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    My M10000 and CF embedded OS setup booted no problem last winter on a -15F day. Took the media drive (3.5") a few minutes before the PC recognized it though.
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    whatever heater setup you might come up with, its probably going to draw more power then the pc itself. it would likely be best to figure out a battery system that is capable of running the pc for at least 48 hours at idle while engine not running. in other words, just use the pc as a heater.... or just have a a/c plug sticking out your bumper like most people do in cold climates, for battery or block heaters...

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    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    whatever heater setup you might come up with, its probably going to draw more power then the pc itself. it would likely be best to figure out a battery system that is capable of running the pc for at least 48 hours at idle while engine not running. in other words, just use the pc as a heater.... or just have a a/c plug sticking out your bumper like most people do in cold climates, for battery or block heaters...

    The best and most reliable answer is let the car and PC warm up, then start the PC. The car heater is a better answer than any solution an individual is likely going to come up with. Slowly warming the PC will limit damage as well.
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    Letting the PC warm up from the car's natural heat might work when it's only -10C, but as you start hitting lower temperatures it will take forever. Especially if your system is in the trunk like mine.

    The most reliable setup Ive tested is my current system. M2-ATX, Jetway J7F2WE2G (100% solid state capacitors), 80gb Seagate EE25 (extreme edition), and Lilliput EBY701. Not a single cold weather related issue so far, down to -30C. Hoping it'll get under -40C this winter, so I can test...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
    The best and most reliable answer is let the car and PC warm up, then start the PC. The car heater is a better answer than any solution an individual is likely going to come up with. Slowly warming the PC will limit damage as well.
    but if you have an intelligent power supply, its going to start the pc when the car starts....

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    My carpc is under the passenger seat, and when it hit 10F the other week it took about 15-20 minutes for the car to warm it up enough for the hard drive to be recognized. Maybe using a low power peltier directly on the center of the hard drive to keep the bearings warm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    but if you have an intelligent power supply, its going to start the pc when the car starts....
    unless u specifically included a switch in your set up that cuts off the 12v car on signal when u dont want it booting

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobb View Post
    Letting the PC warm up from the car's natural heat might work when it's only -10C, but as you start hitting lower temperatures it will take forever. Especially if your system is in the trunk like mine.

    The most reliable setup Ive tested is my current system. M2-ATX, Jetway J7F2WE2G (100% solid state capacitors), 80gb Seagate EE25 (extreme edition), and Lilliput EBY701. Not a single cold weather related issue so far, down to -30C. Hoping it'll get under -40C this winter, so I can test...

    Sure, but your set up is not really the topic of the thread... neither is mine. It does not require any heat to boot either.
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    i got a new setup, its now under the the seat, no problems jet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithoss View Post
    unless u specifically included a switch in your set up that cuts off the 12v car on signal when u dont want it booting
    how does that work with remote start? i guess it could still be done... more complicated though.

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