Is this safe?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by r1400sch, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. r1400sch macrumors member

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    I currently have an old powerbook and like to keep a piece of cloth (the stuff you use to clean glasses) between the keyboard and the screen so the keys dont mess up the screen. But a friend recently said it was actually not the best idea because of like fire hazards or somethin. Is there any truth in that? Or is it just a myth?
     
  2. scott85213 macrumors member

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    I would assume it's safe, as a few people have said they have been using the styrofoam thing that came with their macbooks, and I would assume it wouldn't be any different for the powerbooks.
     
  3. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

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    In theory, it could cause a buildup of static electricity...
     
  4. emw macrumors G4

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    If your PB gets hot enough to light a piece of cloth on fire, you've got other problems.
     
  5. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    Depend on what the material is, it might not take much to light something in that situation.

    Just make sure you open the lid once in a while, and open the lid up when you do intensive stuff. You'll probably be fine.
     
  6. Dustman macrumors 65816

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    unless your powerbook is video editing while its asleep, id say your fine.
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    don't run it in clamshell mode with the cloth there, but other than that you should be fine.
     
  8. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    i've been running my PB 1.5GHz 15inch for years with closed lid and a iskin silicone keyboard protector. the PB is not cooled through the keyboard so there is no problem. the PB electronics dies long before a cloth starts to burn anyway. there was even a company selling some fabric to keep the screen clear from the keyboard when closed.

    if there was a serious heat built up maybe my silicone keyboard protector would survive that but certainly not the screen. since my screen is fine i never had too much heat built up when operating my PB closed.
     
  9. emw macrumors G4

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    My point is that the cloth is unlikely to actually catch fire unless the PB is already burning or at such a high temperature that it would melt.

    Most oven mitts and potholders are made of cloth, yet don't flame up when you pick up a hot pan of cookies, which I think you'd agree is warmer than an average PowerBook. Unless, of course, you stick the mitt into the open burner flame.

    Damn, now I want chocolate chip cookies.
     

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