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    Diy automatic heating pad

    my motherboard doesnt like cold weather. its not terrible, but anything around 40 and lower it just wont boot right away. its just about a 5min wait before it fires up, even when its -5F outside, so its not a big deal really. but if i can make the enviroment nicer for the hardware, why not.

    bought this at menards for $15- http://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-S483...0472385&sr=8-4



    and this from amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Kats-24025-Wat...=pd_sim_auto_7



    not much to do for installation, its all plug n play. the mainboard sits vertically, so ill just put this strip pad on the bottom and it should keep everything warm while my truck is plugged in at night (http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/powe...who-knows.html). of course, if you dont already plug your car in everyday this isnt very practical... but i have found the onboard battery charger to be an awesome way to make a lot of things a lot easier. i actually like pluggin in my truck now because i know it will keep things in good shape.

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    damn it gets hot. u cant hold ur hand on it.... hope it wont burn my car down.... i cant imagine what the 60w is like, im scared to plug it in haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    damn it gets hot. u cant hold ur hand on it.... hope it wont burn my car down.... i cant imagine what the 60w is like, im scared to plug it in haha

    I suggest you not use this to fix your cold temp issue....

    Cheaper/safer in the long run to find hardware that handle the temps you get in the winter... many of us have off the shelf solutions working into single digit temps (7F off the top of my head) that is without any special heating solutions or solid state drives.

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    definitely not cheaper to buy high end hardware, this is a $35 solution. im not worried, i cant imagine its capable of starting itself on fire, its designed to stick to batteries and oil pans... i think i will get a larger piece of metal to attach it to though, it seems like its designed to have the heat pulled away from it. one thing i did not see is a UL listing, maybe its on the box though, ill have to look.

    my other option is a pet lizard heat rock... im sure that would even work. they only heat to around 100degF too, probably would be a safer route to go.

    actually, i could attach a couple computer heatsinks to this, and run a small fan on it... that would be a tiny little 25w space heater then. i like that idea, although it probably wouldnt draw any more power to just leave the entire pc on while it has a/c power connected... decisions decisions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    definitely not cheaper to buy high end hardware, this is a $35 solution. im not worried, i cant imagine its capable of starting itself on fire, its designed to stick to batteries and oil pans... i think i will get a larger piece of metal to attach it to though, it seems like its designed to have the heat pulled away from it. one thing i did not see is a UL listing, maybe its on the box though, ill have to look.

    my other option is a pet lizard heat rock... im sure that would even work. they only heat to around 100degF too, probably would be a safer route to go.

    actually, i could attach a couple computer heatsinks to this, and run a small fan on it... that would be a tiny little 25w space heater then. i like that idea, although it probably wouldnt draw any more power to just leave the entire pc on while it has a/c power connected... decisions decisions...

    To be clear, at no point did I say 'high end hardware'. For example, MB and CPU less than $70. http://hypermicro.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=MBIN747BLA

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    i have an intel boxdg41ty, and im not buying a ssd drive yet. im not sure what much you can do when lows at night are around -10, the damn truck doesnt even like to start. this is only 25w were talking about, its really a negligible amount of power and should prolong the life of my harddrive and other components.

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    So basically you can only use it when the car is plugged in? Doesnt seem very practical...what about when you go to work/school/mall and have to leave the car for a while?

    I think you should just rebuild using components that will handle the cold better. It'll cost money, but that's the only real solution. All these little things you tweak around with (heating pad, heaters, etc) will add up in cost and in the future you might decide to rebuild it properly anyways. Try to figure out if its the motherboard or the hard drive that's at fault and start from there.

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    if i leave the car without it plugged in it takes 5min before the computer will start. its not like the cabin has to warm up though, the motherboard just needs to be powered on for a few minutes and once the chips heat up its fine. its no big deal, but i plug my car in every night to keep the battery from draining so i figure this is a cheap easy way to keep the worst stress off my parts.

    i think i will go with a pet heat rock, it makes more sense in this application. the winter watchman thermostat plug works well, i have a feeling ill use this stick pad heater on my oil pan or the bottom of my battery box. even with both heaters on it wont consume more then 50w.

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    i ended up buying one of these- http://www.blackjungle.com/Merchant2...tegory_Code=TH


    got it at the local pet store for $20.

    the smallest pad is only 8w... and its all thermo controlled and should be very safe (its made for pets anyway...). i didnt intstall the thermostat i bought, i really dont need it as the pad never gets real hot anyway. my only worry is that it wont get warm enough to keep the whole motherboard warm, but its on now and ill try firing it up in a half hour from my remote starter. if im able to vnc into my truckpc without having to warm up the engine first, itll all be worth it.

    to install, it was nothing more then sliding the pad underneath the mainboard and screwing the board back down to the mounts. the pad is just a little smaller then the mATX form factor, so its perfect. i didnt even peel off the adhesive film and stick it on anything like you are supposed to. after leaving it running on my couch for hours last night i concluded this thing will never get too hot to worry about anything.

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    Is that hooked to an inverter? I know you have a lot of power, but was thinking it might be more automatic if you connected it to the AC going to the charger so it's only on when the truck is at home charging. Also, 8W at 120V is 1800 ohms, so let's see that's around 0.1W at 14V DC so it would be a little more efficient running off the car battery, but then it could be accidentally left on.

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