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    Hi all,

    I plan to be moving North of the border (Canada north of Maine!) with in the next year or two so I am trying to think of ways to install my Carpc knowing that the cold weather (-40f at times) will have an affect on the HDD and LCD screen.

    I am wondering if anyone has ever constructed a quick release LCD Panel, sort of the same concept of the XM Delphi and Boombox. Push on the top of the LCD and it opens like a cassette tape door and the LCD screen can be slid out. I imagine some wiring for a connector would need to be done, which is doable I'm sure.

    The other idea I believe others have been doing already is making my HDD slot loaded so I can remove it at night or whenever I want. This should be easy to accomplish.

    Has anyone done something similar with an LCD?

    I also plan to keep my headunit but move it to the armrest where if the weather is too cold to operate the PC I can still at least listen to music via the headunit.

    Thx,
    Chuckster

  • #3
    Originally posted by Enforcer
    No one 'Plans' to move north of the border, surely?
    That's funny. My wife is Canadian and she has lived stateside for many years. She misses home and I'm up for the change. So I guess we are the only people who 'Plan' for a move like this

    I currently live in MA and I know that the winter months are very much cooler and the winters are longer. Just trying to prepare for it.

    I know a dedicated CarPC may not be the best option when I enter my car while it's -40F outside. I can't expect my LCD to be functioning properly so I plan to leave my headunit installed someplace. I will just use the headunit as my amplifier and passthrough for my CarPC as many people appear to be doing.

    Just thought I can minimize the affect that the cold weather will have if I can easily remove it when I'm not in the vehicle. I have a couple ideas on how to do this, just wondering if anyone else has done so.

    Thanks for the response.

    Chuckster

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    • #4
      Well for the HDD you can go with a hotswap case.as for the lcd you might have to build that on your own.
      2-15" ILO lcd w/DVI
      6800 gt Duel DVI out
      p4 1.6ghz flex atx board
      1gb 400 ram
      120gb(2-60gb raid) sata hd
      2-60gb hotswap
      WIN2K Pro SP2
      M.A.M.E. w/2,300 games
      CARPuter info

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      • #5
        Storage at colder temperature is actually better for the electronics. In fact, no microchip is scared of the cold. only mobile parts and fluids are wrong (read LCDs liquid crystals and HDDs stepmotor). But if you let the machine heat up its not bad.

        Where will you be staying? You know, Canada is a huge country!
        generally there are just a few days where its really cold, the rest of the time its mainly windchill but the puter is not exposed to wind.

        Mainly cold affect the puter this way: LCD slower to react, HDD don't boot up the first time but boots after a few minutes. Of course, using any of those at colder temp will reduce its life expectancy.


        This said, I plan on using a kiosk PC with some connections so its fully hotswappable
        but that's me - I want to use it as media device in my home and have less problem to install new soft and MP3s...

        If you are not scared of heat, you shouldn't be scared of cold.
        -Mars

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        • #6
          Originally posted by Marsupial
          Where will you be staying? You know, Canada is a huge country!
          I will be on the border of Province of Quebec and Province of New Brunswick. We found a place on the lake up there and it is still close enough to the U.S. border where I can continue working in the U.S. if I want.

          In regards to the HDD I'm thinking of maybe even using the Hitachi Endurastar which is geared toward the automotive industry ( Endurastar ).

          CHUPACABRA I believe your right I will have to build myself quick disconnect functionality for the LCD. I can't find anything on the net in regards to it so I will build it.

          Thanks for your responses.

          Chuckster

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          • #7
            Chuck if you find somewhere to buy the endurastar, tell me where... I changed my mind about getting one since I never found any. This said, where is that borderial place you are talking about? Pohenegamouk? I have travelled among Chaudière-Apallaches a bit, you know...
            The weather out there is not the best one, but its not humid.. It will be worst on the equipment then on yourself. As a carputer builder, I don't know if this is a good or bad thing


            Anyway, as I said, a LCD below freezing point will still work, but the reaction time is slower (ghostly image until it heats up) and the life expectancy is reduced.
            I believe the lilliput have lower storing and operating temp then xenarc - yet this is an unconfirmed info.
            -Mars

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            • #8
              does just storing an lcd in that temp reduce the life or do you have to be actually using it for it to be hurt, cause if you just remote start your car let everything heat up it should be all ready when you get there??

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              • #9
                using it - I guess it kind of damage the liquid crystal.

                I know the CCFL backlight will have its half life reduced so you will loose brightness faster if you use it at extreme temp.


                storing the device at cooler temp should not be of any problem.
                -Mars

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                • #10
                  I've got my Xenarc in the dash and pc with laptop drive under the seat. I live in Ottawa, Ontario(that's Canada's capital for you yanks ) and this is going to be my 1st winter with the system in the car. I'll be posting good(hopefully) or bad news in the next coming months.

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                  • #11
                    You could always get a low wattage heating unit. The same idea that they use to keep intakes warm, yanno you plug in your car when you get home? Alot of trucks have that feature, wouldnt be TOO difficult to add.
                    "stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
                    RevFE
                    My Shop

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                    • #12
                      Malcom... the block heater in facts only heats the engin, not the carputer.
                      Or course there are more changes the car would start, but yet again, the puter is not warmer.
                      -Mars

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                      • #13
                        I know, I'm saying run a line off of that to a heater element inside the computer case an lcd casing. So it turns on when you have it plugged in.
                        "stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
                        RevFE
                        My Shop

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                        • #14
                          Oh, a carputer heater plugged with the block heater... Could be a nice addition!
                          -Mars

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