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Discussion in 'Mac' started by Draco_Auric, Jun 9, 2001.

  1. Draco_Auric

    Draco_Auric Peasant

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    Im compleatly cleaning out my computer and reinstalling all my stuff what stuff would you suggest to as stuff to make it run better and stuff? (i know i should be posting this in hardware software or help but id probaly get very little exposer there)
     
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    compressed air on all internal components and fans.
    fresh heatsink compound between heatsink and processor.
    MORE RAM! hehe.
    don't install conflict catcher, extensis whatchama, or any other system utilities. just boot from a Norton CD once every few months and run the disk doctor.
    virtual memory off if you have lots of RAM.
    defrag (norton)
    don't install ATM :p

    beyond that it's just a matter of making sure you have lots of memory allocated to your apps, and turning off useless extensions.
     
  3. Draco_Auric

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    Hrm.... How would i get inside my imac to do that compressed air thing? and what is heatsink compound?
     
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    If you don't know what it is then it'd be best if you weren't messing around in there.

    I have no idea how to get into an iMac. Apparently they're insanely difficult.
     
  5. zxcvbnm

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    Try just blowing air into any open spaces. Maybe there are open vents or something to blow air into.
     
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    And once you've blown the air where is that blown air going to go?
     
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    Out of the computer?
     
  8. Draco_Auric

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    hmmm.... it kinda looks like the whole top should pop right off
     
  9. Jakeman

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    slot loading iMac = OMFG! Don't even try! Plus they have convection cooling so there is never any dust inside the machine.

    tray loading iMac = doable if you know what you're doing. There is a separate heatsink for the processor.

    Heat sink compound is a silicon based jelly that has excellent heat conductivity. Less heat on the processor is always a good thing.
     
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    ok, I have a solt loading iMac so i dont need to dust it and what would the less heat do to improve computer proformance?
     
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    Jake, it's zinc oxide, not silicon. For physically cleaning a slot iMac, there's not much that can be done. For software cleaning, Jake's pretty much right, although I'd also recommend you optimize with Norton Speed Disk, it doesn't just defrag, but sorts out your files according to type.

    I do have one question, why not install Adobe Type Manager?

    --Haite
     
  12. Zephor

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    i dont believe that dust slows down computers
     
  13. Jakeman

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    ATM has major incompatibilities with OS 9. Even the new update that supposedly fixes the issues has problems. Many of my customers have had to reformat their HDs because of it.

    Dust can kill fans which makes components get hot which can definately slow down a system or cause freezing.
     
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    if it gets so hot it freezes then you must be in a vaccuum. Ergo, using a vaccuum on your computer is bad. How's that for logic?
     
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    a automatic transaction machine?
     
  16. Moose

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    Just pour water over it. Water, the universal solvent!
     
  17. Sparhawk

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    Achwally, using an AC vacuum on your puter is an extremely bad idea. The nozzle spits out enough ions to fairly nuke any sensitive components. I mean, if you can nuke components just with the static electricity you pick up from picking up a piece of paper...
     
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    I learned just recently (I've been researching overclocking) that pure, distilled water is an insulator. If you had pure h2o, you COULD dump it on your MB and nothing would happen. It's the impurities in the water that conduct electricity...
     
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    Why don't you use that hydronium water or whatever the hard water is in CANDU reactors?
     
  20. Jakeman

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    isn't salt the main conductive component in water?
     

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