So I cleaned my computer today, for at least
time in 2 years.
I know my room is always collecting an unreasonable amount of dust, you literally can spend 2.5 hours cleaning everything and have it all be dusty again two days later.
So this picture wasn't
Nah, I got that easily cleaned out with two fresh cans of pressurized air.
What DID surprise me though was this.WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT, hold the presses. My computer... HAS A FOURTH FAN!?!!! I never noticed this fan before!
explains why cleaning the computer never fixed the problem. Because I didn't clean the fan I actually would have NEEDED to clean to fix it.
Now I feel really stupid for assuming the three fans I could see from the outside were the only ones the computer had, and for never turning the PC upside down.
...What? It's what I actually had to do in order to clean it, I couldn't have reached it overwise. Had to be careful that the PC didn't fall over, since it wasn't meant to be turned upside-down. See this little dust-devil in the upper right corner there? (This was after quite some cleaning, mind you.)
Since I never cleaned this part of the computer, it's been growing for three years. It didn't even come out with pressurized air, nor with cotton sticks.
Only once a paint-brush, tweezers, and some VERY tentative application of a vaccuum cleaner (while holding down the fan to prevent it from spinning, thus inducing electricity and damaging it) got involved, did it FINALLY yield, and it only took over AN HOUR to get it out. THIS CAME OUT OF MY GRAPHICS CARD COOLING FAN:
...And guess what? That fixed it!
The graphics card now runs smooth at 45 - 50°C instead of 88°C, and the computer is quieter than even the birds outside!
(I have, at all times, ~2500 tabs open in Firefox, mind you.)
All in all, an exciting ~6+ hour long adventure, with a great pay-off.
And who knows? Maybe, just maybe
, after 2 years of not being able to, I might get to play PC-games again? . . .
Well, okay, let's not get too
confident just yet.