Leaving ELECTRONICS out in the cold then bringing them in and turning them on

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cKGunslinger

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Originally posted by: psiu
Originally posted by: cKGunslinger
I know my dad bought my mom and himself a Sony DVD changer/Home theater receiver for Xmas last year and left the box out in the garage the night before and the thing wouldn't play DVDs on Xmas day. He took it back and got another one that played just fine.

Well.....it was a Sony....

:p Well, the one that works is nice. My dad is rather deaf, so those 300W of surround sound + Schwarzenegger movies = LOUD!

Better than my $80 AMW surround system, that's for sure! ;)
 

Insane3D

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Originally posted by: MikeyIs4Dcats
Originally posted by: Insane3D
Nope. I bring my system into work every night, and during the day it sits out in my car. It's a midtower, and a 17" LCD. I took them into work tonight and it's currently 4F out...fired it right up no problems. Generally, if the air outside is cold, it's not going to be humid enough anywhere to make enough condensation in most circumstances. Also, when you turn the system on, the fans start moving air around, which makes it harder for condensation to form.

IF you were to keep it in a freezer or something then brought it out into super humid eviroment, then you might have trouble, but in practice this would be unlikely to happen.

:)


I won't ask why you breing a desktop into work every night....

Because I can, and the systems suck there. When it's slow, I play a few hours of COD or HL2. :)
 

Toastedlightly

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My heardy TI83+ screen has been frozen solid. Took it inside, turned it on, and laughed at a response time of .25 seconds.
 

Insane3D

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Originally posted by: datalink7
Originally posted by: Insane3D
Nope. I bring my system into work every night, and during the day it sits out in my car. It's a midtower, and a 17" LCD. I took them into work tonight and it's currently 4F out...fired it right up no problems. Generally, if the air outside is cold, it's not going to be humid enough anywhere to make enough condensation in most circumstances. Also, when you turn the system on, the fans start moving air around, which makes it harder for condensation to form.

IF you were to keep it in a freezer or something then brought it out into super humid eviroment, then you might have trouble, but in practice this would be unlikely to happen.

:)

You bring your desktop into work every day? That's Insane! :p

Actually, it's just one of my systems. I don't bring in my main system every night..that would be crazy. ;)

And to add, it was -10F last night....brought it right in and turned it on..no problems. I've been doing this for the past three years...

The fact remains that if it's cold enough outside for you to worry about it, it's generally not going to be humid enough anywhere to cause problems with condensation unless you bring it into a enviroment that is super humidified artificially...like a green house or something.

It's so dry where I work that if I have a bottle of water frozen solid, I will get no condensation at all on it.

:)
 

Insane3D

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Originally posted by: FrankyJunior
It's very unlikely for most electornic items to get that mch condensation that they'd fry. However, if a laptop LCD panel freezes and you then power it on, it can ruin the LCD screen.

EDIT: With DCD/CD players, it is possible for fog to build up on the laser part right when it's brought inside which can make it appear to be broken. But if you let it warm up for an hour or so first, then normally they work fine. What do you think happens when electronics get shipped to stores in the middle of winter? THey get just as cold as leaving something in your garage but they all still work fine because they are allowed to warm up.


I don't agree on the LCD panel. My Planar LCD has been outside for hours in temps as low as -20F, and when I bring it in it fires right up...

Unless there is a major difference with a laptop LCD.