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    Does The Cold Affect System?

    hi people, i have my system installed for a couple of months now. and its been working fine (besides the point that my hard drive crashed, but its just easy replacement so no worries) anyway, my problems are starting now.... just yesterday my carputer started to restart on its own... it would do it over and over again. plus my touchscreen isnt working also. i was thinking the computer had a problem so i took it out and ran it at home and it works flawlessly. i was wondering since weather is getting chilly over here (35F) i was thinking this may be causing it. btw, my ITPS is exposed and not inside my case. its actually mounted to my trunk. does the cold affect this? if not... whats may be causing my problems?

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    Check the manufactures operating specs on the LCD and the hard drive. I know the LCD's have issues in extreme cold but I would bet the hard drive was the cause since it was only down to 35 F.

    I would also bypass the ITPS for testing purpose if it happens again. Could be something simple like the cold HD demanding too many amps to spin up and the ITPS voltage regulator peaking out. I have seen the same thing while testing with a questionable 3.5 hard drive, CD and a floppy drive all powered through the ITPS. I bypassed the ITPS and stopped it.

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    I have a CRT monter that has trouble starting up in the cold, and the picture is a little dark for a while (most likely due to less pressure in the tube). I know motherboards and processors can opperate at cold tempatures, but i am a little worried about my hard drive. (I think most Rf hardware wont function past freezing.) Does anyone know the limites of hard drive tempatures? In my area it could get well below freezing. Thanks.
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    It was 20F when i left for work this morning, and this drive to work was the best that the carputer has worked in weeks Hard drive is mounted vertically on my sub box in the trunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trebuchetguy
    (most likely due to less pressure in the tube)

    correct me if I'm wrong because I'm not an expert on everything (don't let my girlfriend know) but i wouldn't think this would be because of low pressure in the tube. in general cold air would be causing higher pressure wouldn't it? that and aren't crt tubes vacuums for the most part?
    don't worry i know i usually don't make much sense

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    Is it mounted in the trunk? Are you booting up after the car warms up?

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    Sounds like a power issue to me with your computer reseting.
    Don't know about your screen.
    Been in the 20s all week and my HD hasn't had a single problem.
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    This is why I keep thinking I should keep my headunit (and mp3 filled cd's) or keep my car dock for my sirius radio in my car...

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    Quote Originally Posted by khemical
    This is why I keep thinking I should keep my headunit (and mp3 filled cd's) or keep my car dock for my sirius radio in my car...

    steve
    Why? Because of the cold?
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