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Hey, new subforum. How lucky. Tuesday night, my desktop computer started acting up on me... the monitors suddenly went dead and nothing would respond, despite the computer's power light remaining on. Restarting the computer allowed it to work briefly, but it would constantly 'die' on me: monitors go dead, nothing responding, power light remains on. I let the computer stay off overnight, and in the morning the computer was able to stay on long enough to get a successful virus and spyware scan done with no hitches. Still, the computer spontaneously 'died' later in the day.
I figured that since I hadn't cleaned the case for a while I should probably do so: I used a hand vac and a Swiffer duster to try and clean the fans, and it worked for a while on Wednesday and today, until a couple hours ago. Spontaneously, monitors go off, nothing responding, power light still on. Somehow, I think I need to do a REAL good job of cleaning, and that's where you guys come in.
Obviously, I've got some way of getting access to the internet, but this laptop is a Mac, and the programs I need to use to do work are PC programs, so if my PC isn't reliable then I'm in a bit of a pinch. I don't feel comfortable doing a Boot Camp thing on the MacBook, yeah? So, tell me what kinds of tools I'll want to purchase tomorrow to make sure my PC can be back up and running reliably over the weekend. I've been careful to not build up static with the Swiffer duster, but tell me if that's a bad idea and if I should get cloths of some sort. I've also heard of use of compressed air to aid in cleaning - I know there's quite a bit of packed in dust in the fans that compressed air may allow me to dislodge, but I also want to make sure I don't harm my computer components.
Hopefully, doing a thorough cleaning will do the trick. The components are running up against 2 1/2 years old now, so they are probably getting a bit rusty. Hopefully, I haven't damaged my video card beyond reliability with my lack of maintenance. The power supply is almost 5 years old and not powerful enough to run newer technology, so I'll have to hope I can get my computer back up to shape. I'm planning on upgrading my machine in spring, but until then, I'll have to make do with what I currently have. Thanks for reading, but if not...
tl;dr: My computer needs serious cleaning. I need to use it this weekend. Tell me what to buy tomorrow so I can do both.