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    Well that's odd... I have a Seagate 80GB which (I'm pretty sure) has Fluid bearings and my comp has booted fine in temps as cold as -10F!

    I'm not absolutely certain mine has FDB because I don't want to run outside to check the model number. However, I checked their website and they only have one 80GB SATA HDD listed, so it's a pretty good bet.

    My aux fan screams like a newborn in that temp, so I don't run the comp long when it's that cold, but it has booted 2 or 3 times below 0. It's never failed to boot....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3
    HDs do not freeze, the bearing lubricant's viscocity increases with lower temps. This causes the drive to spin slower. If the RPM is low enough the drive will not detect.

    Freezing is the point at which a liquid becomes a solid. This is not happening to your drive. LCDs are also subject to 'slowing' until they warm up.
    It's why I asked him whether the hdd had fluid dynamic bearings!




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    as in the spec's
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    fluid bearing (typ/max-quiet/max-perf) _<2.5/3.0/3.7

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    If he isn't even seeing POST then it isn't his hard drive. Plus I doubt 20 degrees is low enough to cause it not to function. I have never had temps below 0 but plenty below 20 degrees and never had a problem with my seagate drive.
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    but the thing is that it is booting. so it can possibly the hard drive not spinning up to speed.

    as far as the video, i am begining to wounder if the heatsink design on your unit is causing initial condensation causing a short which is forcing the video output system to shut down for boot or its something with the display unit.

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    I've been having problems in 20 and below temps. I will get it to boot and everything. It pops up frodoplayer, even has my gps software working and running fine, HOWEVER i can't control anything nor do I hear any sound. SO no big deal right? I cut the power to the comp and start it up again. Now it won't start up again for a while. WHen I say not start up again i mean it won't even turn the motherboard on. Then after like 20 minutes hit the switch and everything starts up beautifully. WHat in the world could be causing this? At first I thought it was My hdd being as it is unbelieveably old, but why won't anything turn on after the first shut off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bry21317
    I go to boot it up and it will begin to boot,
    What do you mean it begins to boot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyhardy
    It's why I asked him whether the hdd had fluid dynamic bearings!
    Great we have a new 'expert' in town as well as smart ***.
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    my experience:
    after my car sitting for 1.5 days in single digit weather in chicago, I got in, started it up and had a nice clicking grinding sound coming from the harddrive. tried reboot, no luck, same noises. took it inside, let it warm up to room temperature for a few hours and then gave it another try, nope, same noise, took drive out of carputer, hooked up to regular pc, same noise. My deduction = harddrive that was exhibiting zero problems before single digit weather had "frozen" (or got "too cold") and was now worthless. Maybe it could have been saved by letting it warm up before booting, but I had never had the problem. Replaced the old 40gig with a brand new 80gig, dropped a removable bay in the carputer, and now I can take the drive out when it gets too cold at night just in case. As for the LCD, I have a lilliput touchscreen, so far I've noticed it's a bit dimmer in the cold mornings, but still functions fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by divinity
    my experience:
    after my car sitting for 1.5 days in single digit weather in chicago, I got in, started it up and had a nice clicking grinding sound coming from the harddrive. tried reboot, no luck, same noises. took it inside, let it warm up to room temperature for a few hours and then gave it another try, nope, same noise, took drive out of carputer, hooked up to regular pc, same noise. My deduction = harddrive that was exhibiting zero problems before single digit weather had "frozen" (or got "too cold") and was now worthless. Maybe it could have been saved by letting it warm up before booting, but I had never had the problem. Replaced the old 40gig with a brand new 80gig, dropped a removable bay in the carputer, and now I can take the drive out when it gets too cold at night just in case. As for the LCD, I have a lilliput touchscreen, so far I've noticed it's a bit dimmer in the cold mornings, but still functions fine.

    Hey you know I was getting the samething you were. There was a constant noise fromt he drive that didn't change at all. As a last ditch effort I reinstalled windows and somehow it worked and has not given me any trouble so far.
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