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04-07-2007, 06:49 PM
Hey guys I occasionally open up my case and blow out all the fans and keep the dust out of the system. I run Adaware, Disk cleanup, virus scan, and Defrag occasionally. Is there any other maintenance I should be doing to my pc?

Also I have MCE 2005 and all the recorded movies and tv shows on my pc, the Defrag won't touch them it doesn't move them or what ever. Is there a way around that or a better option or anything?

What about these registry cleaners. Are they really a necessity or something thats worth spending money on? If so which one do ya'll recommend?


04-07-2007, 09:23 PM
If your partition is NTFS, then defragging is a waste of time.

To check a system I perform the following:

1) Clean the system with a computer vacuum. I first use the suck function to remove as much dust as possible. Then I use the blow function to force out any harder to remove dust cattle. Be careful not to touch anything green (Motherboard, RAM, add in cards) with the vacuum. Pay special attention to the intake and output vents in the case, they are easily clogged with dust. Make sure the computer is off and you are grounded when performing any of these activities.

2) Check to make sure ALL ribbon cables are properly seated.

3) Make sure all fans are spinning, CPU cooling fans, case fans, video card fans, etc.

4) For a Temp/TIF folder cleaner and registry tool I use CCLEANER. (http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/)

5) Then I run MBM (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=311) to test the system temps and fan speeds.

6) Next I check for obvious Spyware with Hijackthis (http://www.subratam.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=41) You have to know how to use this program or you can wreck your system

7) Next I run the Secunia Software Inspector (http://secunia.com/software_inspector/) and update any out of date software.

Paul Komski
04-08-2007, 04:54 AM
Is there any other maintenance I should be doing to my pc? It's not maintenance as such but do backup important data as part of any routine.

04-08-2007, 01:10 PM
Paul, that was an excellent point. Data backups are critical to a happy life. There are only two kinds of computer users:

This that have experienced hard disk failure.
Those that are going to experience hard disk failure.

04-08-2007, 01:22 PM
In front of the intake fan on my computers I place a piece of AC (air conditioner) filter to catch dust before it gets inside.

This type of AC filter can be purchased very inexpensively from most home stores. It's the stuff that's slightly spongy and will fit a full size window AC unit. It is easily cut with a scissors and can be washed and reused, or simply replaced.

I've noticed in the years I have used the filters that the inside dust has been cut down considerably...