+ 2 Votes Magic Smoke oldbaritone 3 years ago How does smoking disable a Laptop? It's a complex, highly technical answer, but essentially it's this: At the factory, they seal "Magic Smoke" inside of all the chips in the computer. The "Magic Smoke" makes the chips work. If you do something to "Smoke" the laptop, and the "Magic Smoke" leaks out of the chips, they don't work any more. Once the laptop "smokes", it's in bad shape. ;-) As far as cigarette/tobacco smoke goes, it's really nasty stuff. Take a puff and **** it through a cotton ball, and see how much gunk is there from just one puff. When the cooling fans suck it into the computer, it sticks to everything, then dust sticks to the smoke residue, then more smoke sticks to the dust, and so on. The buildup of residue blocks air flow and cooling, then things run hotter. It also gets into contacts and switches, making them less reliable. Sooner or later, there's enough gunk to cause major problems. As for the warranty, since you've been through it "with a magnifying glass", maybe you could bring the agreement, ask for the store manager, and say "please show me where this warranty says that smoke isn't covered. If it's there, I can't find it, and if it's not excluded, I expect a replacement machine under the extended warranty you sold me. I was a smoker when you sold me the warranty, so in my house smoke is part of 'normal wear and tear'. If the warranty was already void because I smoke, why did you sell it to me?" You may not be successful, but it's worth a try. And if you look around for a sign or poster, or you can just ask, get the name of the District and Regional managers and escalate the complaint to them if the store manager doesn't help. And you could also write a letter to the company's home office in Arkansas. Also, check the fine print in the warranty and see if it's actually an insurance policy against damage. In many states, that's really what it is, and you can contact your state's insurance regulators with your complaint, as well as the attorney general. + 1 Votes Smoke gets in your fans KingDWS 3 years ago The tar and oils collect on the cooling system mainly. You get the same effect if you use it near a kitchen from cooking oils or someone in your house is a user of perfumes - base oils. It's made worse by gas heating or living in a dusty area or if you have pets. The oils get sucked in and collect, the dust/pollen/etc stick to the oil and create a very nice insulating sludge layer. Thinks heat up and yes eventually the smoke gets let out of the chips. Usually they just slow down trying to protect themselves or get nice and wonky. There are some brands worse than others due to the design of the cooling systems but all of them suffer from this. If you clean them out about all you see is a small puff of dust (and maybe lint/hair) thats all it takes to overheat and cause damage. To put this in a smokers perspective take a drag and exhale. The amount of smoke you see is about 3-4 times the amount that is doing the damage. That is how little smoke/dust it takes. I doubt the acids in the tars or oils had time to really do anything. If you are lucky you should be able to get a tech to clean out the cooling system ($40+) and it will run normally again. If this is bad enough there will be cpu damage but that's usually the extent of it. It's just a overheat situation. + 0 Votes use to be a HP tech ace003 3 years ago You will find it is mentioned in the warranty. Extreme environmental conditions covers excessive smoke damage to laptops. It is also a hazard to the technician, if a technician had to work on multiple machines like this a day they would expect to have lung cancer by the time they are 50. Even without the environmental issues clause its well within the rights of a technician to refuse to work on a hazardous machine. + 0 Votes Smoke gets in your fans WyattWells 1 year ago For smoke in your fan clean it every day or stick paper on plates of your fan , so it will not get dirty and you can change it everyday. + 1 Votes All of the smoker rhetoric aside... SmartAceW0LF 1 year ago ronald, NEVER, EVER purchase a third party warranty on ANYTHING. I work with these computers daily and have a couple of points to express regarding all of this. Sams warranty service is absolute junk! I have never once heard of a single client getting them to honor their warranty on any system in my 7+ years in this business. Long story short, if it was old enough that you are beyond the point of being able to return it to Sams for a refund or exchange, you will get the same story in a different flavor. I know this to be true as I have repaired many of the computers they have sent back to the client with some ludicrous excuse as to why they will not repair it. Water damage is their favorite. Aside from Sams sorry warranty service, this particular model of laptop is rife with problems even if it were operated solely within a "clean room" throughout its history. While all of the posts thus far have their merit, I have my doubts here due to past experience. At any rate, it is still time to purchase another computer. I would not recommend HP either. However, no matter which manufacturer you elect to go with, if you desire extended warranty, get it from the manufacturer. I repeat do NOT purchase extended warranty from ANY retailer. Be it Sams, Best Buy, Office Depot, or any of the other infinite possibilities. In my experience regarding laptops and the customer service of the manufacturers, I would recommend Lenovo, or ASUS at this point in time. The preference changes with time. This preference assumes of course that you wish to remain with a Windows system. + 0 Votes Fan-cooled Notebook PCs are particle traps yonian 1 year ago If a fan is running very much of the time, particles in the air will come to be concentrated in the cooling pathways. If you have Radon in your house you might be surprised to find how strongly a Geiger counter responds to it. After Ireland banned smoking in pubs ten years ago, musical instrument repair shops found that their business fell off sharply because instruments didn't get contaminated as much. Cigarette smoke is much more harmful to all sorts of things than most smokers realize. That's not a moral judgment, it's an observable fact. + 0 Votes For what it's worth... jqbecker 1 year ago RonaldV73: I have been independent computer tech for 11+ years, worked on a lot of Dell and HP. Not only does smoking kill PC's, so does candle soot. One client is a Yankee Candle reseller, she has them lit in her shop 12 hrs/day. Her machines seldom last more than 3 years. Soot buildup on everything: fans, hard disk, air intake, you name it. Now consider that the fans pull a lot of dust an lint along with the soot, and you have the perfect recipie for clogging up everything. Gross to work on, my hands are full of black soot, worse than laser toner spills. + 1 Votes KEVIN::: mjd420nova 1 year ago While the spatula works well if enough heat is applied, a small needle point 23 watt has resurrected many left for dead. Some I've looked at because the wave solder didn't do a complete job and fractured when overheated. Now, the tar from cigarettes compounds dust, the fan and heatsink develop "feathers" that disrupt the action of the blades to move air and insulate the heatsink fins. Short of mounting an external filter and closing off any other vent points, yearly cleaning will keep things from getting out of hand.