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Discussion in 'Misc Electronics' started by curious, Jun 25, 2006.

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  1. curious

    curious Guest

    Is it OK to use a vacuum cleaner right next to a computer? Could the
    vacuum cleaner generate magnetic fields strong enough to affect the
    hard drive or RAM or anything else in the computer?
     
  2. Guest

    Yes.

    Could the
    Maximum damage is shop vac plugged in to same aleady overburdoned
    circuit, and it may then trip a breaker or something. Which may cause a
    particularly crappy and overloaded computer power supply to die.
    (very unlikely) Ok so maximum damage is vacuum cleaner knocks computer
    off desk, and cause an accident of the humpty dumpty nature. :)

    The magnents inside a hard drive are so powerful, that if you put one
    on the palm of your hand, and the other on the back of your hand, the
    two magnents will stick together. Most technicians have no fear of a
    magnetic screwdriver near a hard drive.

    Ram is based on electrostatic charges, not magnetism. So no risk there.

    Interference on a wireless network is possible, I suppose. But I don't
    really think so.
     
  3. philo

    philo Guest


    I took apart a SCSI drive last year.

    The magnets:

    As soon as they got near each other...they just flew out of my hands
    and stuck together ...
    I had to pry them apart with a screw driver!
     
  4. Guest

    They make killer refrigerator magnets, hang your kid's biggest art
    project, maybe the whole kid. :)


    PS, the trick is to SLIDE them apart. it's quite beyond human strength
    to pull them straight apart.
     
  5. philo

    philo Guest

    I was walking up to the fridge...
    but the magnet just pulled it over !!!!! >G<

    NOW you tell me!

    I eventually figured that out!
     
  6. Joe Soap

    Joe Soap Guest

    Try the MicroSoft Vacuum Cleaner. Their only product that doesn't suck.
     
  7. Sjouke Burry

    Sjouke Burry Guest

    Well, it should.....
     
  8. There's a patch for MVC (Microsoft Vacuum Cleaner) 2.0. The product is
    then guaranteed to suck.
     
  9. JANA

    JANA Guest

    The vacuum cleaner cannot damage the computer. Just use it on a different
    outlet, in case it causes any dip or interference when it is switched on. It
    can have the same effect as an air conditioner sharing the same outlet with
    the computer.

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    JANA
    _____


    Is it OK to use a vacuum cleaner right next to a computer? Could the
    vacuum cleaner generate magnetic fields strong enough to affect the
    hard drive or RAM or anything else in the computer?
     
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