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    condensation problems?

    I have looked back a ways in the hardware forums, and have not found this subject talked about.
    I have been bringing my computer in the house on very cold nights(easy since I use a tablet PC). I am concerned about temperature changes causing moisture condensation on internal components.
    Is this something I should be concerned about?
    Has anyone had any adverse affects that they could attribute to this phenomena? Or am I worrying over nothing?

    thx

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    Doubtful... If no one has posted any difinitive computer death related to such a phenomena, then it likely isn't much of a problem. That's not to say you won't run into it - none of us have seen it deliberately cause component failure.
    Most likely condensation does form when you turn on a cold computer, but case fans probably evaporate it before it causes any problems.
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    mrshelf,

    I am here in central Ohio. Had my system funtioning for the last year and a half. No problems with some of the extreme cold here recently, or the hot mid summer. No sign of any condensation at all.

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    really, youd think it would cause problems....theres mornings i would wake up with alot of condensation on my windows of my jeep, i was worried about the condensation too..
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    One thing you can do to help prevent moisture or condensation is you can use Silica Gel packets, they are those little packets that come packed with consumer electronics and other products susceptible to moisture during shipping.

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    is a place that sells them cheep.

    For interesting information on how effective it is and how it works click HERE.

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    I would think if it hasn't damaged my amps and headunit yet, there is no reason it would damage a PC.

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    Well alright, i aint gonna worry no more. Got extended warranty anyway, so what the hey!!

    thanx guys

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    If you're worried about the condensation after you bring it inside, you can put it in a ziploc bag until it warms up. The condensation will form on the outside of the bag and not on the PC.

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    whoah......who knew that? Have you been hanging out with Bill Nye

    thanx for that one!!

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    If you're really paranoid about it, assemble your computer and coat the sucker with silicone spray. Bye Bye condensation. In fact, you could probably sink it in an aquarium and it would still work. In fact, it WOULD work. Who here remembers the guy who sunk his mobo in baby oil (or something like that) in order to cool it?

    Here's a similar project:
    http://www.eppenga.com/folder.php?id=21

    Better yet - drop the oil pan and stick the computer in there! No more water problem.
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