I have blown dust and crap out of comptuers with air compressors before, but are there any risks to blowing your pc out with an air compressor? I read somewhere that it has to be an "oil-less" air compressor.
Just be sure to hold the fans still when you blow the air on them. Also dont hold the nosle too close, to be sure you dont blow lose a diod.
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It turns out the air compressor I have been using for years is NOT oil-less. I guess I shouldn't use it in the future because some oil and/or water may come out with the air and cause damage. Luckily, I have another air compressor in the garage that is an electric air compressor. It doesnt push near as much air pressure but it should be safer because it is oil-less.
I think you might get water from condensation with any kind of a compressor. I use a vacumm cleaner that can be reversed to blow out mine. Then I have it set to suck and use a nozzle with a straw taped to the end to get stuff out of the fins on the heat sinks for the chip and CPU. I also stick the straw in my ROMS to suck out any dust accumulated in there. I wish I could take it out back and hit it with hose. Now the keyboard is another story. I do take that apart and wash it in the sink. I get lots of tobacco in there cause I roll my cigs over the keyboard a lot.
payton you can actually hose just about any component down, just make sure to dry as best as possible then let it air dry for a few hrs, not best recommendation but it works. Excluding HDs, Floppy disks you can wash them.
I use an air compressor to clean out our returning alpha servers from offsite. It spits out water but a few, tiny drops. The only concern I think is don't let it keep blowing on the fans with a high PSI setting....the high rate may wear down on the fan's ball-bearings. I haven't had a bad fan yet but the probability is there. Overall I like the air compressor...it does a good job of clearing out the dust bunnies and dead spiders.
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