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    anyone have a car pc in minnesota or same climate

    anyone live in minnesota or similar climate?

    how has your car pc handled the extremes? i know nothing wants to work to well outside when its -30F or 90F

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    there are guys here from sweeden ... they seem to do ok.
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    Its also gonna depend on other vairables such as install location, cooling equip, insulation, etc. etc.
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    I live in coon rapids, and took many trips to the Iron Rnage during the winter.

    LCD - faired fine but didn't like to turn on sometimes
    HD - Didn't like to spin up right away, but that was with a 60W PSU, I now use a 90W so maybe that will fix it.

    Other than that things worked fine. I'm finding more issues with the heat than cold right now. I have 3 case fans right now and it still get really hot.
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    Haven't had a problem. Although, I let the car warm up for a bit first. If I'm shivering, I'm too cold to enjoy music! LCD is a bit dim when it's below freezing, but that goes away quickly as I have it positioned near a vent. HDD = no problems.

    Warm weather, otoh, has caused my (1st gen) computer to crash on long drives down to Mankato (2hrs). Easily solved by turning on the A/C.

    So, just use common sense. If it's too cold/hot for you or your car, then it's too cold/hot for your computer. Start the engine and wait a couple minutes for things to moderate.
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    yeah i am prom mn and its been ok for me

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    lcd is a bit dim at first but no other problems. like neon_eddy said, heat is more of an issue.
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    Minnesota Climate

    Mine works fine from Duluth,Mn to Iron Range. But I have a garage for wintertime.
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    I had terrible trouble last winter

    Below 40F hard drive would keep clicking and pc would reboot about 3 times before it was warm enough to actually boot up.

    Below 10F the hard drive would just click and it would not even boot past bios.

    I took the fan off the board and wrapped hard drive up for winter worked ok until about 25F next year hope to have full box built and it should keep it jsut warm enough, as before it was sjut open air in trunk. it is also a 3.5" drive so 2.5 might work better in cold temps.
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