What temp can a computer stand if turned off?

August 31, 2010 at 10:25:42
Specs: Windows XP, 2 gb
I have a bed bug problem (ick), and part of this problem is that bedbugs can sometimes harbor in electronics (they like the heat).

I have a device called a PackTite, essentially a large canvas box which is designed to heat up objects to 120 degrees F for an hour (the temperature necessary to kill all stages of bed bugs).

I want to put my computer tower in there for an hour to completely kill of any bed bugs or bed bug eggs living inside the tower. Will the computer be able to withstand these temperatures ranging from 100 degrees F to 130 degrees F over a 2 hour time span? (average temp = 120 degrees F).

If not, which components will not hold up?

Also, what about an LCD monitor?


Thanks for the help!


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#1
August 31, 2010 at 10:58:52
I could see two possible problems: The little drive belts in your CD/DVD devices may dry out. If possible you might try removing those drives first. Also, at a sustained high temperature you might warp some of the cheap plastic.

I'm not sure about the LCD monitor.

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August 31, 2010 at 11:18:30
I don't know if I would recommend this at all; seems like there are way too many things you can't account for that the heat could damage.

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August 31, 2010 at 11:59:02
Doesn't the temperature in a computer regularly go to 50 degrees celsius? (122 degrees F) Or is that just the CPU?

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#4
September 1, 2010 at 05:08:03
Thats usually the CPU; I'm not sure what a normal ambient heat level is just inside the case, but I wouldn't guess anywhere near 125

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