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    15-40F boots to BIOS or windows load screen then keeps rebooting about 1-7 times before 70% of the times getting to a completed booted windows and 30% of the time power supply stays on but never boots up just seems to give up on booting and powers down video but fans and usb continue running.

    below 15F Does not show BIOs drive makes quite a racket first time thought drive was totally dead but still worked fine once it warmed.
    This pretty much makes me put 3 components at possible blame: fans, hard drive, power supply. I myself have not had any problem in NY during the really cold week I was starting it in the morning at like 9 Deg F. Anycase, you don't say what psu your using or I'm just blind. I'm just going to assume opus or another dc-dc sol'n.

    see, what I think is happening is as the weather is getting colder, the mechanical parts, particularly the hard drive is causing more current usage trying to spin up to speed due to the extra friction. This additional usage may be something your psu is incapable of supply causing the no boot issue.

    other possibility is the psu just is no good in the cold. Check out the power supply forum, i know theres a couple of posts there about opus and under voltage in cold weather. 14 deg seems to be right around that troubule point. that can be why the computer is no booting up or is having a real hard time.

    and of course, the hard drive can just be one of those units that don't like the cold around here. its sorta like a lottery draw when it comes to hard drives and cold weather performance.

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    My Hd = Ruined

    I believe I just ruined my harddrive. Last night i finished my install and went out for a ride playing super troopers everything was working fine. So i ended up going to sleep and waking up in the morning going outside to start the car up and i figured start the pc up as well cuz it takes about 1 minute to get to the desktop, so i turned it on walked inside then like 5 minutes went back outside and a black screen was talking about not being able to read or write i/o at blah blah or something, so i restarted and it got into windows then froze so i restarted the pc and then i recieved the same black screen so i figured ill restart to see if that would work and it didnt. So i left it alone for a while, came back a couple hours later and the same problem was there. Then i thought about it and the cold weather affecting the harddrive. So i brought the pc into the house and tested it out, and the same **** happens... so im trying to reformat it now and when it got to 50% it died out. Im waiting for the pc to heat up a little before i attempt to format again. but im sure i ****ed it up trying to load it up this morning or formating it while the disc was still cold. ill keep ya updated.
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    Take it inside to fix it....
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    I live in minnesota and we get to -30 or -40 every now and again.. and I only had issues with my hard drive not spinning up .. I would get a POST and everything.. now my LCD would wig out on me sometimes..

    but like others have said.. give it a few mminutes and let things warm up.. and all is well..

    or do like they did while building the alaskian highway.. never turn your vehicle off .. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by StationRocket
    If you install a switch somewhere that will disable the startup of you computer with the ignition you can hold it off on really cold mornings or really hot afternoons until the car's internal temp is a little more reasonable.
    word... do that and invest the 2-300 for a remote starter!

    hit the switch after you get out your car at night, flip it on your way down the road!
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    I did bring it inside while i was working on it. The pc functions fine, it just the harddrive i believe. I am downloading knoppix, its a linux os that fits on a cd. I am going to test it out on the pc and see if i could access the harddrive that way, if thats the case i might just end up using that. I need to find a solution for this ****ty weather problem! Luckily i have an extra 40gb harddrive that will work so i could always use that. With my case that i have it has an easy load for the harddrive so when u open the case u could pull out the harddrive, but if i really want to go through all that work i might as well just pull in the pc when i know its going to be cold and connect it when im going to use it.
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    If it makes you feel any better, my hard drive recently bit the crust after struggling over the last couple months in below freezing weather. I'm not 100% sure if the drive is physically damaged or just became severely corrupted, but I'm leaning towards the former.

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    has anyone tried wrapping their hard drive in some kind of insulator to keep it at least above freezing?
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    I live in Florida and right now it's not that cold (nights around 55-60). My computer has just started this reboot thing you were talking about. I think it must be my power supply and/or inverter.

    Computers operate BETTER in the cold weather (hence all the cooling we try to do for them) so our systems should work better in winter months. As for the harddrive issue... yeah, they can be fussy but I think it's hit-or-miss getting a good HDD that can handle vibration as well as the cold. From my experience harddrives are built pretty tough these days!

    So the culprit must be the power source. Someone in the extreme cold with all these issues try this: If you have a habitual issue with cold weather starts of your computer, use a long extension cord plugged into your house power to power your carputer (assuming you use a inverter/regular PS solution). If everything boots fine this will PROVE it's a power issue from the inverter being cold. If it still has problems just take the PS inside for the night... then bring it out the next morning, hook it back up to the computer and use the extension cord to power it... the computer should work fine then, proving your PS doesn't like to get cold.

    For those of you running OPUS's or another DC-DC PS, try this... bring your DC-DC PS inside for the night (disconnect it from your case). Then in the morning go to the freezin cold carputer, quickly hook the PS up and then see if it boots fine. If it does then viola, there's your problem.

    Aside from harddrive problems, bad/inconsistent power sources (due to the cold) should be the only source of problems, because computers inherently run better the colder they are!

    Tell me what you guys think

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    Question

    Let me start by say'n I am new to alot of this. I have a ton of questions but before i ask alot of them i have been ing the board.

    Has anybody tried removeable hard drives? I had a Lap top that had a slot that could mount a HDD or DVD drive or whatever. there are also http://www.storcase.com/removable/re...e_overview.asp we use these where i work for classified machines.
    I'm not sure if anybody has tried this or if it would help with cold.
    I am going to be moving from Fl up to Colorado soon and weather is a concern for me.

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