View Full Version : Should I Be Concerned about Smoke Damage?

Dec 12, 2004, 06:43 PM
I am planning on using my PowerBook on stage for live performances with our band. We want to use GarageBand for some drum loops, and pre-recorded bass lines as well. Is there any reason for me to be concerned with damaging the computer due to being in a smokey bar?
If so, are there ways to pretect it?

15" PowerBookG4 1.25

Dec 12, 2004, 07:05 PM
You may get permanent discoloration of the case and LCD screen, though the internals should be fine. I guess it's possible that the optical drive laser could get dirty too. Depending on how smokey it is it might be months before anything noticeable happened.

Dec 12, 2004, 07:19 PM
Move to CT...

No smoking in resturants or bars

Dec 12, 2004, 11:54 PM
It depends on how close you are too the smoke and how long and often the computer is exposed to it. I work at a computer store and I've seen many a computer that was fried after staying in a house with a smoker. Not only does the tar gunk up the fans, but it is conductive and can eventually short out components.

Dec 13, 2004, 01:57 AM
If you are in a smoky bar often enough to cause real damage, odds are you are making enough money to take the risk. If I were you, I would be more worried about accidental damage from drunk audience (or band) members.

Dec 13, 2004, 05:27 PM
Yeah, tar and the rest of the stuff in smoke is bad for a computer, but not that bad, or nobody who smoked could ever own one and have it last more than a few days. A few hours in a bar, no matter how smoky, shouldn't make any noticable difference other than that it might smell funky for a little while afterward.

Dec 13, 2004, 06:45 PM