Re: [fhctech] FHC computer maintenance
In my Stake, I have had a couple floppy and CDROM drives go
bad. I assume that a contributing factor to their short
life-span is that they are rarely been cleaned. However, I
am quite positive that other factors (general usage) made
larger contributions to their failure.
Given that floppy disk drives cost around $20 to replace,
its almost not worth the effort to clean them; especially
if they are used frequently (causing other general wear on
CDROM drives are generally $50 or so to replace, but do not
seem to fail as often.
I make a yearly "maintenance" visit to all the computers in
my Stake. I have a small can of compressed air, and I give
several components a quick blast of air to move the dust-
bunnies around a bit. I also have a little "dust-devil"
vac to suck the big ones out from off the CPU, etc.
In my Stake, my yearly "maintenance" visit is sufficient.
It depends a lot on the environment in which the computer
is located (of course). I used to maintain about 150
computers at BYU (Food Services, Housing, Auxiliary
Maintenance, MTC, etc.) The worst (to maintain) were the
computers located in the BYU Laundry Services building. I
made a point to pay them a visit every three months. The
first time I opened one of those cases, I found it "packed-
full" of lint. In another, rarely maintained, computer
system (actually located in a small business, not BYU), I
found an entire family of mice. The buisness owner asked
me to come take a look to see if I could figure out why
this computer was acting up. Mouse tracks (droppings, etc)
all over the place inside. I slid the cover back on
without exposing the content and made a great wager (with
the owner) that I had figured out the problem.
> How often do folks clean the floppy and CD drives? Thisis a question
> that I often ask when visiting other FHCs. The answer isalways "Never"
> Ken Keller
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