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General computer talk/advice

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware' started by BlueScreen, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. Eastham

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    Blast from the past for me, found my old Pentium 3 Packard Bell, 5 or 6 years ago this was a smokers computer I was given that I threw in my shower and blasted it out with hot water and disinfectant, worked and smelled great, all these years later and no signs of corrosion on any of the boards but sadly it's dead, seems to be the motherboard, probably something to do with the fact I found the slot 1 P3 rattling around freely in the case... Probably going to be gutting it for parts and sending the rest to the dump.

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    Also, that Quantum Fireball tho.. Love the sound of screaming disk drive bearings!
     
  2. Ulrichou86

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    ... Wait what? sorry?
     
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  3. Eastham

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    I removed the CMOS battery threw it in my shower and gave it a bath, being a smokers PC compressed air wasn't enough, it was disgusting. Gave it a few days to dry out, popped a new CMOS battery in it and it worked fine for years after until I put it away in storage, where it got knocked around quite a bit. Getting electronics wet is fine so long as there's no power and you give them adequate time to dry out.
     
  4. BombBoy4

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    I kinda want to take a shower with my computer now, but people might think I'm weird..
     
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  5. Eastham

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    I mean getting in with the computer would be kinda weird...
     
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  6. Ulrichou86

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    Gonna take a bath soon. You know what I'll be bringing with me.
    No more seriously, that's really interesting. That mean pc parts are a lot more resilient to water than what most people thought.
     
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  7. Eastham

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    Splashy time with the 'puter! Did you know that they use water to clean solder flux off boards during manufacturing. It's not the water that causes damage, it's the conductive minerals in it, causes the components to short if they're powered on.
     
  8. Godzilla!

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    I think the 'virus' I got is the "searchinterneat-a akamaihd net" browser hijacker, from what I heard the anti-viruses I've been using doesn't remove it entirely and it can recover from them.

    Once I return from my vacation, I'ma check if this is what I got and look at procedures to remove it.
     
  9. KJP12

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    Try system restore after backing up your docs & data.
     
  10. Godzilla!

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    don't have a restore point.



    I was told to use my scanners again and then run HitmanPro and reset the browsers.
     
  11. KJP12

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    Not even from updates or 'Show more restore points'? Well... I guess you have to get lucky with antiviruses...
     
  12. Eastham

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    It will be installed somewhere on your C: drive. Search around your browser files and program files for it and delete it manually, make sure what ever it is, that it hasnt installed an extension on your browser.
     
  13. BombBoy4

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    So does that mean distilled water would work better than purified?
     
  14. aljowen

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    PSA: Don't put your computers in water.

    Sure, providing they are turned off and all the capacitors are discharged it should be fine, but it will accelerate the degradation of the components. Equally if you turn it back on and there is still even the slightest bit of water left in (for example in the PSU) then you are in for a whole world of problems.

    And yes, distilled water would be better.
     
  15. skodakenner

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    im actually thinking of getting myself a 2 in 1 pc that thing what can be a tablet and laptop together wich would then be a replacement for my tablet wich i could play games i think a 940mx should be enough for low settings at beam i think
     
  16. Eastham

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    Not entirely, all components mounted with the exception of transformers are sealed; capacitors, transistors, resistors, diodes, etc and tin leads/ solder aren't exactly going to oxidize in a short period being exposed to water. But I do agree with emphasizing that very component must be 100% dry. And I probably should have mentioned this but I also agree with not getting the power supply wet, as well as the optical drives and disk drives. I should also mention that I didn't throw the computer in whole, all where washed individually, didn't wash the power supply because it was dead and needed to be replaced anyway, nor did I wash the disk drive and CD drive.
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    Hooking up that Quantum Fireball to my Pentium 3 rig to see what's on it, I decided to add a CD drive. Having to set the drive to slave gave me such a nostalgia trip.

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    Sexy beige goodness.

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  17. SixSixSevenSeven

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    Regular hear of people struggling to clean keyboards they got coffee on or whatever.

    Simple solution. Water.

    My AT102W and my quickfire TK have both been soaked. However they were disassembled and allowed to fully dry before reassembly.
     
  18. Racermon

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    Or another solution: Don't drink coffee :D
    I contemplate soaking technology
     
  19. Eastham

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    I've considered that with my Model M but I'd hate to wait ages for the water to completely dry out of the key switches. Done it with rubber dome keyboards though, very effective if you come across a particularly nasty keyboard.
     
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  20. Michaelflat

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    Medium settings, 1600x900 windowed on 1080p panel runs 60fps on gridmap nicely, i havent tested other maps however