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The USB ports on the front of my computer are close to the ground so they get dirt in them. Is there a way I can clean them out?

asked Sep 05 '10 at 18:00

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Get a small bottle of compressed air. That is the tool of clean USB ports. Or you can try one of these! http://www.gadgetonian.com/2010/05/usb-cleaner-keeps-your-ports-squeaky-clean/

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answered Sep 05 '10 at 18:04

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Madison Tries

edited Sep 05 '10 at 18:05

That is mint. I have never seen anything like that before. lol

(Sep 05 '10 at 20:24) Database Database's gravatar image

Same here. I saw it for the first time in my research for this.

(Sep 05 '10 at 20:25) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

Do you know where they sell them?

(Sep 07 '10 at 15:35) Database Database's gravatar image

No, sadly I don't know.

(Sep 08 '10 at 21:29) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

You might try a simple vacuum too. With the unit off and unplugged, I regularly clean out my PC and it's vents. Mine is close to the ground too and it runs like a champ.

answered Sep 05 '10 at 19:29

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Good to use some ear pins with (if needed) alcohol, and toothpicks for the corners and the other side of the pin inputs.

Though I would remind you about the safety things one should do before you go about cleaning it, as I got my computer in a little mess back the first time I cleaned out my USB sockets.

answered Sep 07 '10 at 15:10

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Sure that will work i just use a can of compressed air.

answered Sep 07 '10 at 15:39

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Grab a can of compressed air. Make sure your computer is off, and keep the can upright; you don't want to freeze the connectors or break anything.

If that doesn't get it done, some q-tips dampened in rubbing alcohol should do the trick if you're careful. Use the compressed air to make sure all the alcohol is dried up.

answered Sep 07 '10 at 15:41

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I'm a fan of using an old toothbrush. Just dry brush the offending port, and any dust particles should be dislodged. The bristles should get right into the corners of the port socket too.

answered Sep 07 '10 at 15:53

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