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post #11 of 48
Yeah. Don't let dust get in - maybe pull the BIOS backup battery to avoid draining it - you'll likely have to reset settings anyway when you pull it back out of storage so may as well save yourself the hassle.

Try not to let house pets or vermin get near the equipment either.

I can anecdotally tell you that I left an XFX PSU basically unused for the better part of several months, just sitting in my bedroom. Busted it back out to get my Core i5 system running, and all it needed was a good blast with my compressed air duster and then I fired it up like it'd never been shut down at all. tongue.gif
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post #12 of 48
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
I also recommend taking the motherboard's battery out to avoid the risk of corrosion (that is, if this is still a risk with batteries).

Other than that, it's harmless since it will be off and unplugged.
Hmm, worth the precaution.

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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post
I am willing to bet that if you just left it and came back to it after a year it would just work as normal.


That's kinda what I was thinking cause my dad has some old 386 machines that still work to this day.

Okay, kinda reassuring then.
post #13 of 48
ive left computers in places they should not have been uncovered and components floating around in bundles of electronics and have had very little failures when I need a spare part etc

but they were pcs that i never planned on doing nothing with again and just decided on a rainy day to put some old stuff together and walllaaaa
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Going to the desert?
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post #15 of 48
I wouldn't even do anything special for just one year of absence... Unplugged would seem sufficient for me. No battery removal or even covering it up seems necessary, unless you live in a particularly dust prone environment...

Anything above that, I would just sell the rig before I go. Coming back to it after 2 years might seem like time travel... Only, the bad kind where you realize that your once BA computer doesn't cut the mustard anymore... Oh wait... You only need six weeks for that to happen...
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post #16 of 48
Yeah put the PC where nobody can go near it just to be on the safe side. maybe cover it up with a dust sheet whilst laying down. But i can't see you having issues after a year of not using it anyway.
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post #17 of 48
There is that. Unless there's a specific need for this particular equipment it might be better to have the cash in hand than the hardware.
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post #18 of 48
I'd throw a dust cover on it just because, but I've started up systems that I'd left in a damp basement uncovered for a couple years or in non-climate-controlled storage that ran fine even though the case and the plates on the pci and isa cards had rust on them (not that I recommend that).

Between college and the army, I've left things for months to a year at a time in normal circumstances with no ill effect.

Unplugged, no battery, dust cover - and pack it away someplace it won't get bumped around - with a little padding if you're putting it in a closet or something so it doesn't get beat up by people rummaging around for stuff. It is much more likely to get damaged by a person than from disuse. For some reason once a PC is off for a while, people (parents and significant others especially) seem to forget that it can't be kicked around.
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post #19 of 48
I left my old Pentium 4 machine sitting without any precautions for a good 8 months.

Yesterday I started it up again to set it up as a webserver with no issues. Inside there wasn't much dust either.
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We had a Pentium 3 Dell PC in our garage for 3 years!! We took no precautions in storing it and I booted it up the other day to salvage some pictures. It worked flawlessly. Slow but it worked like normal.
    
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