'Steve style', I gave it a more than gentle thump with my little fist.

A cloud of dust shout out the vent, and the cooling fan started to make a slightly different noise. Unable to access the fan, without dismantling the whole thing, I poked my insulated screwdriver inside and stuck it on the fan blades.:eek:
More clouds of dust emitted from the vent.:rolleyes:

So off I went and got the old vacuum cleaner out, and put the smallest nozzle on the end of the hose. (I had turned the computer off again, by this time. :biggrin: ).

Stuck the nozzle near the fan, and it wound up to about 10,000 RPM. Dust was flying all over the place by now.:biggrin:........and some actually got sucked up by the vacuum cleaner.
I gave the components a quick but firm flick with a small paint brush, which disturbed even more dust. Sucked it up, and reassembled the computer.:rolleyes:

Running perfectly and quietly now.:2fun:

Easy stuff, this computer house keeping.:rolleyes:


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Care and feeding of your computer

I've been working on a project at work to ensure all our end users know how to back up data in preparation for company wide computer upgrades. I'm tempted to hand this out to some of our users.

1. Never leave diskettes in the disk drive, as data can leak out of the disk and corrode the inner mechanics of the drive. Diskettes should be rolled up and stored in pencil holders.

2. Diskettes should be cleaned and waxed once a week. Microscopic metal particles can be removed by waving a powerful magnet over the surface of the disk. Any stubborn metallic shavings can be removed with scouring powder and soap. When waxing diskettes, make sure application is even. This will allow the diskettes to spin faster, resulting in better access time.

3. Do not fold diskettes unless they do not fit in the drive. "Big" diskettes may be folded and used in "little" disk drives.

4. Never insert a disk into the drive upside down. The data can fall off the surface of the disk and jam the intricate mechanics of the drive.

5. Diskettes cannot be backed up by running them through the Xerox machine. If your data needs to be backed up, simply insert two diskettes together into the drive whenever you update a document; the data will be recorded on both diskettes.

6. Diskettes should not be inserted into or removed from the drive while the red light is flashing. Doing so could result in smeared or possibly unreadable text. Occasionally the red light continues to flash in what is known as a "hung" or "hooked" state. If your system is "hooking" you, you will probably need to insert several dollars before being allowed to access the disk drive.

7. If your diskette is full and you need more storage space, remove the disk from the drive and shake vigorously for two minutes. This will pack the data ("data compression") enough to allow for more storage. Be sure to cover all the openings with scotch tape to prevent loss of data.


You Know It's Time To Turn Your Computer Off When...

A friend calls and says, "How are you? Your phones have been busy for a year!"

You forgot how to work the TV remote control.

You see something funny and scream, "LOL, LOL."

You meet the mailman at the curb and swear he said YOU'VE GOT MAIL.

You sign off and your screen says you were on for 3 days and 45 minutes.

You fall asleep, but instead of dreams you get IMs.

You buy a laptop and a cell phone so you can have AOL in your car.

Tech support calls YOU for help.

You beg your friends to get an account so you can "hang out."

You get a second phone line just to call out for pizza.

You purchase a vanity car license plate with your screen name on it.

You say "he he he he" or "heh heh heh" instead of laughing.

You say "SCROLL UP" when someone asks what it was you said.

You sneak away to your computer when everyone goes to sleep.

You talk on the phone with the same person you are sending an instant message to.

You look at an annoying person off-line and wish that you had your ignore button handy.

You start to experience "withdrawal" after not being online for a while.

"Where did the time go?"

You sit on AOL for 6 hours for that certain special person to sign on.

You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.

.....You end your sentences with.....three or more periods.......

You've gone to an unstaffed AOL room to give tech support.

You think faster than the computer.

You enter a room and get greeted by 25 people with {{{hugs}}} and **kisses**.

Being called a "newbie" is a major insult to you.

You're on the phone and say BRB.

Your teacher or boss recommends a drug test for the blood shot eyes.

Your answering machine/voice mail sounds a little like this...."BRB. leave your S/N and I^ll TTYL ASAP".

You need to be pried from your computer by the Jaws-of-Life.

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