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If You Smoke, So Does Your Computer

Over the course of 2+ decades in computer repair and service, we have seen a lot of things.  Nothing – and I mean NOTHING is as disgusting as having to open up the chassis of a computer used by a heavy smoker.  The photos in this gallery show the massive tar buildup on the components of a computer.  This is a very sticky substance that can only be removed with industrial solvents.  Think about that for a minute.  No amount of air or brushing will remove this substance.  If your computer looks like this, what do you suppose your lungs look like?

Your computer is like a stationary vacuum cleaner.  The circulation fans suck air in through all the available openings and force it back out through the chassis exits.  This is done to keep it running cool enough for good performance.  Unfortunately it also sucks in animal hair, dirt — and yes — smoke.  So if you smoke around your computer, it sucks in the smoke and ash from your cigarettes and it all sticks to the insides of your computer.  Not only is this incredibly disgusting, but it is very bad for the moving parts (fans) in the computer, which slow down and eventually fail under the heavy load.

To see our full slide show of weird, ugly, dirty and (quite frankly) fairly stupid things we have encountered in and around computers over the last couple of decades:

Without further ado, enjoy our gallery of nasty, sticky, cigarette fueled computer parts.  The moldy power supply is by far the worst.

All images copyright Warren Paul Harris
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Tar Encrusted CPU Fan

Tar Encrusted CPU Fan

Tar Encrusted Expansion Slots

Tar Encrusted Expansion Slots

Tar Stained Power Supply Vents

Tar Stained Power Supply Vents

Tar Encrusted Modem

Tar Encrusted Modem

Mold has grown on the tar buildup of this power supply

Mold has grown on the tar buildup of this power supply

Tar Encrusted Power Supply

Tar Encrusted Power Supply

Tar Encrusted Power Supply Fan

Tar Encrusted Power Supply Fan

Tar Encrusted Power Supply Fan

Tar Encrusted Power Supply Fan

Tar Clogged Fan Exhaust

Tar Clogged Fan Exhaust

Tar Clogged Laptop Exhaust

Tar Clogged Laptop Exhaust

Tar Encrusted Vent Holes

Tar Encrusted Vent Holes

 

Tar-clogged CPU Fan

Tar-clogged CPU Fan

CPU cooler housing covered with tar

CPU cooler housing covered with tar

Name of author

Name: Wizard

Short Bio: The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say "is history". Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator's license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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