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Method for a self-cleaning PC

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010327D
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-20
Document File: 6 page(s) / 258K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a self-cleaning PC. Benefits include improved functionality, improved reliability, and improved support for future requirements.

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Method for a self-cleaning PC

Disclosed is a method for a self-cleaning PC. Benefits include improved functionality, improved reliability, and improved support for future requirements.

Background

        � � � � � Computers have multiple cooling fans that circulate air over a motherboard and peripherals. Most modern computers have a fan and/or a heatsink that sits on top of the processor. The purpose is to keep the processor and all of the peripherals in the computer case cool. If a component is operating at a temperature that exceeds its operating range, the unit may malfunction, burn out, or even catch fire.

        � � � � � Dust in a computer system can act as an insulator and cause functional problems. For example, if dust builds up in an expansion slot, such as a PCI slot, connections may not be successfully established when a peripheral card is inserted into the slot.

        � � � � � Conventional methods of cooling the processor and peripherals have one significant drawback; they create a vacuum in the computer case. This vacuum causes dust, dirt, hair, and other materials to accumulate in the computer case. The dust can stick to the vanes of the processor’s heatsink, its cooling fan, and the fans that are mounted to the computer case and power supply. As a result, the CPU and/or peripherals run hotter, leading to system failure. Spurious rebooting occurs because most modern motherboards have internal temperature gauges that reboot the system if the temperature gets too high. In extreme cases, the processor can physically burn up.

General description

        � � � � � The disclosed method enables a computer to automatically capture and clean dust and debris that can collect in systems and reduce the efficiency of the processors and computer cases cooling fans. A clean environment ensures the successful operation and the long lifespan of a system.

Advantages

        � � � � � Some implementations of the disclosed structure and method provide one or more of the following advantages:

•        � � � � Improved functionality due to providing a simple way of removing dust and pollutants

•        � � � � Improved reliability due to reducing the dust and pollutants that can disrupt cooling

•        � � � � Improved support for the thermal requirements of...