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How does smoking disable a Laptop?

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Should make you think about the dangers of second-hand smoke. But the big problem with smoking and PCs (from the PCs I've seen), is that the tar is sticky. That shouldn't be a surprise. And laptops run hotter than desktops, due to all the components being packed in tighter. So there's more air being pulled in (and therefore more smoke/tar). And with those small clearances, the dust piles up on the sticky tar and causes local overheating, and in some cases even short-circuiting.