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    Laptop failed (could be cold related)

    Ok guys, I have a lot of components in my carpc. Everything has been working flawless I think the coldest I have seen is about -6 Celsius and everything ran beautiful. Until yesterday I get in the car and its -14 Celsius which is 6.8 F for the Americans. I am located in Toronto, Ontario. This is the coldest I have seen this year. The carpc did not boot right away so I disabled my Carnetix with a switch. After about 20min of driving I got to my destination and tried to boot by starting up the Carnetix again. Everything ran fine. I assume it had time to warm up. Now today was maybe -10 Celsius when I started the car and it did not boot. Tried many times and nothing. I can see that the Carnetix is booting up and working as it should. So right now I have everything pulled out of the car. Didn't take long. I plugged in the laptop with an AC charger and the laptop is showing the charging indicator. It will run with or without battery by the way. But if I press the power switch on the laptop there is zero response. No fans, lights or beeps, nothing. So far all i have done is pulled off parts of the laptop to physically press the power switch on the motherboard to make sure I am actually pressing it. Right now I have zero clue where to begin with this. I know I need to let it warm up to room temperature so I was thinking wait until tomorrow to play around with it. But does anyone have any ideas. It ran beautiful before hand. I've never had any type of issue like this. It's my first winter for a carpc. Laptop is an Acer Aspire 5050. It's a bit older. Any ideas? I know a few people here might remember me. Thanks guys.

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    Could this be due to condensation with it heating up and cooling down so fast?

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    you think a short could have caused it?

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    Could be a lot of things. Heating and cooling could also cause the circuit board to flex and disrupt something there.

    It could be something as simple as a bad charging circuit not getting any power to the board.


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    Having taken a laptop camping before, with the temps swinging from around freezing at night to 80F in the day, it is very easy to get condensation on a laptop. When you pulled your setup out of the car did you find any moisture (or ice)? Dose your car seem to have any issues with frost forming on the inside of the windows, that is a good indicator that you have moisture in the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyRacer0013 View Post
    Having taken a laptop camping before, with the temps swinging from around freezing at night to 80F in the day, it is very easy to get condensation on a laptop. When you pulled your setup out of the car did you find any moisture (or ice)? Dose your car seem to have any issues with frost forming on the inside of the windows, that is a good indicator that you have moisture in the car.
    My car is a new dodge charger 2010, i've never seen moisture inside and the laptop is in the trunk so it doesn't have the temperature change with the interior of the car. and in the trunk it is in the back against the seat and cover with a fake trunk wall. so it is well protected. it's just strange to see it happen so sudden.

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    Talking to a guy with a Comaq Presario C500 for $70. Battery is dead, but I won't need one with my Carnetix. What do you guys think? quick easy fix?

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