One of the most common
hardware failures, is one you can probably fix!
So, your puter is OK for a while and then
it starts behaving erratically. It may have a hot smell
as well. The it finally shuts down. If you take it to the
shop you may be told just about anything out of ignorance
or avarice but the result is the same, you fork out large sums
of cash when it may have been something you could do aboard in
30 minutes for the cost of having a small screw driver and a
pair of tweezers.
To explain; your computer has a processor,
the heart of the beast, and it creates heat. So much heat that
a heat exchanger and fan is built in. Any environment, but particularly
a boat, has dust in the air. The dust eventually clogs the fine
grill on the heat exchanger, the processor overheats and runs
poorly and may even die but most likely just shuts down. Especially
if you catch the problem soon enough, you can save your computer
without putting yourself into the smiling hands of a person I
call a techno-snot. A twenty something with a cheap degree from
a cut-rate uni that knows little more than you, but little is
enough to cash in on baby boomers, renown for their/our Luddite
The photo captions give step by step instructions
on how to do this simple housekeeping chore that may save you
hundreds or thousands, on either laptop or PC. Pcs are
standardised enough that the pics will cover almost all around
however, laptops can vary widely. The example used here is an
ACER Aspire series. This may be one of the most popular models
of all time so the example may be useful to a lot of puterheads.
So now please scroll down this page for
the complete illustrated tutorial on how to save your computer
from the dust.
Do I really need to remind readers that
you must disconnect the power lead before getting your hands
in the thing?!? Good, I didn't think so....
The dust worm in the tweezer
was the first time the author braved the guts of a laptop. This
older computer was more difficult to operate on but
at the time it was believed there was nothing to loose so why
not try. It worked! Over the years since then, many TCP puters
have been saved by this important little scrap of information.