Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/18/ventblockers_2/

Dirty PCs: How much filth can you take?

The horror, the horror

By Lester Haines

Posted in Hardware, 18th November 2010 14:26 GMT

Ventblockers II It's been a tad over a year since our shock insight into the darkest and most fearsome interiors of computing hardware, and by our reckoning that's just about enough time to recover from the trauma.

Accordingly, we're inviting contributions for "Ventblockers II", so let's see if you lot can match this further collection of horror which has crawled into the Bootnotes inbox over the last 12 months.

First up, here's one from James Dore, who explains that it's "a machine acting as a firewall that was in the cellar of a building we were having refurbished".

The builder's foreman said: "No worries mate. We'll cover it in plastic sheeting, and it will be fine."

Rather dirty PC interior

Well, it wasn't fine as you can see.

Next up, a couple of dusty snaps from Anthony Giagiarno:

Dusty PC interior

Dusty fan vent

Not bad...

..but here's what happens when you own a Dell but not a vacuum cleaner:

Dust puppy on Dell access panel

According to Pete MacDonald, that's the front access to a USB panel, not that you'd know it.

This too was once a computer, Stateside reader Ian Keyes believes:

Dust encrusted PC front panel

Fellow American J C Edmond, who owns a computer repair shop, provides evidence of why one of his customers' kit kept overheating:

PC completely clogged with dust

Continuing with our US of A shockers, try this from Paul Ruby, Jr, who groans: "You know it is going to be a Monday, when this is your first computer to repair for the day."

Mouse droppings inside PC case

You've got it: mice, and plenty of 'em.

Finally, Kai Flogaus felt he had to share this with us:

Spider's webs inside PC

Close-up of spider's webs inside PC

Nice. We'll leave it to you to decide just how that chilling round-up compares with previous submissions, and if you reckon you've got something even more repulsive, send me evidence here. ®