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Old 11-28-06, 09:52 PM
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Are bed vibrations bad for laptops?

I use my laptop mainly in bed. When I get on and off, the bed bounces. Is this bad for laptops or am I worrying for nothing?
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Old 11-28-06, 10:02 PM
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I can see this thread going in a different direction....

But no, I don't see a problem. Laptops are built to be moved around quite often and withstand a good amount of bumps and shakes, so it really shouldn't be a big deal.
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Old 11-28-06, 10:26 PM
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depends on your size and how firm the mattress is.

personally, i always have the laptop on a desk.
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Old 11-28-06, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by GatorDeb
When I get off, the bed bounces.


As long as the laptop doesn't bounce onto the floor.
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I wouldn't think the vibration would really transfer all the way through the mattress, but I'm sure there are some pretty powerful models out there.
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Old 11-28-06, 11:47 PM
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We're talking about vibrating mattresses, right?
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Old 11-29-06, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by bdshort
We're talking about vibrating mattresses, right?
No, just the normal bouncing of getting on and off the bed and moving in it.
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Old 11-29-06, 08:51 AM
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While difficult, I will attempt to give a straight answer to the question:

No, you should be fine with those sorts of minor vibrations. Think about how much more bouncing and bumping a laptop receives while you walk around the room with it on in your hand, or on in your bag (note, sleep mode is different here). The main issue with any sort of bump or bounce is damage to the hard drive. As long as this is a fairly modern laptop, it has a pretty good damping and suspension system as well as software built in to help with this (IBM has a nifty piece of sw and an accelerometer that will park the hard drive if it senses a sudden move!!)
More dangerous to your laptop on the bed would be overheating due to blocking the air vents. This is a serious issue that I have with my wife and her laptop. It tends to end up sitting on top of our feather comforter, and thus the bottom and side vents are blocked while the laptop is on....this leads the base of the laptop to heat up hot enough to fry eggs, or at least legs!
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it's only bad if you don't have good AV, spyware and other security software for websites you visit while in bed
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