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Worlds Dirtiest PC
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:30:35 pm »
Well, maybe not, but the worst I have ever seen! Recieved several more old PC's for retirement and was preparing them for waste when I cracked this guy open and saw this! I was not only shocked, but did not want to even move this box after seeing this. Obviously, maintenance was not a priority here! It was over an inch thick in some areas and the power supply was completely packed as well.

Hope you enjoy the pics and hopefully your machine is not as bad as this!

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 03:54:52 pm »
A colleague of mine found a dead rat in one once. PCs belonging to people who smoke are usually far worse too.

 I would be curious to see how a rat got inside a PC, aren't they rather big?
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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 03:57:46 pm »
When I worked at a small computer store we had a guy who bred ferrets bring his computers in for work. You want to talk about smell......

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 04:48:03 pm »
I've seen worse.

Also, not so much computers, but the two worst environments some of the electronic equipment that i have serviced has lived in are fast food restaurants and public swimming pools.

In fast food a lot of the stuff is in and around the kitchen. The grease and fat tends to make it's way inside and helps glue any dust together.

In a swimming pool environment, the corrosive chlorine vapors first destroy switches and pots then pcbs, within months sometimes.
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 05:00:25 pm »
A colleague of mine found a dead rat in one once. PCs belonging to people who smoke are usually far worse too.

 I would be curious to see how a rat got inside a PC, aren't they rather big?

 Only after they grow up.  ;)
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2014, 05:07:41 pm »
Well, maybe not, but the worst I have ever seen! Recieved several more old PC's for retirement ...

When was that? 10 or 20 years ago? That thing still has an ISA bus. That's not just old, that's ancient :-D

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2014, 05:18:36 pm »
This is from theregister.co.uk :     Dirty, dirty PCs: The X-rated picture guide

  Horror beyond human imagination

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/13/ventblockers/

 

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2014, 05:28:35 pm »
My brother and I both got the same laptops at the same time for college. Mine still works completely and his died. As it turns out, the poor thing had both vents caked with dust; airflow was cut by at least 50-75%. It likely just overheated to death. I regularly blow my computer out.
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2014, 05:43:38 pm »
Not even close. I've seen pictures about a PC used in a sawmill. That one won.
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2014, 06:35:36 pm »
A colleague of mine found a dead rat in one once. PCs belonging to people who smoke are usually far worse too.

Are you sure it wasn't just a mouse?  badum-tish!   :phew:
 

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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2014, 08:27:42 pm »
A colleague of mine found a dead rat in one once. PCs belonging to people who smoke are usually far worse too.

Are you sure it wasn't just a mouse?  badum-tish!   :phew:
Saying mouse would have led to confusion of did he mean rodent or an actual mouse was shoved inside one.
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2014, 08:41:49 pm »
I once fixed a computer in a woman's house, and she was a double chain smoker. She had at least two going at any time. The walls were yellow brown with the smoke, and when I opened her computer I could not believe it was still working at all. It looked like it had been filled, not just some layers, totally filled with brown cotton candy.

When I got home, I left my clothes outside, went directly to the shower, and then went back and washed my clothes outside with the garden hose before I would bring them in the house. Yes, the smell was that strong.
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2014, 09:10:03 pm »
A colleague of mine found a dead rat in one once. PCs belonging to people who smoke are usually far worse too.

I worked as a clone PC tech back in the early 90's and found a dead mouse in a customer's PC.  We couldn't figure out how it got in there either.

You're right, smokers PC's are the worst.  Terrible smell.
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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2014, 11:04:30 pm »
PCs belonging to people who smoke are usually far worse too.

I agree on the smoker smell.  I hated working on those computers.  I am not a smoker myself.  You have to love the way the crap is the cig smoke binds all the dust together into a gooey mess.

I also did warranty desktop laser printer repair for Burger King and dot matrix printer repair for Rinker cement with my last job.  Laser printers full of grease and dot matrix printers full of cement dust.  I would be just itching for a shower after either place.

The dirtiest computer I ever working on came from a Dentist's office.  Go figure.
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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2014, 11:25:58 pm »
I once fixed a computer in a woman's house, and she was a double chain smoker. She had at least two going at any time. The walls were yellow brown with the smoke, and when I opened her computer I could not believe it was still working at all. It looked like it had been filled, not just some layers, totally filled with brown cotton candy.

When I got home, I left my clothes outside, went directly to the shower, and then went back and washed my clothes outside with the garden hose before I would bring them in the house. Yes, the smell was that strong.

lol  :-DD
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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2014, 12:59:56 am »
We pulled this PC from one of our customers a few years ago, it was sat in an inch of water.. still working! We put it out of it's misery.

 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2014, 05:03:23 am »
I once fixed a computer in a woman's house, and she was a double chain smoker. She had at least two going at any time. The walls were yellow brown with the smoke, and when I opened her computer I could not believe it was still working at all. It looked like it had been filled, not just some layers, totally filled with brown cotton candy.

When I got home, I left my clothes outside, went directly to the shower, and then went back and washed my clothes outside with the garden hose before I would bring them in the house. Yes, the smell was that strong.

I worked on a laptop like that at one employer, it was covered in a tan coating.  I used some IPA wipes to clean it up and my fingers got stained from the tobacco and I started to get a fairly strong nicotine buzz.
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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2014, 06:29:26 am »
We used to call Mac LC computers the air cleaners. They sucked up every bit of dust in the room! When you would open one up it would just look like somebody filled it with the contents of a full vacuum bag!
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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2014, 09:39:43 am »
Why don't the put dust filters on the fans in PCs?
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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2014, 10:32:51 am »
Why don't the put dust filters on the fans in PCs?

That's a very good question. I rarely see computers with dust filters. My PC has a filter on one of the inlet fans, but it only filters a small fraction of the dust.
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2014, 12:03:13 pm »
Why don't the put dust filters on the fans in PCs?
Doing this will lead to too many service calls: the filter will clog, no more air intake, overheating = computer will stop or even fail = warranty repair..
The solution: fanless computers.
A little OT : years ago I serviced a big audio power amplifier, that was overheating: the heatsink tunnel was closed by a wasp nest.
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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2014, 01:39:50 pm »
Why don't the put dust filters on the fans in PCs?
Doing this will lead to too many service calls: the filter will clog, no more air intake, overheating = computer will stop or even fail = warranty repair..
The solution: fanless computers.
A little OT : years ago I serviced a big audio power amplifier, that was overheating: the heatsink tunnel was closed by a wasp nest.
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yeah but they would be easy to clean, much easier than opening up the computer and spending ages with the air duster spraying away years of dust
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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2014, 01:42:48 pm »
That is why I have a air gun outside, to use to get the dust out quickly and without it being spread all over the office. Otherwise i use the cylinder vacuum and suck most of it away with the crevice tool.
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2014, 04:45:48 pm »
Why don't the put dust filters on the fans in PCs?
Doing this will lead to too many service calls: the filter will clog, no more air intake, overheating = computer will stop or even fail = warranty repair..
The solution: fanless computers.
A little OT : years ago I serviced a big audio power amplifier, that was overheating: the heatsink tunnel was closed by a wasp nest.
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Well there is liquid cooling. But that isnt a standard because it costs more.
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2014, 05:07:26 pm »
yeah but they would be easy to clean, much easier than opening up the computer and spending ages with the air duster spraying away years of dust
Yes, but the standard PC user does not know how to clean a filter.
He/she does not even know that there are fans there.
He/she will call the tech service and says: my computer failed, it's still in warranty, please come asap...
Talk to some tech support people: there are lots of lesson to be learnt.
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« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2014, 05:30:55 pm »
All computers should be like those cheap ass laptops. By the time the heatsinks clog up, the GPU and other BGA devices desolder themselves. Desoldering while use leads to poor contact. Warranty repair technicians only want to replace the whole motherboard which costs more than new machine. Who wants to clean some filters when you can just replace the machine? 

I know people repair those laptops by reflowing the BGAs, but that's not something certified repair technicians are prepared to do.
 

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« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2014, 07:16:41 pm »
yeah but they would be easy to clean, much easier than opening up the computer and spending ages with the air duster spraying away years of dust
Yes, but the standard PC user does not know how to clean a filter.
He/she does not even know that there are fans there.
He/she will call the tech service and says: my computer failed, it's still in warranty, please come asap...
Talk to some tech support people: there are lots of lesson to be learnt.

 There was a rather viral tech support story that floated on the web where a user called tech support to complain that their computer wouldn't do anything. Long story told short, turned out there was a complete building power failure still in progress. Hard to belive as most building/office pbx system need building power, but perhaps she was calling from her cell phone?
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2014, 07:17:28 pm »
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2014, 07:27:01 pm »
There was a rather viral tech support story that floated on the web where a user called tech support to complain that their computer wouldn't do anything. Long story told short, turned out there was a complete building power failure still in progress. Hard to belive as most building/office pbx system need building power, but perhaps she was calling from her cell phone?

Also reminds me of this:

(old one but just saw this first time few days ago)

 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2014, 08:07:20 pm »
Well, people letting their computers "rot" is one thing. But look what self-proclaimed "experts" can do:

http://www.dau-alarm.de/gallery.html

(Yes, it's a German site, but the images speak for themselves. Prozessoren = processors, mainboards = well, mainboards, Arbeitsspeicher = RAM, Laufwerke = drives,  Transport & Verpackung = shipping and packaging, Sonstiges = other)

Makes me giggle every time...

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Edit: These are images of what service people and businesses delaing with their customers have to put up with.
 

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« Reply #30 on: May 25, 2014, 12:16:54 am »
Well, people letting their computers "rot" is one thing. But look what self-proclaimed "experts" can do:

http://www.dau-alarm.de/gallery.html

(Yes, it's a German site, but the images speak for themselves. Prozessoren = processors, mainboards = well, mainboards, Arbeitsspeicher = RAM, Laufwerke = drives,  Transport & Verpackung = shipping and packaging, Sonstiges = other)

Makes me giggle every time...

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Edit: These are images of what service people and businesses delaing with their customers have to put up with.
Seems like they could save alot of money if they provided directions on how to ship stuff and reject it if it wasnt packed properly. Gotta hand it to the people that at least tried to provide some antistatic packing haha.
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2014, 12:35:05 am »
Seems like they could save alot of money if they provided directions on how to ship stuff and reject it if it wasnt packed properly. Gotta hand it to the people that at least tried to provide some antistatic packing haha.

Well, i think that anyone who needs directions to figure out that stuff should be sent back the way it was received shouldnt order "single"parts to begin with. And indeed, they rejected the stuff that wasn't properly packaged. It's in the comments of the images, which are only in German. Maybe Google-Translate can get the gist of it.

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #32 on: May 26, 2014, 04:31:03 am »
I once fixed a computer in a woman's house, and she was a double chain smoker. She had at least two going at any time. The walls were yellow brown with the smoke, and when I opened her computer I could not believe it was still working at all. It looked like it had been filled, not just some layers, totally filled with brown cotton candy.

When I got home, I left my clothes outside, went directly to the shower, and then went back and washed my clothes outside with the garden hose before I would bring them in the house. Yes, the smell was that strong.

I've had to fix those kind of machines, but I smoked (3/4 PAD) in my current apartment for 5 of the 6 years I was here (switched to vaping last year, and I'm moving next week).  I think I've only had to clean the insides once, and it wasn't that bad.  Not sure what these people do wrong.
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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #33 on: May 26, 2014, 05:25:08 pm »
This is not me.

 

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« Reply #34 on: May 26, 2014, 05:28:36 pm »
From the dailymail.co.uk ,and the headline : Even the computer mouse has fleas! Revolting gallery of filthy home offices piled high with cigarette butts and beer cans   :o

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221821/Filthy-home-offices-piled-high-cigarette-butts-beer-cans-make-commuting-living-room-nightmare.html
 

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Re: Worlds Dirtiest PC
« Reply #35 on: May 26, 2014, 07:13:33 pm »
This is not me.

OMG! That's just nasty!
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« Reply #36 on: May 27, 2014, 04:55:45 pm »
Some good entries in this "spring cleaning" thread:
http://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=93563
 

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« Reply #37 on: May 27, 2014, 07:53:35 pm »
This is not me.

OMG! That's just nasty!
EEEWWWWWWWW!  I agree.  I checked the link.  I would be embarrassed of my office/workbench looked half as bad.  I am not the neatest there is but I don't have plates of old food, don't smoke and mostly drink water so I don't have soda/beer containers all over the place.  I even dust!  My main issue is that I take things out and don't necessarily put them away when I am done.  After a while I get fed up and clean up.  Next week while on vacation, I plan a re-organization of the space. 
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« Reply #38 on: May 28, 2014, 01:15:28 am »
I have always tried to keep things hygenic. "Organic crud" like food etc grosses the crap out of me and I can not fathom how some people operate in an environment litered with food and whatnot.
My biggest problem though is dust accumulation. Things sit around a while and the dust just invites itself in.
 


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