Iceland volcanic ash and my PC

Frans Ketelaars ketelaars at
Mon Apr 19 19:23:04 UTC 2010

On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:09:31 +0100, axel wrote:

> Greetings!
> I run a Dell Inspiron 1501 with Ubuntu 8.04. and I live in London where
> the air pollution is so bad you dont need to smoke to be a candidate for
> all kind of breathing problems.
> About a year ago I had a Dell Service Tech replace the Dell PC fans ,
> filters and a few other bits and pieces : due to the fact that the PC
> was crashing due to high Temperature. His recommendation was to blow
> high pressure purified air into fan intakes.
> Further reading on the subject , I found the opposite opinion :that was
> the last thing you should do, as it blows all the dust inwards...past
> the filters and into the system.
> i.e. in other words the remedy lies in using a vacuum cleaner and point
> it at the fan intakes.
> Now with all this ash coming my way...
> I would appreciate your thoughts on the subject, Cheers,
> Axel.

I would check Dell's user manual ( online or offline ) for your laptop 
model or contact their helpdesk or service department regarding cleaning 
dust from your laptop's cooling system.

I wouldn't mention 'volcanic ash' :)


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