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I've picked up a second hand PC. I'm going to install Linux on it. The machine is filthy. Does anyone have any tips on cleaning it up? (Especially the USB ports, which are really dirty.)
Also it's really noisy. The fan is loud. Does anyone have tips on what I should do to fix this?
Finally there are two USB ports. Is the difference between the versions of USB 1 and 2 software only or software and hardware? In other words after installing a new distro of Linux, will it configure the ports as USB2?
Most PC or hardware stores such as B&Q or Homebase should sell compressed air cans for cleaning purposes. That blasts out all the dust and muck off the internal hardware. Lint-free wipes can also be used, or a soft-bristled paint brush to clean things. That would clean up the USB ports too. The less dust, the better. The noise from fans may well be down to all the dust - you could replace them. Which fans are nosiy - case fans, CPU fan, pwoer supply fans? As for USB1 and USB2 ports, it's hardware based. You can get USB 2 PCI cards if you need USB 2 support, but simply loading a different module won't turn a USB1 port to USB2 unfortunately.
Mandriva is pretty good to start out with. Is a good graphical installer + hardware detection so you'll get a good feel for things. KDE is also a good starting place as it will be fairly familiar moving from Windows.