Unexpected Question from a client...

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by Dave Hardenbrook, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. I got a question from a client that I had never considered before:
    She is going on a long trip and asked me, "What can I do to keep my
    computer from dying from lack of use?" My instinctive response was that
    there is no danger of this, but then I thought of the times clients had
    "bequeathed" me their old systems, which then lay around for months, and
    then when I used it to test a component or something, I found that the
    system had developed a bad IDE controller or some other issue.

    So I'm asking if there is a danger of a computer "rotting away" from
    long periods of non-use, and what can be done to prevent it?


    Dave Hardenbrook, Nov 30, 2007
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  2. Well, that's the thing -- This is my most "long distance" client who
    lives in a hut in a tropical third-world country where there's no
    central heating or A/C and humidity is a major issue. (Sorry -- I
    should have mentioned that in my initial post.)

    Dave Hardenbrook, Nov 30, 2007
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    JohnO Guest

    If you can get the PC to an air conditioned space, let it sit for a day or
    two. Pack it in a tightly sealed plastic bag but toss a handful of new or
    recharged dessicant packets in first. Then store it wherever. Otherwise,
    there probably is no good answer.

    -John O
    JohnO, Dec 1, 2007
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    Jonathan Guest

    I was thinking that if you could run a de-humidifier in the room. That
    might help. Humidity is the issue. But, John O has a good idea to.

    Jonathan, Dec 2, 2007
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