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Alright guys, I have a question for you clean freaks.

What is a SAFE way to clean a motherboard? Not just canned air, that won't do it. I need to get 6 years worth of grime off this sucker before I put it up for sale. It still functions like brand new, but I'm not going to sell it with how it looks now (nothing wrong, just dirty).

So what can I do? I've heard of people actually washing their motherboards. Any truth to this? What will I need? I need to make sure its fully functioning again after the wash.
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Follow this guy film_go.pngYouTube- ud 9 wash
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Follow this guy YouTube- ud 9 wash
Does that SERIOUSLY work? How safe is it?
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I don't think I would do it but apparently it did film_go.pngYouTube- ud9 boot after wash.AVI
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MAKE SURE the CMOS battery has been removed before doing this!!!!! VERY IMPORTANT!!
Remove all perifs, CPU, RAM, and CMOS battery. You can also wash the CPU, cards, and memory, just do them separately.

Spray the board down good with Mean Green on both sides, making sure everything gets coated good

Let it sit for a few minutes, then turn the hot water on it to rinse it off.

If you see spots that are still stained, wash it again and scrub it with a toothbrush if you need to.

To dry it:
Let it drip dry for about 30 minutes. Then you need to take your air compressor and blow out every crevise of the board. This includes under all the chips, under and inside all slots. These include CPU socket, PCI, memory, AGP, BIOS ROM, northbridge, southbridge, VRM(s), FET's, caps, and anything that could hold water under it.

Final drying phase: (VERY IMPORTANT)
I've fired up boards I washed only 5 hours after washing, and not had any issues with them. I definitely don't recommend doing it that soon!! Place the board in front of a fan. I always put it by a furnace heat register. In the summer, I place it in front of a box fan. Let it slow dry overnight just to be sure.
too scared to actually try it
Edited by obsidian86 - 7/31/10 at 1:58am
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I need a safer way then, lol. I do need to get it clean, but I'm kinda of not really wanting to risk putting it in the sink unless its a guarantee it'll still work. I'm relying on my board selling.
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Is it worth cleaning a 6 yr old mobo? How much much are you expecting for it? By the time you've bought some detergent and run a bowl of water you'll be making a loss! LOL
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If you take the cmos battery out and discharge your mobo it will work. I done it on many of systems.
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Is it worth cleaning a 6 yr old mobo? How much much are you expecting for it? By the time you've bought some detergent and run a bowl of water you'll be making a loss! LOL
You do realize WHAT this board is right? Seriously, if you have nothing constructive to say, go away.

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If you take the cmos battery out and discharge your mobo it will work. I done it on many of systems.
How do you "discharge" the motherboard? I understand removing the CMOS, but what else is there to do?
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
How do you "discharge" the motherboard? I understand removing the CMOS, but what else is there to do?
Well, capacitors hold charge. Have you never unplugged your PC and quickly pressed the power button? It lights up for half a second then turns off.

It's why they say you should never unplug a PSU and open it up to work on straight away.
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