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    Quote Originally Posted by Puffanug
    It's overclocked? Yeah, set it normal levels for troubleshooting purposes at least. Is your CPU fan spinning normally? What about the temps of the CPU when it does work vs. when it does not?
    I never said it's overclocked? These are 2ghz CPU's which I already have it running slower at 1.7ghz, but maybe I should down clock it even more is what I meant. Yes, the fan is working properly. The CPU will work fine around 55C but anything hotter than that and the processor becomes unstable.

    Okay and to address those who are saying it's an airflow issue:
    1) My case is like the optimum location. Whenever I roll my windows down air goes directly over the computer, plus the computer is wide out in the open. No case at all. (see picture below)

    2) My computer is hot to start off with, so if you're talking about ventilation from outside the car; then, I'm not sure that's going to help with the first seconds of start up, which is when it's crashing/freezing.




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    Well i'm sure it's not a ventilation issue haha that setup appears to have ample room for airflow. I noticed you had your hard drive mounted upside-down. I know they're designed to radiate heat from out of the top of the drive, so that could be an issue there. I still don't see how the CPU could be running at 150F unless its like 100 degrees inside your truck when you're running it. Did you apply thermal grease to the processer when you mounted the fan? Oh, and if the processor has been used before, you have to clean the old grease junk off of it before you put new stuff on...

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    If none of that fixes it, I would be willing to say that there could be a problem with your hard drive. You can go to the manufacturers website and find they're hard drive testing utility, they pretty much all have one. Judging by the looks of that HDD I would bet its probably a western digital. You can run that test to determine if there is a problem with your drive or not.

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    that box is made of wood???

    i'll bet the outside doesn't even get warm
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    Could direct sunlight through the window onto the open computer parts be an issue at all? Doesn't seem like it would, it's just a thought.

    How is the motherboard attached to the case? You are using standoffs, right? Not related to your freezing issue, just curious. it is hard to tell in the pic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste_nova
    that box is made of wood???

    i'll bet the outside doesn't even get warm
    Yeah, it's made out of wood .

    Quote Originally Posted by Puffanug
    Could direct sunlight through the window onto the open computer parts be an issue at all? Doesn't seem like it would, it's just a thought.

    How is the motherboard attached to the case? You are using standoffs, right? Not related to your freezing issue, just curious. it is hard to tell in the pic.
    My rear window is tinted, but I'm sure that it doesn't block all the rays, so that is definitely causing some heat problems. And no I'm not using any stand off's. Wood isn't a good conductor so I don't have any problems.

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    I would say that that is way to hot. My freind has a 3400+ that I put together for him. He has similar problems after running it for a while. It ended up getting up to 180 F. so I took off all the the "cooling gel" and alchohol swaped it and now it runs about 32 to 36 C with a slight fsb overclock.
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    is this Opus 150 on the pic ? right? athlon @ 1700MHz hooked on it with this big fan and full-size drive it is good way to slap that opus once. May be reason for freezing is overloaded/overheated PSU
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haystack
    I would say that that is way to hot. My freind has a 3400+ that I put together for him. He has similar problems after running it for a while. It ended up getting up to 180 F. so I took off all the the "cooling gel" and alchohol swaped it and now it runs about 32 to 36 C with a slight fsb overclock.
    That makes me think of something. Are you sure the HSF is seated properly? If it's not getting perfect contact with the cpu, you're temps will suck in a very bad way. I would remove the HSF, clean off all the goop, apply AS5, remount the HSF, then check your temps. I bet they will be way lower. Mobile Athlons just don't run that hot at idle unless there's something else going on.
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    For what it's worth, I don't remember ever seeing a drive that wouldn't boot when hot. Usually heat just causes the drive to die young.

    It would be a really good thing if drives refused to run when they were too hot: that would teach clueless system builders to provide adequate cooling.

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