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    I clean mine about twice a year. I took it down off the shelf a couple of days ago because it was running very sluggish. When I turned it around to the side I couldn't see the vent holes were totally clogged with fabric lint and dust, I'm surprised it didn't catch on fire...and they have been known to! I know someone that had a house fire because of it. I took the side cover off and took it out to the shop and blew the inside out with the compressor. It was loaded with dust and lint. The fans were hardly turning. If your computer is in the same room with your fabric you need to clean it more often. We don't realize how much fabric lint there is.

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    Thanks

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    Great advice Marsye!

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    yes, very good idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    I clean mine about twice a year. I took it down off the shelf a couple of days ago because it was running very sluggish. When I turned it around to the side I couldn't see the vent holes were totally clogged with fabric lint and dust, I'm surprised it didn't catch on fire...and they have been known to! I know someone that had a house fire because of it. I took the side cover off and took it out to the shop and blew the inside out with the compressor. It was loaded with dust and lint. The fans were hardly turning. If your computer is in the same room with your fabric you need to clean it more often. We don't realize how much fabric lint there is.

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    also make sure your hard drive can get plenty of air in the vents, and clean them off regularly

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    clean your computer lots of good tips here

    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/setu...ncomputer.aspx

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    another link about cleaning your computer

    http://www.helpwithpcs.com/maintenan...g-keyboard.htm

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    good info!

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    This is how I like to clean my computer.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz3Bj5rqFDY

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter1
    This is how I like to clean my computer.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz3Bj5rqFDY
    :lol: :lol: He cleans my monitor too....that pug really gets around! :thumbup:

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    Every time I think of this I think of the time I was cleaning out a computer for a friend that is an earth science teacher in middle school. As I was cleaning she was explaining that all of the dust I was getting out was about 80% dead skin cells from people. I almost had to run for the bathroom. How Gross!!!!!!!!!!

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    Thanks. I just looked at the back of the CPU - the gunk was thick enough for me to get the vacuum cleaner out right away and vacuum!

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    I'm looking at mine now. It needs a good cleaning too. Thanks for the tip.

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    Good advice!!! I usually break them before they get dirty. lol

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    Thanks for the reminder Marsye.

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    Yikes......shut mine down and checked it out. There weren't dust bunnies in there. There were full grown rabbits. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: It's much happier now. Thanks.

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    I clean my home pc fairly often. Not a laptop. It gets disgusting. And, I always bump my head on the underside of my desk. :0D

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    Thank you for letting us know this. I clean my sewing machines a lot but forgot about this baby. I looked in the side and see little fuzz bunnies so tomorrow I open the side and clean it out. And I bought a disc cleaner to clean the disc players on it. Again, way to go Marsye

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    Good advice! My fridge stopped running a few weeks back, and I was thinking Iwould have to buy a new one...it was just clogged with pet hair....ick! Cleaned it, and it works great.

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    I discovered this when my computer kept shutting off. I thought it was dying of old age. Then I actually looked in it and - Wow!!! Was totally full of dust and dog hair! Works fine ever since!
    :) :)

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    I JUST told DH last night that my computer was running too much -- I could hear the fan. He took off the side panel and I was shocked!!!! We're taking it to the repairman on Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I JUST told DH last night that my computer was running too much -- I could hear the fan. He took off the side panel and I was shocked!!!! We're taking it to the repairman on Monday.
    Just blow it out! :thumbup:

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    Thanks for that bit of advise. Now I'm going to clean mine.
    Its not by the sewing room but I get a wheat field or 2 in my house so I'm sure the dirt is just as bad. :shock:

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    Instead of blowing it out you might want to try using the vaccuum cleaner. Sometimes blowing it out puts the dust deeper into the computer or sewing machine.

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    Thanks for the reminder I will do it today. Dog and Cat hair!!

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