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    So it looks like there are quite a few of us who have this reboot problem. Can you all update your sigs with your system specs? It would be helpful if we could see what parts we all have in common.
    Make sure to post your psu wattage spec too.

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    I am still in a planning stage on this end no specs yet

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    I think DAVEM hit it on the head for troubleshooting this problem for you guys. Plus for you CF guys try bringing the card in for the night and take it back out the next morning.

    Knubile you are on a good track also, see if there is a common "cold hating" piece of hardware.

    My $.02

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vchat20
    has anyone tried wrapping their hard drive in some kind of insulator to keep it at least above freezing?
    Good point Vchat20. I was just going to post that as I was reading through. The only problem is that computers have even more problems when they OVER heat. So maybe some sort of removable insulation that you could put around the case for the winter months and then remove it once the weather starts to warm up. I'm sure a lot of you are already having difficulty with space and the area around your computer but it could prove to increase boot up times and the problems you're experiencing in the cold. Just my $.02

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    low power heater

    how about a low power consuming heater element?

    http://www.puddlepetcare.co.uk/cgi-b...DCHALLONERCAT1

    or go to http://www.puddlepetcare.co.uk and search for "Challoner Pet Comforter".

    it consumes only 9 watts. and i guess we can leave it on for the whole night inside the computer case?

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    Fixed my problem, or what i believe. I loaded the os using knoppix which is a bootable os off a cd. Anyways i used that and was able to have access to all my files, so which some quick thinking i dled partition magic and formated the hd and it worked that way, i am not sure if there are still bad sectors like norton was telling me when i was checkin the disk for problems. I reinstalled win2k and all the drivers and got everything back to the way it was. Hope this helps if anyone runs into the same problem.
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    Hello, I've been lurking around for ages and finally I have something to contribute. Here is an idea. How about hardwiring a thermostat in the car, in the computer itself. we will need a mechanism that will turn on if it reaches below a certain temperature, much like a heater for a fishtank (not the heater itself, but the switch that turns on and off when it reaches a certain temperature.) A relay can be use to supply power to the accessory(on/off controller) wire on the PSU. (I have a 90W Opus) When the temperature reaches 32 degrees or whatever temperature I'd like to set it at, the computer will turn on and when it's warm enough the computer will turn off.

    problem is, where can I find such a device.

    concerns about this setup:
    battery drainage (my amp is setup to power on from the ignition and not the CPU so there will be minimum drainage)
    I have an EPIA M10000, 3.5 hard drive, slim slot load CD rom. I will configure it so that my lilliput stays off during this procedure.
    does anyone know how long the battery will hold until the PSU goes into battery safe mode?

    Another idea is to hook up the thermostat to my remote starter.

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    For many people this low temp problem does not occur.... Not sure why some installs this type of issue occurs and others do not see it.

    Nothing fancy in my set up, it gets plenty cold here in Denver and no a problem.
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    i agree. after thinking it over a bit, if cold weather was a problem, then how come people recommend freezing the drive if a failure occurs?
    Your everyday carpc geek and tech guru at your service. *bow*

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    Get an automotive drive for your OS, at least you'll be able to boot, listen to radio and navigate...

    I ended up getting the Fujitsu mht2030ac drive.

    Automotive harddrives.

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