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Keeping your newsagency computer running in the heat

Mark Fletcher
January 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We published advice to Tower Newsagents tonight on helping newsagent computer systems survive the heatwave which others who visit here may find useful:

  1. Ensure there is good ventilation. Clear out unnecessary papers and other junk crammed around the hardware.
  2. If the computer is in a very hot place and is acting in an unstable way, consider training a small fan to circulate air. Do not remove the cover because most boxes are designed for optimum airflow over important components with the cover on.
  3. Place something under the case to lift it off the ground or shelf (but keep it stable) to improve airflow.
  4. Reduce internal dust. Turn everything off, unplug the computer box, remove the cover, blow out dust, place the cover back on.
  5. You will have more water around for drinking – be careful. Computers do not like to drink.
  6. Don’t have too many devices running off the one socket.
  7. Use a battery backup to deliver clean power in the event of a blackout or power spike. We sell these.

The heat problem is compounded in some situations by a considerable build up of dust in the computers.  Some preventative measures would have stopped this in most cases.

Stay cool everyone…

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Category: Newsagency challenges · newsagent software

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  • 1 John Kirkham // Jan 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    If you’re telling people to open up the case, they should be told to ‘earth/ground’ themselves to the metal case because of electrostatic discharge.

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