[rescue] Cleaning dirty systems?
idylukewild at yahoo.com
Mon May 21 15:31:31 CDT 2007
--- Charles Shannon Hendrix <shannon at widomaker.com>
> I took q-tips and camel-hair brushes soaked in
> isopropyl alcohol, and just
> started coating the board and chips, and then rinsed
> the stuff off in a small
> tub of alcohol.
I would add - try for the sort of isopropyl
they sell at electronics shops - 99%. The
less water the better. It dries faster, and
the 99% alcohol won't allow parts to rust.
Sometimes you can even find 90 - 99%
isopropyl on the shelves as an antiseptic
(look in a drug store) for much cheaper
than at electronics shops.
Keep in mind that although they look
water tight, DIP package IC and other parts
are often not water tight. Liquids can follow
the leads up into the plastic package. There are
lots of places where water can seep and stay
around a long time in computers. I stick to
99% isopropyl when I clean my old boards,
fans, connectors, etc. Dishwashing soap is fine
for the outsides and obviously solid plastic parts.
Another hint: for old stickers on cases
(such as property tags) I find mineral
spirits works best.
Have fun cleaning! I'm always amazed at
how much better an old computer looks
after it is thoroughly cleaned!
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