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How many of you do your own computer maintenance?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 24 track, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Lately I have had a rash of Imac computers come to me with Blown Graphics chips due to overheating and poor ventalation, there are a few steps I us to see if I can get the comp up and running that ultimately culminates to reballing of the graphics chips, but detail intensive. its a fairly easy repair, so this being my only day off this week I had a thought do some PM on my own computer to save me from having to dig in deeper . THIS IS WHAT I FOUND!

    P1011832.JPG P1011831.JPG P1011833.JPG P1011839.JPG P1011840.JPG P1011843.JPG

    I should have been charging the dust bunnies rent . Oh well 1.5 hrs later ( i stopped for breaky) , all the beasties have been removed and now my comp is running all components at an average 85 F much cooler than before.

    I was curious if you guys ( and ladies ) do your own repairs or do you actually pay people to this for you ?
     
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  2. BigDaddyLH

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    Are there tubes in there?

    Now this is more like it:

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  3. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's

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    ENIAC troubleshooting
    Substitute first preamp tube on left and work across
    Post results and we'll go from there
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    dust bunnies
    That reminds me. I'm overdue to vacuum out all three of my dust suckers.
    Hmm looks like its time to vacuum the cookies out of the keyboard as well.
     
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    I do easy stuff. I go to youtube and watch the process and if it's straight forward I (very carefully) do the repair. If I can't find a you tube or it requires a bunch of ohmy, volty stuff...I'm out.

    I did disassemble my Toshiba laptop pretty completely to repair a design problem with the hinge screws breaking off or striping the screw receiving posts causing the lid and screen to flop around and barely open or close. It was an awesome feeling when it booted up just fine the first time after the repair.

    I tend to err on the side of caution. I've made expensive mistakes and I hate it.

    Your knowledge of all things electronic, musical, engineering etc are beyond my scope and it always puts a smile on my face to see all the things you excel at!
     
  5. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

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    Retired computer systems engineer...turned DIY in retirement.
     
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  6. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    thank you , If it aint fun it aint worth doin'
     
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  7. kelnet

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    I wipe the dust off my monitor.
     
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  8. trev333

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    Yeah, dust is a problem here , too... I regularly vacuum my tower out and clean the cooling fins on cards and chips...

    I've build all my own PC towers from the start really.... never paid anyone to work on my stuff...

    in fact, I fix other peoples PC's at times.....
     
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    I do the same
    that is what got me thinking about mine was the influx of 27 and 21" Imacs i had worked on in the past month, Pcs are designed for 3 party support but macs are a beautiful design and purely propriatory and much difficult to mod in any way, I had a kernal crash after I fired up the first time but now all is stable and the temp is still upper 80 F
    I do have a 100% success with reballing the graphics chips how ever I have one that goes screen wonky so I think its a bad cap in the powersupply or the mother board, HMMM
     
  10. trev333

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    I've never touched a mac .. literally never touched one....

    can't even think of anyone I know who has one.... apart from iphones...

    I'd never have a PC I couldn't update, change hardware around, add cards, etc....
     
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  11. xafinity

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    After several years of babysitting a windoze network along side a Mac network I swore Id never look at another persons computer. Especially a windoid.
    Well after seeing several friends and relatives get burned going for "professional" help so I jumped in. Inevitably, no sooner than I returned their PC in pristine, fully optimized condition, they would immediately start downloading every 'click here', 'free speed demon tuneup' and pornsite malware they could find.. Did I mention fiddling internet settings everytime the Comcast cable feed was down for 10 minutes?
    NO MAS
     
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  12. SolidSteak

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    I should probably open up all my Dell boxes and blow em out... I've never really done anything besides add RAM, add NICs, and get some of the dust while I'm in there.

    I have one running Debian that the fan just ramps up like it's gonna take off every time there's video... which is weird, because when I had Mint installed on it prior it never did that. The things like 10 years old now though so maybe I'll just let it melt. :D
     
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    hahaha

    Yeah, laptops are little vacuum cleaners, I bet 99% never get opened in their life time.

    I build my own workstations and do all the maintenance on those and the laptops. Portables are getting more difficult as I think everyone in moving towards the all-in-one chassis with the monitor module housing everything except the keyboard, I pretty much refuse to buy a surface for this reason. Its a little like my phone, I'll continue using my galaxy S5 active as long as possible just because I can actually swap batteries in it.
     
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  14. trev333

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    I'm not much good at the programing side of computers... command prompt kinda stuff... I never learned DOS ...

    mainly the mechanical side... troubleshooting, cleaning unwanted programs, replacing old/busted hardware and overclocking adjustments under the hood, etc...

    a bit like working on cars....;)
     
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  15. Alamo

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    Dust is the main enemy.
    I've done a lot of maintenance on clients pc's. not anymore though.
    guess I'm getting a little lazy, I should open my case pretty soon.

    a quick poll: (what do you prefer)

    • (A) dust bunnies ?
    • (B) playboy bunnies?
     
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    I do a little online gaming and have been building all of my own computers, like my guitars, they are hot rods and hot rods need maintenance!
     
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    This post jogged my memory. Back in the late 70's into the early 80's I worked for IBM as a Customer Service Engineer. I worked on Large Mainframe Systems. We worked every Sunday either taking calls, or doing preventative maintenance (PM) at our assigned accounts. I was doing some work that required me to shut down the customers mainframe. When I completed my task, I went to power up, and the sucker would not power up. Seemed to be a problem with a power supply or relays. So I start troubleshooting, after two hours I figure I'm in trouble, need some help. I call dispatch and ask for assistance. About 20 minutes later this Engineer with a lot more time on the job shows up, puts his tool bag down. He's standing next to the mainframe, and asks me what's up. I tell him the problem, and begin to show him the Logic diagrams where I think the problem lies. He stops me and says OK, you can't power up, and with that turns and faces the mainframe, and begins kicking the crap out of the side. My eyes are wide open, my jaw drops, and after 10 swift kicks, he looks at me and says, go ahead give it a try. Damn it, the box powers up. He says to me, classic bug.... dust in the relays and filters. So that young IBM Engineer learned something that day.
     
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  18. william tele

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    Since typing my last reply here I've had to shut down and use my Dyson V6 to remove a blockage under the "J" key on my laptop. I forgot there was a loose rubber activation pad under the down arrow key and sucked it into the vac. Dug it out, replaced it and here I am...

    So....yaa...I guess I DO do my own maintenance...:D
     
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    Been messing with hardware and software since TRS-80's.
     
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    Spent the last week going over old hard drives. Backing them up, in duplicate. Would like to back them up in triplicate.

    Would love a NAS system. Can't afford it right now.

    Maintaining computers is easy. Operating Systems come and go, but DATA is for ever.

    If you don't got it backed up in triplicate, you don't got it backed up.

    I got some Amazon Cloud storage as well for some extra redundancy.

    Really, who cares about computers? DATA is king!

    We build computers, we overclock them, we set up their OS, we set up their back up plan.

    Back up your system with an image on a separate hard drive. Back up your DATA on a separate hard drive. Then back it up again on another separate hard drive. Then back it up again, to a cloud storage service (Amazon is good). That's quadruple redundancy. It's what they used to go to the Moon!

    This is what 'computer maintenance' means to me.
     
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