I keep a laptop in the garage, and wondering if I am killing it.
I produce a lot of dust when I'm working in there, and I try to keep the computer clean by wiping it down and blowing the dust out of the keyboard on a regular basis. Is there anything else I should be doing to protect it? Is it just a matter of time before I completely kill the thing?
Yeah. So just HOW dusty is it? I've had laptops in extreme environments last a long time, but if it's not the heat or dust something will make it go eventually.
Can you simply close the lid and let it go to "standby" when you're not using it? That'll cause heat to not be a factor anymore and it'll turn off the fans. Then if it is that dusty it can be covered if needed - but it may not be needed.
the biggest issue is the dust collection on the fans. this later wears them out prematurely and then you have over heating issues. if you regularly clean the fans off (compress air in the can) and keep the lid down, the computer will be fine.
Oh and regular cleanings depend on you. In the desert we cleaned our laptops for the helo's everyday. and everyday they was a huge pile of dust on the fans and on the fan intake ports.
Keep those fans clean, keeps the comp cool, thus it lives longer.