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Cleaning some old hardware

Hey guys, in preparation for my upgrade to Alice, Project Alicization V2, I am in the process of cleaning parts. But I am unsure of how to go about cleaning the motherboard. 

 

This motherboard was previously owned by a smoker, and although I have removed most of the dust that was choking the board (which I have tested to the best of my ability, it appears to work) I however would like to finish cleaning the motherboard to get rid of any dust that remains.

 

How can I go about doing this without compressed or canned air? The nearest store that sells canned air is about five miles away from where I live, and I do not own a car or have a way to get there (Winter is coming, and my bike was stolen)

My procrastination is the bane of my existence.

I make games and stuff in my spare time.

 

 

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Even if you had compressed air cans, it wouldn't get rid the smell of smoke from the motherboard when it heats up.

 

You could dump a bunch of Isopropyl alcohol 99% on the motherboard and use a very, very soft toothbrush or something, to clean off the PCB though. Since that's not conductive. (Let it dry for a while after)

 

Or if you really just want to remove the dust... just use a toothbrush. (do not use in the contacts like the memory slots or PCI slots, etc... risk damaging those)

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Even if you had compressed air cans, it wouldn't get rid the smell of smoke from the motherboard when it heats up.

 

You could just dump a bunch of Isopropyl alcohol 99% on the motherboard and use a very, very soft toothbrush or something, to clean off the PCB though.

 

Or if you really just want to remove the dust... just a toothbrush. (do not use in the contacts like the memory slots or PCI slots, etc... risk damaging those)

Particularly the CPU socket...

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 (Winter is coming, and my bike was stolen)

All I could think about is this....

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smoker hardware worst hardware isopropyl alcohol and lot of time it's the only way I know 

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Particularly the CPU socket...

The cpu socket is spotless, actually. I'll probably use a cotton swab to clean it though if I really need to. (It's like the one clean component in the entire pc I pulled it out of, lol)

 

As for the cigarette smoke smell, i'm not worried, I live with a smoker anyway. I just need to put some filters on it so none of that stuff suffocates the rig's internal componants once it is built

My procrastination is the bane of my existence.

I make games and stuff in my spare time.

 

 

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