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    Dusty Environment

    My daughter and son-in-law run a small bakery. The environment is very "floury" - lots of flour "dust". They have a desktop system that is obviously pulling in lots of the flour dust. Physically it is impossible to have the computer away from the dust. Is there any type of cover that would block the dust but let in enough air to keep the system cool?

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    Re: Dusty Environment

    Since you would be involved in some sort of filtration system. can you not move the system unit away from the floury environment and use 'cable extenders' for the keyboard, mouse and screen (like for a KVM switch)? These devices will all have to be cleaned regularly, or regarded as disposable/replacable.

    Otherwise it's a special-purpose dust-filtration system, which would probably cost at least the price of the PC, and perhaps many times more...

    Surely the 'flour industry' should have information available, because this must be a common (if fairly infrequent) problem?

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    Re: Dusty Environment

    Long ago when printers worked by hammering wheels against inky ribbons at high speed, you could by a sound-muffling cabinet with a little hole on the side for ventilation. Add a filter, and perhaps something like that would work for the PC. Although PCs are more affected by heat than those old printers...

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    Re: Dusty Environment

    Trebor

    This is a Jezza "thinking out of the box" idea. As well as John and Jeff's idea how about placing the computer in a small partitioned area with installed fans in the walls/doors blowing out of the room causing negative pressure within the room. Although not perfect would limit the dust coming in. A small fan would not be too expensive i reckon.
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    Re: Dusty Environment

    An environmentally controlled computer closet with holes for the cables is the way to go. If not practical, then enclosures for industrial environments are certainly available.

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    Alternatively, they could replace the case with one with filters such as the Antec Sonata II or Antec P180. I have the Sonata II and the filters are quite effective - however, dust still eventually gets in and the systems still require cleaning - but other non-filtered systems in the same environment here require cleaning much more often.

    Another alternative is to buy a PC that uses a totally passive cooling system, one that does not require any fans to suck in dirt. They are often used in Home Theater systems where total silence is desired.
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