Solved! Does my laptop cause ozone?

TJ Hooker

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The only way your PC would produce ozone is if something is arcing (short circuiting), the PSU would probably be the most likely culprit if this was happening. But the only way anything in your PC or PSU is short circuiting is if it's malfunctioning, and if it were malfunctioning like that there would be other obvious signs.
 

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I could probably find "something online" that states your laptop is also in direct communication with the citizens of Proxima Centauri.
Or slowly draining your precious bodily fluids, from contact with the keyboard.

Don't believe everything you read. Your laptop is fine.

Here's a question: Do you also use a cellphone?
 

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What component actually produces it, is it the PSU?
 

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Heres what i found:
https://www.quora.com/Could-a-gaming-computer-create-ozone
 
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Electricity goes through wires. Electricity is hot. Wired get hot and melt, sometimes ozone is a byproduct of the melting plastic.
 

KABAZZ_

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What about low concentrations i cannot smell?
 

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Heres what I found: https://www.quora.com/Could-a-gaming-computer-create-ozone
 
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Then there’s no problem.

It’s like oxygen, if there’s too little- you’ll notice it. If there’s too much, you maybe won’t. Ozone is the other way around. If there’s too much you’ll notice it, if there’s too little you won’t.
 

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I've never heard of melting plastic producing ozone.

@KABAZZ_ did you actually read that quora article? The only way your computer is producing ozone is if it's repeatedly arcing, and if that was happening your PC would have died or burst into flame by now.

Why exactly are you worried about this?
 

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I'm worried about the cancer risks.
- https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg14619790-300-ozone-alert-follows-cancer-warning/
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10630568
- https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.highlight/abstract/2314
 
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Different types of plastic when concentrated and heated can react and produce another chemical. Ozone is unstable triatomic oxygen, so when the chemicals from the heated plastic are released, they can bond with the oxygen to make ozone.

You’re right. If it’s not melting or on fire then there’s no issue,
 

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I'm worried about the cancer risks.
- https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg14619790-300-ozone-alert-follows-cancer-warning/
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10630568
- https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.highlight/abstract/2314
 

TJ Hooker

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Do you have any reason to suspect that your laptop, or anything else in your house, is producing dangerous levels of ozone?

There are a million things that can cause cancer. Hell, the sun can cause cancer.
 

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Im at my laptop most of the day in the holidays catching up on holiday homework or just playing games. My room window is broken so i cant open it. so theres not much air flow
 

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Is it the psu that makes ozone, like the thing said or is it the actual pc itself? Because if its the pc, it doesn't have a way for fumes to escape so I would be fine?
 

TJ Hooker

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The only way your PC would produce ozone is if something is arcing (short circuiting), the PSU would probably be the most likely culprit if this was happening. But the only way anything in your PC or PSU is short circuiting is if it's malfunctioning, and if it were malfunctioning like that there would be other obvious signs.
 
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