Transporting computers in cold weather

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We have Hp Netbooks at our school and the tech people will not allow the computer carts (each holds 25 netbookc) to travel about 150 feet across a paved parking lot in the winter (we are in Iowa)because they feel the 60 seconds they are outside will damage the computers. We feel this is not true as we carry our labtops outside between the buildings and have no problems. I am looking for a specific answer to provide the tech people and administration to tell them that the computers will not be damaged by this 60 second trip between buildings. They like to call it "Cold Shock" and say they can not travel between buildings. One note next year we are purchasing 270 computers for the Jr and Sr classes to begin a 1 to 1 program where all students will be given thier won computer to use 24-7. They say when that happens the computers will be fine to travel outside. Can the computers safely be transported 150 feet in cold weather in an encloed cart? Thanks for your help

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I am in Des Moines Iowa and almost all employess take their PC home with them every night. We have a large parking lot and it can take well over 60 seconds to go to our cars from the building. It is interesting that next year it is OK but this year it is not. I would ask them what is the difference. Are the PCs just laying on a shelf in the computer cart or are they each enclosed in something. That may be their concern. If so, get some old blankts or quilts to wrap them in while they are on the carts.

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  • Spadasoe
    I too am in Iowa and have had no issues. My best advice is to let the hardware warm up inside for 10 minutes before powering up. This should appease the IT people at your school. Also check the laptop manufacturer's web site and send a support query to them regarding this. Then take the reply to your IT group.
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