In over 30 years of working with computers, I have to say I have never encountered this problem before. Read about it, but never actually saw it.
A friend of mine has a laptop. (The brand and model are really unimportant.) Over the last few months he's had a few problems with it (all software-related) which he has engaged me to fix. Despite my work on it, he has become increasingly upset with it, and just recently bought a new laptop, even though the one I've worked on is only a few months old. And he ever so graciously decided to just give me the (not so) old one.
Now, I have to mention two things. First, this friend lives in what I can only kindly refer to as unsanitary conditions. I mean, I could be more specific, but I don't want to gross you out before you read any further. That part comes next.
Secondly, on a couple of occasions while I was fixing this laptop, I happened to notice a few very small cockroaches in the vicinity. The first time, I considered it an unrelated nuisance. The second and third times, I thought it was just an odd coincidence. The fourth (and last) time, I actually saw one crawling out of one of the ventilation holes. Fortunately the laptop wasn't on my lap at the time, else there might have been some hardware that needed fixing, too.
So now, I am expected to take delivery of said apparently cockroach infested laptop in a couple of days. I'm sure a few of you are saying to yourself, "hellllllll no!" right about now. But, as the saying goes, don't look a gift horse in the mouth. I'm not about to turn down an otherwise very nice (and free) laptop just because of a few computer, um, bugs. Rather, I'd like to find a way to de-infest it. This is where you, O Gentle Reader, come in.
Without having done any research into this whatsoever as of yet, a cursory review has lead me to consider and dismiss the following options, for the following reasons:
1. Take it apart.
(I've never taken a laptop apart before and I'm 99.9999% certain I couldn't put it back together again if I did.)
2. Freeze it overnight
. (I'm fairly sure some components in it might not like being frozen, not the least of which is the liquid crystal display, and I'm almost positive it wouldn't kill the roaches anyway.)
3. Lock it in a closet and set off a bug bomb
. (This might kill the roaches, or it might not. I think I'd need to have the laptop running the whole time just to draw the fumigant into the machine, and even then it might not reach all parts of it. And then I'd have the smoke residue (which is pretty thick and sticky stuff) left inside which at the very least would likely affect the ventilation properties of the machine.)
4. Bury it in boric acid powder
. (This would almost certainly kill the roaches... eventually. Probably take even longer to clean all the powder out afterwards. Probably even wind up having to take it apart. (See Option 1)).
F. Drown it for a week in a vat of some non-electrically conductive liquid, like mineral oil
. (The cheese option -- not to be taken seriously. ("OK, who's the U-Boat commander?"
Ok, so, what do you think? Any ideas?