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Thread: Anyone else having any issues with Cold weather?

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    Anyone else having any issues with Cold weather?

    It seems that my carputer, doesn't want to come on in the mornings, when it has been around 20 degrees Farenheit. I go to boot it up and it will begin to boot, but I never get any video. I then usually will let it run a few minutes, then I reboot it and the video will work fine.

    I am using an ATI (Built by ATI) Radeon 9200 Video card wtih 128mb Memory on the board. I have not yet had the time to figure out where the problem actually is. Just wondering if anyone else has run into any problems with the cold weather. I know we aren't that cold here compared to people in the northern US.

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    The problem is your lcd. The liquid crystals can freeze and won't be able to display anything. After awhile when things warm up a bit, everything will be fine.

    The first couple days that temps here in Philly were below 20 F, my computer booted but I would get no video. Funny thing though - I think eventually that the lcd gets used to the cold, because this morning when I started the car, it was 1 degree F and the display was working, although reluctantly as it was very dim for a few minutes.
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    I have noticed it being Dim at first. It does show No VGA Signal, when it first comes on.

    Would this be the same issue you are mentioning with the Crystals?
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    It sounds like your hard-drive is getting too cold to start moving.

    Does your drive have fluid dynamic bearings?

    Andy

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    Here is the Model: http://www.seagate.com/cda/products/...81,579,00.html

    Here is the Spec Sheet on it: http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/...t3120022a.html

    Didn't think about that, but the Seagate is Fluid Filled, not sure what type of fluid but it does state that.
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    Check out that PDF for the Seagate you listed above...

    Operating Temperature -> 32 to 140 F
    Non-operating Temp -> -40 to 158 F
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    is that cold damaging to the lcd
    ... It seems like its getting a good bit dimmer latlely
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    My hard drive just doesnt detect. It can be -30 in my garage and I never have video problems, just the hdd is frozen me thinks

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    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.
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    Well yes I know that, but instead of that 6 sentance description of it I figured "freezing" was good enough.

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