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Tatoosh
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2015-11-03T09:37:05Z
acarzt, thank you very much for your offer. I am not technically proficient with builds, though I do research a lot of details, being a bit of nerdy old fart. The plan is to take it to a local shop of fairly proficient IT types that can see if anything might be done. As my post above mentions, compressed air is really quite rare here. I don't think I've ever seen a tech grab a can to spray anything. Instead there is a myriad of brushes that they use to sweep or brush out the system. Yep, we ain't in Kansas no more, Toto!

I did pull the trigger on the motherboard over at eBay. If they can save this one, all is good and I'll use it in the older computer that is even more decrepit than my comatose P5N73-AM. If not, and a cheap replacement is not available here, then I have a fall back solution.

My SSD that I was just about to click on and buy is now on the back burner. Bleh! Out of curiosity, Crucial BX100 250 gb Sata for under $90 new should be okay? Or do I need to be looking for a different sort of SSD?

The backup/replacement MoBo: Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R 

Blackhawk8100
2015-11-03T12:37:52Z

I just checked the price of a can of pressurized air and they were asking 450 pesos or just shy of $10 US.

That isn't too bad...

Tatoosh
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2015-11-03T15:55:52Z
Apparently one of these is the answer to the cost of compressed air. If I was not coming back to the USA so soon, I'd try and get one shipped over here.

No Cans Compressed Air 

Blackhawk8100
2015-11-03T17:16:44Z
That is just a lot of hot air.
acarzt
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2015-11-03T17:39:15Z

Apparently one of these is the answer to the cost of compressed air. If I was not coming back to the USA so soon, I'd try and get one shipped over here.

No Cans Compressed Air 

Do not get that. ESD is a concern with that thing.

You would be better offer getting a compressor, NOT a vacuum.

Blackhawk8100
2015-11-03T17:59:03Z
Yeah... Look up. Keyboard cleaner, usually that is compressed air...
Tatoosh
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2015-11-04T06:13:38Z
Why would ESD be more of a concern with air that sucks instead of blows? If the vac tip and hose are not conductive, that is. The presence of the vac motor in proximity to the MoBo/Computer even when the computer is powered down?

Update: Dead computer/MoBo is in the back of the car finally and will go to the shop shortly. Update to follow tonight or tomorrow depending on how busy they are.

Blackhawk8100
2015-11-04T12:32:29Z

Why would ESD be more of a concern with air that sucks instead of blows? If the vac tip and hose are not conductive, that is. The presence of the vac motor in proximity to the MoBo/Computer even when the computer is powered down?

Update: Dead computer/MoBo is in the back of the car finally and will go to the shop shortly. Update to follow tonight or tomorrow depending on how busy they are.

Nevermind what I said, good luck to you though!

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2015-11-04T18:05:32Z

Why would ESD be more of a concern with air that sucks instead of blows? If the vac tip and hose are not conductive, that is. The presence of the vac motor in proximity to the MoBo/Computer even when the computer is powered down?

Update: Dead computer/MoBo is in the back of the car finally and will go to the shop shortly. Update to follow tonight or tomorrow depending on how busy they are.

Dust and other particles being sucked into the vacuum create friction and charge particles in the air which can discharge into your PC. The hose is not conductive, it's the particles in the air... think lightning.

It may be unlikely to ever happen... but it is generally a BAD idea to use a vacuum on your PC.

Blackhawk8100
2015-11-04T19:05:51Z
So a mini, invisible lightning storm?
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2015-11-04T20:08:01Z

So a mini, invisible lightning storm?

ESD is not invisible lol You CAN see it... It's just usually it happens so fast and it's so small you usually don't see it. But I have seen some bright visible sparks lol

Blackhawk8100
2015-11-04T21:19:15Z

ESD is not invisible lol You CAN see it... It's just usually it happens so fast and it's so small you usually don't see it. But I have seen some bright visible sparks lol

Gotta turn out the lights?

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2015-11-04T21:59:43Z

Gotta turn out the lights?

That definitely makes it easier to see lol

Find a blanket that is know for giving you a shock and turn out the lights and watch the light show when you move around under it lol

Blackhawk8100
2015-11-04T22:12:23Z
Sliding down carpet stairs and touching a metal pole?
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2015-11-04T23:16:37Z
Uhhhh you don't want to fall down the stairs though!

Just put your socks on and drag your feet on the carpet and then go grab a door knob in the dark lol