Fluff inside = instability

The complaint was that the computer kept switching off randomnly. It also was producing artefacts and weird stuff on the screen.
Opening up the box showed the reason. Overheating due to clogged up CPU and power supply cooling system.

PC with fluff and dust inside
Clogged up PC

Cleaning regularly the cooling components of a computer is extremely important in order to maintain reliability and performance.
It is also very important to maintain the work environment as free as possible from dust and fluff, sometimes a real challenge.
Some desks designed to hide the computer in a closed off cavity are just a very bad idea! Looks neat, but the poor machine needs fresh air to breath! And a way to vent off the hot air. And those closed off cavities are nearly impossible to keep clean.
Note that it is practically impossible to completely ward off the dust and fluff, pet hair, from getting inside the computer. The fans are supposed to suck air in, and the static electricity inside also compounds the problem. However some careful placement choices can make a tremendous difference.

PC Cleaned Inside
Clean PC

A computer placed off the floor (preferably on the desk) will be less prone to sucking in all the particles floating around on a carpet and under the desk.  Periodically cleaning the inside of the machine will require compressed air, brushes and patience. This applies to laptops and all-in-one PCs as well.
Benefits will be stability and reliability, as well as a quieter and cooler system.

How to prolong the life of your Computer?

Computer Maintenance & Support Service are the leading service providers of computer repairs. We have experienced computer technicians who are ready to handle any type of work. We are offering Computer, laptop & PC repairs, data recovery, IT & technical support, Virus removal & Computer support services to clients in & around Narre Warren.

CMSS Tips for Computer Users:

1) Regular Maintenance

  • You have to clean the windows registry regularly
  • Cleaning the temporary files, downloads, history and cookies
  • You have to run the virus and antivirus scans regularly
  • Clearing Recycle Bin

2) Installing Updates

Keep your computer up to date by updating the utility software, operating system and antivirus software regularly. It helps in improving your computer speed.

3) Defragment Hard Drive 

Defragment the hard drive regularly to optimise data access and disk utilisation.

4) Physical Cleaning – Heat and Dust

  • Keep your computer out of hot spots and direct sun, and instead in a well – ventilated area.
  • Dust can clog up your fan and accumulates on circuits inside, which in turn can overheat your system leading to various malfunctions.
  • Prepare a schedule for cleaning your computer regularly.

CMSS Tips for Macbook Users:

  • Clean off your Hard Drive
  • Make sure you have sufficient free disk space (exhausting your disk space will significantly slow down your system), Clean out unnecessary files and/or upgrade to a larger disk.
  • Stop applications from automatically launching upon login –> Clean out Startup items (go to System Preferences to reconfigure your settings)
  • Clean out “Other” System Preferences that you do not use or need
  • Upgrade your MAC’s RAM
  • Check your Apple Activity Monitor to find info on CPU usage, virtual memory usage and RAM requirements.
  • Use “Fan Control” to keep your Mac Running cool, thereby maximizing its performance.
  • Manage and evaluate your Widgets properly – disable the ones you do not need to enhance your computing efficiency.

Make use of these tips to prolong the life of your computer. Fix any computer repairs & services, by calling CMSS today!

Home users often comment..

All this computer stuff is way over my head. I just want to be able to turn it on, read my email and print out some recipes, or my payment records. How on earth do they expect me to make sense of all these things?

Things keep popping up asking me if I want to install this, update that, restart the computer… How am I supposed to know whether this is required or not? Why do I have to restart the computer anyway? And these updates, is it just another way to get more money out of me? I don’t want to keep paying for things I might not need anyway.

And with all these bad things you hear about, you see on TV about being careful, do not open emails if you don’t know who sent it. Don’t install things nilly willy cause a lot of these are just tricks to con you and invade you and steal your stuff. Except for some photos and my music, I don’t really have anything to get stolen. Should I worry about it? How would your everyday Joe make sense of all these?

I’m not stupid but all these computer speak, why don’t they just call things like everybody does, speak English. You see all these words, and it just doesn’t make sense.

The printer the other day, went to print and something popped up about a paper jam, it’s a brand new pack of paper, and the computer repair.

Does this mean it’s cactus already and I need to buy another one? I don’t do that much printing anyway and the day I want to use it this comes up!
I just don’t have the time to learn all these things, can they just make simple for us non techies?

Stress at Work – How to Reduce?

There are so many factors that can raise tension and create stress at work even when one has been lucky enough to secure the ideal job!
Some people say: ‘I just enjoy so much what I’m doing, it doesn’t feel like work.’
Others dread just turning up at the same work. An experience that can be comparable to real sickness!
The reality is we are social animals, and work is one major means for contributing to society.
Work should also be contributing to our livelihood (our family needs, our personal needs, then society at large).
Not many of those people who feel ‘work is so much fun’ would gladly work for free when their essential needs (food, bills, healthcare, recognition, etc) had not been met.
Personal attitude
Regardless of which group we belong to, we all need to be mature enough to accept that what we are doing needs (in the vast majority of cases) to be done by somebody. So if we are the ones doing it, as the saying goes: ‘if it’s worth doing, do it at the best level you can’.
That just means putting value on what we’re doing, then giving it the best interest and attention we have. Human nature drives us to apply ourselves the best we can.
Someone once said: ‘even the staunchest pacifist will strive to do a better job whilst forced to work at a weapons production line’.
So once we’ve decided that we are going to work on that job, we need to start programming ourselves to accept it. As humans, we are born to learn. We can learn from somebody else. And we can also learn from ourselves and teach ourselves positive outlook and expectancy.
Being on the positive side will help us negate feeling like a defeated victim.
It’s not about being blindly positive. We need to take stock of our capabilities and limitations. Just about any limitation can be overcome through learning and positive expectation.
We are all different. So are our gifts. We all learn differently. The key here is that difference. That will help to accept ourselves (forget how the one next to us goes about things), our capabilities, and the way we learn and perform. Add some perseverance and positive outlook to that, and we sure will be able to soon feel comfortable doing that scary job.
So there is a lot we can do to help feeling us good about the job, no matter what it is. There is also a lot out of our control as well. Topics for future articles!

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