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Q: Dose somke effect a laptop? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Dose somke effect a laptop?
Category: Computers
Asked by: sulafa-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 26 Oct 2003 04:44 PST
Expires: 25 Nov 2003 04:44 PST
Question ID: 269780
I smoke a lot (ya i know it will kill me), will it effect my laptop?
the smoke sometimes hits the screen and the keyboard. Sometimes i sit
in a room with +5 people smoking for 30-60 mins at time for 3-6 times
a week.
Subject: Re: Dose somke effect a laptop?
Answered By: digsalot-ga on 26 Oct 2003 08:17 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello there

The short answer - - Yes. - - though in different ways than a desktop.
 First I will explain how it damages a desktop then go on to explain
how it "could" damage a laptop.

Now if you want to read further. - - Smoking, by all means, effects
computers of all types, laptop, desktop, towers, and any other kind of
electronic equipment exposed to it.  Whenever you smoke, so does your
computer.  The "stickyness" of the tar that condenses out in your
computer also adds to other dirt problems as it acts as an adhesive
causing dust to cling more tightly to any surface, including your hard
drive.  The 'acid' content  of smoke may also eat away at circuit
boards and components.

Here is a place where you can see what cigarette (or pipe, or cigar)
smoke can do: - scroll about two thirds
down the page. - From "The Computer Wizard"

From "ten things you should not do to your computer:" - - - "Don't
smoke near your computer: believe it or not smoke can effect your
computer too! ... Most computers these days have at least one fan in
the power supply constantly drawing air through the computer to keep
it cool. The smoke from your cigarette gets drawn through the computer
and coats the internal components which can shorten their life and
even stop your floppy drive from reading disks!" - - From summerland
Credit Union

You will find some interesting (and surprising) statistics about smoke
and computers here.  For example: - - "80% of data loss on a hard
drive (not due to physical failure) is caused by smoke  and 25% of
hard drive failure is due to smoke."
- From "Smoking Kills Your Computer"

Unlike desktop computers, laptops lack components that can be
disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled.   But because they are
"closed" does not mean  they are always totally air-tight in spite of
manufacturers claims.  Even a waterproof laptop 'may' allow some
gasses to enter.  And since you are including your keyboard as part of
your laptop, yes, the stickyness from the smoke tars can effect the
keys and you may find the finger touch control pad becomes
unresponsive, sticky or unsmooth.  So I suppose you could call that a
"smoke effect" for a laptop.

Which brings us to a double answer.  Yes - smoke -  "will" -  cause
damage, or effect, the externals of a laptop such as screen and touch

It -  "may" -  cause other damage depending on the air-tightness and
condition of your machine.  Even top grade laptops, upon rough
handling may develop hairline (or larger) cracks which, while not
effecting operation or even be noticed, will allow airborn goop to
enter.  If there is even the smallest crack, the changes in interior
air pressure from heating and cooling will set up some degree of gas
exchange with outside air and allow pollutants to enter.

If you have a "hardened" laptop, then dirt and smoke should not be a
problem for the interior.  But since I do not know what kind of laptop
you have, nor its condition, the answer has to remain the combination
"yes" and "may" provided above.

A good rule of thumb is that any part of your machine that spilled
liquid can damage is also accessible to air pollutants.

Search - google
Terms - cigarette smoke computers, cigarette smoke laptops, sealing
laptops, damaged seals +in laptops

I hope the above will be of aid in your decision as to whether to
allow smoke near your laptop.

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