Computer Won't Start in Cold Weather?

January 18, 2013

ComputerI would like to know, if the outside temperature has anything to do, with if my computer comes on or not? When it is less then 50 degrees my computer will not come on.


By Irma


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Computers actually thrive in cool dry environments. Heat is a computers worse enemy. And moisture to that and it has a chance of shorting out. Humidity builds inside on the circuits (they sweat) and that is when the damage happens.

As for why your PC isn't running when it is cold is a mystery to me. I have worked on PCs for over 20 years and this is the first time i have heard of this kind of problem.

Does the fan on the back of the PC start up when you hit the power?
If it does do you hear the hard drive spin as well?
If both of these things happen does the monitor have power? Have you tried the monitor on a different computer to make sure the monitor isn't the problem? If it is an older monitor the cold could affect it.


If you like you can send me a message thru Thrifty and I'll help you out with it if I can.

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