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Cold Weather Tips for Laptop Users
Eventually, every laptop will either fail or become obsolete, this we know for sure. At Centrend, that’s why we always recommend a reliable and tested data backup strategy for our clients to ensure business continuity. With a plan to manage data recovery in place, our next goal is to get the most useful life out of the hardware as possible.
When caring for your laptop computer, remember that dramatic temperature change and moisture are two things that adversely affect computers. When using your laptop during winter in New England, it is much more likely for both of these events to be the cause of some damage.
When traveling outside in the cold or leaving the laptop in your car for extended periods, take some extra steps to keep it from freezing. You could add some additional insulation to your carrying case, or place it next to something else warm. The goal is to keep it at room temperature for as long as possible.
- Avoid using your laptop outside in the cold weather.
- Avoid letting your laptop computer become frozen.
- Do not open it or power it on when it’s frozen.
- When coming in from the cold, let it warm up for 20 – 30 minutes before powering on.
- If it does become frozen, let it warm up gradually – sudden dramatic temperature changes are not good and potentially damaging.
Generally following the above rules of thumb, you should be able to keep your laptop computer from winter harm. If you experience any problems after your computer has been frozen, such as inability to start, contact Centrend for help. It may not fail right away, because there seems to be some mysterious law of nature that makes it happen when most inconvenient! But, should this occur, you’ll rely on your data backup strategy, and we can evaluate the hardware for possible repair.
Senior Technology Advisor
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