Temperature and Humidity!!
I live in Quebec, Canada and anyone who lives here nows that we experience the whole spectrum when it comes to weather (-25 celcius to 35 celcius). Now my question is should I be worrying about things like condensation on the cpu (its a k62 550.. gets hot) and plug-in cards? How do I go about avoiding it? Should I worry about frozen components!?
I live in London, Ontario. I have run my player since Jan. and never had any problems with the cold. However, I did loose my hard drive about three weeks ago. I attribute this failure to a manufacturing defect, not abuse. My drive is well suspended, and it spontaiously (sp?) crashed at a stop sign.
Anyway, I would worry about heat more than anything else. In the summer the drive can get VERY hot in a closed car sitting out in the sun. Best to open the windows or run the A/C for a little while before you switch on the player.
Player: Pentium 166MMX, Amptron 598LMR MB w/onboard Sound, Video, LAN, 10.2 Gig Fujitsu Laptop HD, Arise 865 DC-DC Converter, Lexan Case, Custom Software w/Voice Interface, MS Access Based Playlists
Car: 1986 Mazda RX-7 Turbo (highly modded), 1978 RX-7 Beater (Dead, parting out), 2001 Honda Insight
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