It’s been VERY cold where I am (down to below 20 at night, though it’s getting warmer). The main living areas of my apartment are “served” by a “heater” that’s too small (bedroom is better), and too close to my desk, to really warm up the space properly. Thus, I never bother. That’s had the effect of plunging temps in my apartment (I don’t know how much - all I have is a meat thermometer, which I waved around in the air; it registered high 40’s).
This has brought up concern about my Macbook Pro, whose minimum operating temperature is 50 degrees F. I’ve read that using below that can cause lubrication in sensitive areas to stiffen, and thus cause damage. While I don’t know how cold it is where I use and store my laptop between uses (either asleep or shut off), I can say that a couple of times, immediately after power-up, the HD has been less than 50 degrees. (May have had something to do with recent minor problems: the battery not charging at first when plugged in, and a long pause between start button and startup chime.)
So does anyone have any thoughts on how I could keep my computer warm enough so I don’t have to spend an hour “thawing” it between uses? Or how to GET it warm to begin with, given the coldness of my apartment? Or how much damage I might’ve done so far?
Also, a general temperature question: suppose it’s 16 degrees F outside and 50 degrees inside. If, on another night, it’s 20 degrees outside, does that necessarily mean it must be 54 degrees inside?
Thanks in advance.