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Do flat/LCD monitors freeze? (from the cold)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by starchild, Jan 29, 2005.

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  1. starchild

    starchild Thread Starter

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    I know it's computers that freeze, NOT from the cold.

    My daughter wants to get a flat screen monitor and someone told her it's too cold here (in VT) to use them. That they don't work good in cold weather and actually freeze if it gets too cold.

    This is a person who works on computers, who said this.

    I don't think anyone's house gets so cold that a LCD display might freeze- maybe they don't work good if they've been stored in a cold place? But then they would warm up? Would cold be bad for them?

    I was wondering if there's any truth to this. I looked on google and in adds/reviews for them. I found one that said the person needed one that would work in -45 degree weather. It gets cold here (Vermont) but not even close to that in the house.

    My camera has a LCD view screen and I've taken pictures with it outside when it's below zero. The batteries stop working at some point.

    I've been told with computers there's no such thing as stupid questions (LOL)

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  2. Saga Lout

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    Quite right 0- there are no stupid
     
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    Quite right - there are no stupid questions - see the Forum Motto above.

    I've never heard of anyone having problems like this. My office faces east across the valley and the monitor sits in front of a six feet square window. The heating knocks off when I do and the monitor remains on all night. Never had the slightest suggestion of it even shivering when I open up in the morning and it must be close to freezing point in here some nights.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    If you allow the temperature to fall below around 0F, you may have a problem with an LCD panel, but not at any temperatures that people would care to live in. :) The liquid part freezes at something like -15-20F, depending on the specific panel. One effect at cold temperatures that's pretty amusing is the response time goes way up, you can get some interesting displays at cold temperatures. :D
     
  5. starchild

    starchild Thread Starter

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    Thanks!

    Maybe the question of them freezing refers to laptops that someone might be using outside (in Alaska?) Seems like at the point you'd need mittens, you wouldn't be able to type (LOL)

    Doesn't sound like it would permanently hurt them, (monitors) even if they were in the cold.

    I think if it did they wouldn't be able to ship them during winter and at cold times of the year.

    Now we know.

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