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    I live in sweden, and the winter here can be rather cold sometimes!
    What happens with the CP then?

    Do i need to build in a heater in the CP box?
    What about the condensation in the box?

    Does someone else live in a cold climate like ours, have u had any problems?

    //Peter

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    Believe me, ur cpu will love it. Recall that it is better to keep the cpu's cool. Now one other thing u should watch out for is moisture settleling in the box. Put one of those moisture absurbing things in ur box to help solve that problem.
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    • #3
      Just a suggestion, but search on the matter, we've had a few discussions on the weather and carpc's, and i think the last one hadn the exact same title even.
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      • #4
        Processors like the cold. This one runs at -10 degrees:

        http://www6.tomshardware.com/cpu/20021216/index.html

        I'd be more worried about condensation and cold with the drive though.


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        • #5
          This topic has been beat to death in other threads any search for cold or temp will bring them up.
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          • #6
            Re: carputers and cold weather?!

            Originally posted by mrzigzag

            Do i need to build in a heater in the CP box?
            //Peter

            NO!

            You may have a sluggish lcd in the cold I've heard though, but as soon as the car warms up you should be fine.
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            • #7
              if there was a problem with it running when its cold, everything would be just fine with its OFF. So worst case, you wait 10min while your car warms up to turns your **** on..

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              • #8
                well we had some really cold spells this winter and nothing complained. that is accept for the display which was just slow till the heat kicked on. Everything else likes the cold. Heat is your real enemy

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                • #9
                  You guys should also take into consideration that a pc component sitting at an extremely low temperature then being turned on and heating up extremely fast causes excess expansion and contraction eventually leading to microscopic cracking that could lead to system instability and ultimately failure.

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                  • #10
                    Hi mrzigzag, I live in Finland and we have at least 6 weeks of year temperature under -25C and 10 weeks under -5C so i really do know what you mean!
                    -5 is ok with 10 minutes driving before booting, -10 goes unless it isnīt over a week continuously. The problem in long term frost is that car doesnīt warm up unless you first drive at least an hour and even then the humidity inside the car can be hideous. The MB and CPU survives even -35C but the memory dimms will initially blow up. Also you will wreck your hdd if starting cold under -15C (liquid bearings). So i suggest that in cold weathers (the weathers that we call cold... ) it is better if you didntīt start the PC at all (last winter i broke 4 dimms of RAM and 3 HDDīs).

                    greetings from neighboring country,

                    /pete

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                    • #11
                      perhaps you can use some sort of heating pad to get things thawed out?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Peetu
                        Hi mrzigzag, I live in Finland and we have at least 6 weeks of year temperature under -25C and 10 weeks under -5C so i really do know what you mean!
                        -5 is ok with 10 minutes driving before booting, -10 goes unless it isnīt over a week continuously. The problem in long term frost is that car doesnīt warm up unless you first drive at least an hour and even then the humidity inside the car can be hideous. The MB and CPU survives even -35C but the memory dimms will initially blow up. Also you will wreck your hdd if starting cold under -15C (liquid bearings). So i suggest that in cold weathers (the weathers that we call cold... ) it is better if you didntīt start the PC at all (last winter i broke 4 dimms of RAM and 3 HDDīs).

                        greetings from neighboring country,

                        /pete
                        Its similarly cold here (Chicago, IL, USA), and I haven't blown anything up in the winter, but I did have problems with motherboards and the cold refusing to boot (as I've posted a number of times).
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                        • #13
                          You could place one of those internal space heater (blow dryers) things into your case, they draw minimal power so you could leave them running while out of your car for short times. Also, most people have them set up to run while your car is plugged in so your computer could always be nice and tosty at -30C.

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                          • #14
                            mp3dub,
                            Iīve never been in Chigago (i would want to if had a cange) but when checking from map the latitude in my backyard is 67;27,781 (150miles north from arctic circle) when it is 41;52,nnnn in Chigago (difference is about same as Chigago - Mediterriean). So i would dare to say that the weather conditions couldnīt be exactly at the same level, but maybe my description of the weather was little cursory. (-35C is -31F) We have approx 8 months of year snow on the ground... Of course if mrzigzag lives in southern Sweden, the weather might be rather like in Chigago.

                            Anyway i forgot to say at my last post that the placement of the CP is more than imortant. Last winter my CP was in the back trunk but i transferred it into passengers leg room so it stopped breaking apart but there were still few bluescreen problems. The kind of room heater that you leave on while youre not driving (works with gasoline or AC electricty) betters the situation enormously but when you cannot use it you might forget that it wasnīt on and accidentally boot your PC. After all the car is in deep frost half a year continuously.

                            I think that the condensation water freezes over the RAM and when it suddenly melts, it causes electricity leading ionization and ZAP- youīre gone.

                            /pete

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