My Computer Dislikes Cold Weather

@GardenGerty (103874)
United States
January 20, 2016 9:54am CST
Or rather, my internet provider dislikes cold weather. When it was installed the technicians said they would have to come out to the main connections for the town and adjust for weather extremes. Hot and cold both tend to affect it. I know that I have had great connection lately until yesterday. Now my browser does not like to respond. : MyLot times out on me as well. I do not like it, but that is what it is. I have not been able to go in to our posts here, but it always will let me write. We have no snow here, but some slick sidewalks, porches and roads. I will get in and read and respond pretty soon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The real culprit uncovered
http://www.mylot.com/post/2884585/my-computer-dislikes-cold-weather In my previous post I thought the weather was affecting my computer. Nope. Someone was...
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@LadyDuck (181692)
• Switzerland
20 Jan 16
I do not have timeout errors, so I do not believe this comes from the site. I do not believe that the cold weather can affect the communication.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
20 Jan 16
Thanks, @LadyDuck . I know that the timeout errors are something on my end, even though this is the only site that gets them.
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@topffer (36344)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
20 Jan 16
Cabled connections can be affected by both very hot or very cold weather. A cable "lives", it retracts when the weather is cold and extends when it is hot. This creates problems at junctions of cables and worsen the communication.
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@LadyDuck (181692)
• Switzerland
20 Jan 16
@topffer As you correctly say "VERY" hot or cold, they are not at -30 Celsius like in Finland. We never had problem even with a temperature at -13.
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
Depending on the type of cables, they could become denser as the temperature falls which would increase impedance.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
20 Jan 16
I wish we still had best response. This sounds very much like what my technicians told me originally. Turns out, however, that I was being hacked.
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
@GardenGerty I am surprised that an engineer would be so honest.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
21 Jan 16
@Asylum The guys were not engineers, they were the ground crew so to speak. However, this is small town Kansas and people tend to be honest and down to earth.
• United States
20 Jan 16
That is very strange GG, I had never heard of internet being affected by weather unless a big snowstorm here.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
20 Jan 16
@Asylum explained it the way my technician did when he installed it. However it turns out I was under attack. Got rid of it.
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• United States
20 Jan 16
@GardenGerty Oh I see GG..glad you got rid of it then..scary.
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
21 Jan 16
@GardenGerty We have similar scams in England in which someone telephones claiming to be working for Microsoft.
@celticeagle (120368)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Jan 16
I read that already. Guess I am not reading them in sequence.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
21 Jan 16
I get out of order when people post related posts. It is easy to do.I felt it was easier to put up a separate post than to respond to each person here with a similar answer.
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@celticeagle (120368)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Jan 16
@GardenGerty ...I see your thinking.
@gr8nana6 (2189)
• United States
20 Jan 16
@GardenGerty I have not had problems with my internet because of the cold, but the other morning I was trying to weigh myself and the scale said it was low. Found out it was the cold that would let it work, since it is working fine now.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
21 Jan 16
Slow electrical current because of the cold I guess. Nothing much surprises me.
@topffer (36344)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
20 Jan 16
It is true that a cabled connection is affected by the weather. When it is very cold, it retracts a bit and the connection can be less good. The same very cold weather can kill a laptop if you turn it on outdoors.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
21 Jan 16
I had a laptop assassinated during a thunder snow storm. I think my house had a lightning strike. I seldom turn my laptop on outdoors. I always feel like the cold would stress it a lot. Now I have that supported by your statement.
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@MarymargII (10677)
• Toronto, Ontario
20 Jan 16
That's weird as i never heard of that before and it would be disappointing after wanting to get on and do what you want.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
20 Jan 16
@Asylum explains it better. However that was not the problem. I explain in another post.
@amnabas (10311)
• Karachi, Pakistan
20 Jan 16
It might be your Internet service provider.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
20 Jan 16
In this case my browser issues were due to a hacker.
@JESSY3236 (7496)
• United States
21 Jan 16
I'm glad you got it solved. My computer was running slow this morning. I think it was the cold weather. I was having timeouts alot on Microsoft Edge. I have moved to Firefox and it hasn't do it as much.
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
21 Jan 16
always a frustrating state of events