Should I Be Concerned about Smoke Damage?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by rympy, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    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
  2. macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    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.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    Move to CT...

    No smoking in resturants or bars
  4. macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    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.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2004
    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.
  6. macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    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.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003

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