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Windows 7: Can powder from pencils do harm to PCs

12 Nov 2014   #1
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
Can powder from pencils do harm to PCs

Can powder made from writing with a pencil do harm to a desktop or laptop? Everytime someone in the house uses a pencil, a lot of graphite powder seems to be made. Can this get into any of my PCs since sometimes they use pencils right next to them? Will it just do the same damage as dust does, which I try to clean out when I have time? Also, sometimes, I accidentally hit my laptop with a pencil. Can graphite leave a scratch on the plastic shell of my laptop?


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12 Nov 2014   #2
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

hi,

i do not think you have to worry to much about the graphite from pencils. they would be so small like any other dust particals getting into the computer.
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12 Nov 2014   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Graphite powder would form a small part of the dust taken in every day.
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12 Nov 2014   #4
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

Not really equal to household dust. Graphite is an extremely good conductor of electricity. ART.
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12 Nov 2014   #5
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering one View Post
Not really equal to household dust. Graphite is an extremely good conductor of electricity. ART.
thats true. just an interesting thread. never really thought about pencil dust which would take a lot of accumulation to short anything out in my opinion.
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12 Nov 2014   #6
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering one View Post
Not really equal to household dust. Graphite is an extremely good conductor of electricity. ART.
Presumably writing would create only a tiny amount of graphite powder (unless you are drawing/shading pictures).

That said, you should try to prevent graphite powder from entering your PC.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oscer1 View Post
thats true. just an interesting thread. never really thought about pencil dust which would take a lot of accumulation to short anything out in my opinion.
It could possibly accumulate in sockets though (e.g. RAM, PCI cards, etc.).
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12 Nov 2014   #7
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

@ Computer0304.

I suppose a sharp graphite pencil could scratch the plastic on a laptop if it hit it at the right angle.

I have actually used graphite pencils to remove scratches & discolouration from plastic. Just use spit for wetness & rub the graphite pencil on the surface to be repaired & wipe off frequently & reapply spit. Don't use the point of the pencil just use the side of the graphite centre. Just a case of spit & polish. It is not a fast job so have patience.
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13 Nov 2014   #8
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

@Ranger4 But the force of accidentally hitting the laptop with a pencil won't hurt the inside though, right? I mean, a very tiny bit of the powder could get in through the fan vents but I didn't literally stick it in the vent.

@LMiller7, @oscer1, @lehnerus2000 I have observed the vents every so often and it seems that there is no visible amount of graphite getting in.

@Wandering one Well that is something I have not known before. It is pretty interesting.

Well, I guess I am just being my self again by worring about small things. Thanks guys for answering.
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