Cleaning Your Computer

Dear Computer Lady,

My Windows Vista goes to sleep everytime I dust the key board off. I try to avoid the sleep key (it has a moon on the button) but it’s very sensitive.

I always have to shut down the computer completely and turn it back on to WAKE it up.

What can I do to wake the computer up?

Thank you, Mary

Dear Mary,

I would ALWAYS shut the computer down and unplug it before doing any cleaning on it.

This is to protect the computer from static electricity, which can destroy sensitive electronics.

Even dusting can generate static electricity.

Before you clean the computer, turn it completely off, and unplug it. If it is a laptop, unplug it and remove the battery.

Now it is safe to clean your computer. You can dust it with a damp rag, blow the dust off with some compressed air, or use a cleaning wipe made for computers.

Don’t use a vacuum to clean your computer, since a vacuum cleaner generates static electricity.

This will not only solve the problem of having your computer go to sleep when you don’t want it to, but also protect your computer from electrostatic damage.



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    • sj_kac
    • April 8, 2014

    Another reason not to use a vacuum cleaner is it can suck the keys off of the keyboard! I did this with a computer a couple of years ago. Luckily I had just installed a new dust bag, so finding the keys and the little pieces that go under the key was not very hard. Getting the keys back on the keyboard was a B***!

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