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    Any worry about heat in the car during Summer? Shock resistence as well

    I am about to install everything in the car, and the though crossed my mind about the heat here in Houston during the summer. Its real hot, up to 120 in the car when your not in it. I am installing everything in trunk. But even though when I am driving the car, the trunk will still be heated.

    One option I have is to reroute part of the AC system into the rear just keep it somewhat regulated. But I guess I will be running a massive amount of fans and cooling systems in bay. I plan on enclosing the computer part of the system, and I guess venting it into the interior of the car.

    Is making a vent system in the trunk floor an option, or is this something I don't have to worry about. I know I don't have to worry about amps down here, everyone has them without problems anytime of the year, but I figured the hard drive and motherboard were a little more sensitive. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Also, do know of any pictures or info on keeping everything shock resistent. I have thought about putting the hard drive and motherboard on a tray that is held up by suspension components from RC cars. Those little RC shocks work better then most car suspensions. But I also thought about wrapping in foam and then another softer compound like cotton.
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    Kenny
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    I wouldnt worry about shock too much, I enclosed my whole hard drive in foam. It looks 100% ghetto, but its hidden under the spare tire well. Eventually I will redo it to look good, but I havent had a single problem with shock. Heres a link to a bunch of pics. They are big so beware, http://fyredaug.wc3campaigns.com/carpc/ It's probably overdone and unnecesary but saskatchewan roads are horrible and its winter so the roads are extra bad with the rutts, I figured its better to be safe than sorry.

    About heat, I have AC and in saskatoon we get to about 100F in the summer, which is pretty hot, but not too bad, just leave your window open a crack when you leave it in the sun if you are worried about it. But I can almost guarantee you that you wont have any problems with heat, aslong as you have some good cooling back there while its running it will be fine.

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    i had a pc in my camry in houston for over a year and about 40k miles. the car was lowered with eibachs and KYB struts, and on 16" wheels. wasn't stiff enough to break your kidneys, but it handled great, and the girlfriend occasionally complained.

    that said, the only issues i had with it were my own fault - forgetting to turn off the dhcp client, leaving something unplugged, wiring that rubbed thru somewhere since i didn't route it very well or didn't tie it down... that sort of thing. i had the hdd (regular old 3.5" desktop drive, actually over 2 yrs old at the time, it was a maxtor 17gig drive) suspended in the center console by some springs i found at the hardware store. i had the bottom and sides of the console lined w/ some foam just in case it managed to hit them. did a surface scan of the hd after i took the pc out (sold the car) and found zero bad sectors.

    heat? yeah, it gets freakin hot here, esp if you dont have tinted windows or forget to pull the shade on the sunroof closed, or forget to put a sunshade in the windshield when parking outside. that said, my mobo was some old thing i'd had for ages... one of the first ones i ever saw with built in video and sound. to give you an idea of its age, the k6-200 cpu i had in it was the fastest proc that the board supported!!! still had to have a cpu fan tho. anyway, i did NOT have a case, and was running it with a 145w AT (not atx) desktop psu thru an inverter. the mainboard was on a metal backplane, bolted to the floor under the driver's seat, just above the heater duct with enough space so that if i was using the heater on the floor setting, the air wouldn't just be stopped there, it would keep going to the rear floor for passengers. from 110 degree days to 20 degree nights, i had absolutely zero issues with it. and no, i did not do anything special like running the a/c on the floor setting during the summer. i just got in , turned it up (the music) and drove.

    i'd post pics but my server is down at the moment... and i'm feeling lazy and not up to fixing it today. bleh. email me or something though... it'd be neat to work on another carputer project again. i'm kinda bummed on the miata carputer project right now since i have this grand plan about doing it, but i just want to do it once, not 43 revisions between now and final product, and i just can't afford to do that. know what i mean?
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    Thanks for the info, man Im glad to hear that. I plan on enclosing my HD in a balsa wood box lined with some padding used for making pillows and things like that. My harddrive adn MB are going in trunk thow, and I think the temperature is lower there during the summer. I am going to install one of these temperature guages in the trunk on the processor and on the HD, just to keep an eye on it. When I pulled the lining out of the trunk, I found that there was actually cool air being vented into the trunk on the rear left side because that is where a CD changer used to be. Man I couldn't believe it. After driving the car, I felt that side of the trunk and it was cool. I need to find out at what temperature, if there is any, that would keep me from starting everything up, or when damage starts. But I figure the processor gets hotter running then would ever get in the trunk, please it seems that noone else has any concern about the MB. If for some odd reason I come into alot of money, I am going to get one of those liquid cooling systems for the computer that runs while the car is off, provided it doesnt' draw too much power. I think they are like $80 bucks.
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    K
    Round VIII - [IIIIIIIIII] 30% Have some parts for 300zx Sema car I don't own yet. Will have 10.4" & 7" screen, and more then you can believe. Will add updates to cleancustoms.com, will be sweet. My car is still same, but might change.

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