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    The short answer is yes . In virtually every computer, there are devices that get very hot.  Many get hot enough that it would be uncomfortable for you to
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 14, 2012
      The short answer is "yes".

      In virtually every computer, there are devices that get very hot.  Many get hot enough that it would be uncomfortable for you to leave you finger on them for any significant amount of time.  As long as air is circulating over/through/around them, they run cooler.

      Dust (and other contaminants like cigarette residue) can cover such devices and act as a sort of blanket or insulation - keeping air flow from cooling them as efficiently as designed.  Over the years, I have seen many failures due to excessive heat.

      So, all things being equal, a cool computer is a happy computer.  A happy computer lasts longer.  Companies like DEC were never afraid to put fans in their systems.  Perhaps that's one of the reasons you find so many PDP-11's still working, today.

      Cory - WA3UVV



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          Posted by: "joshbensadon" no_reply@yahoogroups.com joshbensadon
          Date: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:17 pm ((PDT))

      It's just dust, but can it hurt the old computers?







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