Bryce Whitty, an Australian computer technician and founder of Technibble.com has come across a few bad cases of hardware problems caused by cigarette smoke, dust, and pet hair. These elements eventually find their way into the computers’ fans or heat sinks causing the computer to overheat and die. The photo above shows one such computer that had an untimely death due to these factors.
A computer repair specialist “Ow3n” from Rogersville, Tennessee repaired a three-year old Dell computer brought in for repair. The owner smoked two packs of cigarettes every day. He had to blow out the case and clean it with alcohol wipes. He said tobacco smoke leaves a very sticky yellowish residue to which all dust sticks.
Ow3n said “in ideal circumstances, the plastic fan shroud helps cool the processor more efficiently. In a heavy smoker’s home, the shroud funnels incoming smoke to the fans and heat sinks, where it’s tar and nicotine accumulates. Dust is sucked into it and sticks to the tar sticky fan and heat sink and accumulates. At a certain point the fan shroud which was helping to cool the machine actually makes it run much hotter because of the concentrated gunk.”
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