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August 29, 2011, 09:49:44 PM
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This sounds stupid, but after moving my open-case mining rig from my room into the garage/basement, I started thinking about whether it was a bad idea since there's quite a few spiders lurking in there which could possibly (albeit highly unlikely) cause a short circuit.

Now obviously putting the case on would be a fantastic start at preventing this ridiculous problem, but what are your thoughts on this?

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August 29, 2011, 09:58:12 PM
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Unless you're seriously infested, i'd say the odds are astronomically low.  Probably not worth worrying about.
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August 29, 2011, 10:01:29 PM
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Small spiders can crawl into a case as well, if there's enough airflow in the area they'll stay away

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August 29, 2011, 10:03:30 PM
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This sounds stupid, but after moving my open-case mining rig from my room into the garage/basement, I started thinking about whether it was a bad idea since there's quite a few spiders lurking in there which could possibly (albeit highly unlikely) cause a short circuit.

Now obviously putting the case on would be a fantastic start at preventing this ridiculous problem, but what are your thoughts on this?
I say extremely likely.  Warmth and lights from your computer will be extremely attractive to creepy crawlies.  A fire in your garage can go for hours before being noticed.

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August 29, 2011, 10:08:21 PM
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non issue. I've got a couple open "cases" running in the garage, and haven't had any issue. There have been a few dead bugs on them, but just blow them off and keep on going, no outages due to them yet.
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August 29, 2011, 10:15:05 PM
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Definitely not infested but there's the average amount lurking around in there.

It does seem incredibly unlikely. There's not much airflow since it's only 1 rig. Just two case fans and the CPU/GPU/PSU fans (it's a half open case, rather than caseless). Probably nothing to worry about but I'd rather not have my house burned down by spiders.

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August 29, 2011, 11:12:36 PM
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Spiders taste with their feet. If one foot is on peanut butter and the other is on chocolate they think they are standing on reeses pieces... Wink But they hate anything citris...

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August 29, 2011, 11:45:20 PM
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I wish a spider could do a few webs in my PCs, last there was 4 long leg flies stuck in my ref. ATI turbine fan.
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August 30, 2011, 12:36:33 AM
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I have some spiders around mine, plus some moths which have clearly gone through the boxfans.  Not sure how many have been through the GPU fans.
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August 30, 2011, 02:14:00 AM
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With the voltages involved it's unlikely they could cause a short
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August 30, 2011, 02:40:38 AM
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You have to think about what they would short as well, you need to be specific in circuit diagrams. Computers are typically designed in a way such that it is difficult to create shorts between parts, and most living things are not great conductors anyway. More likely to have damage caused from spider webs gumming up fans or piles of spider bodies blocking your fans exhaust. Stupid spiders.
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August 30, 2011, 03:31:24 AM
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This sounds stupid, but after moving my open-case mining rig from my room into the garage/basement, I started thinking about whether it was a bad idea since there's quite a few spiders lurking in there which could possibly (albeit highly unlikely) cause a short circuit.

Now obviously putting the case on would be a fantastic start at preventing this ridiculous problem, but what are your thoughts on this?
I say extremely likely.  Warmth and lights from your computer will be extremely attractive to creepy crawlies.  A fire in your garage can go for hours before being noticed.

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August 30, 2011, 05:23:02 AM
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Also, I know someone's going to eventually say it

In the old days when debugging meant literally removing the remains of dead bugs from circuits, computers were much much higher voltage/current machines... touching the wrong thing could give you a shock (well, technically speaking if you touched the power supply or monitor (on the inside) you could receive a shock)
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August 30, 2011, 01:18:34 PM
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Dust > spiders

Let's tall about handling that with open air cases instead lol
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August 30, 2011, 05:32:09 PM
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Thanks for the various responses. Sure makes an interesting read.

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August 30, 2011, 08:34:36 PM
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We have nothing to fear, but fear itself and spiders.

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August 31, 2011, 02:41:15 AM
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I have 7 of my rigs out in the shed,  I have been bug 'zapping' all summer Smiley

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August 31, 2011, 07:18:44 PM
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Also, I know someone's going to eventually say it

In the old days when debugging meant literally removing the remains of dead bugs from circuits, computers were much much higher voltage/current machines... touching the wrong thing could give you a shock (well, technically speaking if you touched the power supply or monitor (on the inside) you could receive a shock)

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September 01, 2011, 01:06:49 AM
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And that's why there are bugs in the programming

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September 01, 2011, 05:23:18 AM
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Actually I moved my rigs into the garage and two days later one of my rigs is off in the morning. It wouldn't post. I take it apart to find a moth stuck on the pins on the underside. Board is being sent back to be rma'd now. Hopefully warranty will take care of it...

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