UV-light = danger?
Is ultra violet light dangerous to the computer?
I believe that some oldr EPROMs were made to be erased with UV light. The Ozone generated by a UV light might degrade foam and rubber seals and parts on disk drives and cd rom's. I think that I would be a little leery of exposing the internals of my system to lots of UV light.
there is more of a danger to you, than to your pc.
I saw this question at Kylning.com forum (Swedish) and got curious.
I know that they use UV-light to manufacture processors and such, but not if the componets are still vulnerable when process is done.
[This message has been edited by Strip (edited 12-01-2000).]
The old EEPROM's that can be erased with UV have a little "window" on the top of them...I always thought they were neat. But other than those I don't think UV will do anything.
I read a couple months ago about this danger.
I think I found it while researching the current Solar Flares and related hazards.
One article said not to let memory chips be exposed to florescent light or to sunlight.
The UV in both can damage them.
I would guess this would also relate to any semiconductor type electronics.
To be safe, store all unused hardware in antistatic wrap in METAL containers.
The metal would ward off the emissions from solar flares such as magnetic and cosmic radiation.
A good read on the manufacture of cpu's [including photolithography and the uv light] is here:
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