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I think my motherboard just died, so i am going to try running it outside the case. I removed it, and took the power supply out. Turned it over, and noticed some dust in there. Blew on it and it revealed a massive dust bunny, covering the top of one of the heatsinks, a capacitor and one of the inductor coils.

I cant open the psu, because it still has warrenty on it, and im not poking anything through the vent, since its still charged in there eek.gif.

Is it safe to run the psu like this, or will it short across the dust and start one massive fire?
     
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post #2 of 21
Buy a can of compressed air and try to blow it out. You can also try breaking it down with Q-tips to make it easier to blow out.
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post #3 of 21
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Will electrical contact cleaner work? I ive got some of that.

Actually silly idea, it will make the dust conductive.
     
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post #4 of 21
Well that cleans off grease and oils. It has a cleaning agent. You can try but I am not sure if that is appropriate. I would just get a regular can of compressed air.
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I'll try the hoover first.
     
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post #6 of 21
Good idea.
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post #7 of 21
using a vacuum will create static....poof there goes your chips!
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post #8 of 21
Well he should set it to blow not suck.
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post #9 of 21
Try the following:
Compressor (this works best, since it has the most pressure)
Canned Air (Good to have a few cans around, since I'm pretty sure if your cleaning your PSU, you'll end up dusting everything)

Or YOUR MOUTH.
post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nvidia-Brownies;14246335 
Try the following:
Compressor (this works best, since it has the most pressure)
Canned Air (Good to have a few cans around, since I'm pretty sure if your cleaning your PSU, you'll end up dusting everything)

Or YOUR MOUTH.

Yeah give the PSU a blow job... However that being said if dust was conductive then some of the rigs i have cleaned in the past would have been toast biggrin.gif
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