A PC Cleaner Is Just What The Computer
Doctor Ordered

Learning how to be a PC cleaner will pay off for years to come for your bookselling business. Your computer will run faster and cooler and thereby extend the life of your technology investment.

Here's a technique I learned when asking myself why is my computer slow? Properly running equipment allows me to make money from home without worry.

Heat is the enemy of computers. Processor chips operate at incredible speeds and consequently, they generate a tremendous amount of heat.

The heat generated by your computer causes pock marks on the chips and that deterioration causes a multitude of problems for your system.

In addition to today's fast processor speeds causing a mini heat wave inside your computer, dust that accumulates on sensitive components exacerbates the problem by not letting the components cool down properly.

The Dirty Little Secret

Every computer has a cooling fan that sucks cooler air from outside the case and blows it across the internal components. This helps keep the inside of your computer cool.

Unfortunately, your fan also sucks in dust, dirt, and other floating debris that clings to sensitive electronic components inside your computer.

That dust and debris eventually builds up and acts like insulation that traps heat and contributes to the premature failure of your computer and is a contributing factor to why my computer is slow.

A skilled PC cleaner will keep your computer dust free and it's one of the easiest and cheapest ways to extend the life of your machine.

To top it off, it doesn't take a whole lot of effort to master the necessary skills, making the business of selling secondhand books less complicated.

You should clean the dust out of your computer at least once a year, preferably twice a year for most home business systems used for Internet bookselling.

In truly dusty environments like book fulfillment warehouse a regimen of quarterly visits by a PC cleaner is probably a good idea to continue selling used books online efficiently.

It's Easy as 1-2-3

If you can wield a Philips head screw driver without injuring yourself then you can perform this simple maintenance task.

In addition to the screw driver the only other thing you need is a can of compressed air. That's what most entrepreneurs who work from home use.

Cleaning the dust out of your computer system helps it run cooler and more efficient.

If you're in a commercial warehouse you may have access to a pressurized air compressor. That will do quite nicely too.

Thus, properly armed, I was prepared to make my computer faster.

Step One: Disconnect The Power

Your first step is to shutdown your computer and disconnect the power cord from the electrical outlet.

That seems obvious, but it never ceases to amaze me to see people running computers without the protective cover.

The risk of accidentally damaging vital internal components is bad enough. But the risk of electrical shock to the PC cleaner is even worse.

So for Pete's sake, turn off the machine and unplug it before you start messing around with the internals.

Step Two: Remove The Outside Panel

Once the machine is safely powered down and unplugged, you need to remove the outer panel to expose the internal workings.

Most computer case panels are held in place by two to four screws. Usually they are Phillips head screws but they can also be a combination of Phillips head and hex nut. Either way, a Phillips screw driver is all you'll need. Book dealers can rest easy -- well, almost.

Just in case you're thinking this little operation is too simple you may find you own one of the more modern cases that comes apart using a pressure release button.

It been my experience that those designs don't always work well. You can have quite a time removing the panel. Instead of tools, you'll need a healthy dose of patience to figure it out.

I know I did when I wanted to speed up my computer. It's not the kind of pressure you want to feel after a successful book sale.

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