Shmutz Underneath the Studio XPS 8100

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Daddy, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Daddy

    Daddy Guest

    What is the big idea behind raising the front of the Studio XPS 8100 a
    half-inch or so off the horizontal?

    If the idea was to improve access for folks who place the case on the
    floor, a measly half-inch (or so) is not going to make a difference.

    Meanwhile, all manner of shmutz ("dirt" in Yiddish) is going to get
    caught under there...dust, crumbs, you name you're going to be
    constantly cleaning. And with what do you clean? You can't fit a brush
    under there. You have to blow it out, so now you have shmutz all over
    the drapes.

    Enlighten me, please.

    Daddy, Feb 9, 2010
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  2. Hi!

    ITYM "schmutz". But don't quote me on it. :)
    It looks like a very similar design that Compaq used on some late
    model Presario computers. Those too have a raised front.


    I suppose it's mainly the taste of the designer. And who knows? Maybe
    a Compaq designer defected to Dell?

    Of course, one could say the same thing of computer fans. That fan
    practically assures that all manner of schmutz builds up in the case,
    around the vent holes and even in places where it shouldn't, like the
    floppy drive. And you're not supposed to use a vacuum sweeper to clean
    it up.

    Not that I'm complaining. I really enjoy taking a filthy machine
    outdoors and hitting it with the air compressor. FWOOSH and one cloud
    later, all is right with the world.

    Systems that have inhaled enough cigarette or other smoke require more
    drastic action:

    (yes, it's my video)

    William R. Walsh, Feb 10, 2010
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  3. Daddy

    Daddy Guest

    I wonder what "appropriate precautions" were taken when placing the
    parts into the dishwasher.

    In any case, your video inspired take a shower. (And I achieved
    results similar to yours.)

    Daddy, Feb 10, 2010
  4. Hi!
    Well, nothing says "top rack only" so we're good there.

    Seriously, I put the few case plastics on the top rack, along with the
    drives and fan. Everything else went down below. I used regular
    detergent and soft water.

    Power supplies are a toss up. The coils and transformers can, at least
    in theory, hold water. To dry them, I usually put them in the sun for
    a long time.

    Don't forget to pull the CMOS battery. Nothing must be powered when
    you do this. <<<< do not forget this, or you will VERY sorry

    Haven't lost one yet...
    That's pretty funny. :)

    William R. Walsh, Feb 10, 2010
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