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    Cool This Crazy Cali Weather...

    Well guys, summer is pretty much upon us here in Cali.

    A few days ago it hit about 87-90 degrees for the first time since last season. Here's what sucks...

    I was listening to my Mp3Car with the windows down bouncing to the old-school song Informer by Snow. Suddenly, the music stops but the computer remains on. Since i've been having successful shutdowns and smooth performance from the computer, I was convinced that it was the hot weather.

    I pulled over, and opened the trunk. I held my hand over the outflow fan above the case, and it was blowing out pretty damn hot air. Since the weather was the only thing different that could be causing this, I knew the heat was the culprit. I touched the plexi where the hdd was mounted and it was hot as well.

    My trunk isn't closed off so air circulates in a large space, but still the comp was hot. I have 1 fan in the side of the case to take air in, and 1 fan on top of the case to blow it out.

    After the weather cooled down later that night, I tried the Mp3Car again and it worked without a flaw as if nothing went wrong.

    I would hate to be experiencing this throughout summer, so I wanted to see if you guys ever had the same problem, and some solutions to avoid it...

    I know it's going to be a really hot summer, and most of us will be cruising with the music blasting. The last thing I'd want is my sound to suddenly quit on me on a beautiful summer day.

    My pics are here for an idea of my setup...

    Thanks guys,
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    Re: This Crazy Cali Weather...

    Originally posted by SuperAJ
    Well guys, summer is pretty much upon us here in Cali.

    A few days ago it hit about 87-90 degrees for the first time since last season. Here's what sucks...

    I was listening to my Mp3Car with the windows down bouncing to the old-school song Informer by Snow. Suddenly, the music stops but the computer remains on. Since i've been having successful shutdowns and smooth performance from the computer, I was convinced that it was the hot weather.

    I pulled over, and opened the trunk. I held my hand over the outflow fan above the case, and it was blowing out pretty damn hot air. Since the weather was the only thing different that could be causing this, I knew the heat was the culprit. I touched the plexi where the hdd was mounted and it was hot as well.

    My trunk isn't closed off so air circulates in a large space, but still the comp was hot. I have 1 fan in the side of the case to take air in, and 1 fan on top of the case to blow it out.

    After the weather cooled down later that night, I tried the Mp3Car again and it worked without a flaw as if nothing went wrong.

    I would hate to be experiencing this throughout summer, so I wanted to see if you guys ever had the same problem, and some solutions to avoid it...

    I know it's going to be a really hot summer, and most of us will be cruising with the music blasting. The last thing I'd want is my sound to suddenly quit on me on a beautiful summer day.

    My pics are here for an idea of my setup...

    Thanks guys,
    SuperAJ
    try to make a spacer for the hd, so that it gets some airflow between the case and the hdd, might help...

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    Re: This Crazy Cali Weather...

    Originally posted by SuperAJ
    I was listening to my Mp3Car with the windows down bouncing to the old-school song Informer by Snow.
    sorry mate, but there should be laws against the playback of THAT particular track. some bad memories of 'whiteboy' rap there.... alot like the 'Vanilla Ice' phase....
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    Re: Re: This Crazy Cali Weather...

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    sorry mate, but there should be laws against the playback of THAT particular track. some bad memories of 'whiteboy' rap there.... alot like the 'Vanilla Ice' phase....
    lol....u player hater.... i love oldskool **** compare to these so called rappers these days...
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    Re: Re: Re: This Crazy Cali Weather...

    Originally posted by cenwesi


    lol....u player hater.... i love oldskool **** compare to these so called rappers these days...
    too true... most of the "rappers" of today are just ripping off any ole' track they can find with a beat. even classic rock!!! that is just wrong!!!

    as for your heat problem... try adding another set of fans, as well as locating the HD away from surfaces... look how your HD is mounted in a normal computer, it is close to the other drives, but it still has airflow. you might want to put one of the fans close to the HD with the fan blowing OUT of the case... that way it draws the air out across the HD... i wouldnt put it blowing in cuz that would risk throwing some crap onto the exposed circuits of the HD.

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    Nobody likes this response, but it helps considerably... try underclocking your CPU. Personally, I can't stand the idea, but if it's the choice of a faster, problematic CPU and a slower, working CPU, it isn't such a difficult decision.

    Another idea is to have an intake tube that allows your CPU fan to pull air from outside the case directly onto the heatsink. The top of my case is molded so the CPU heatsink and fan actually sits outside the rest of the case. It's a 1 GHz P3 and I haven't had any issues, yet, though I drive a hatchback where airflow is better.

    It's almost 85 degrees for the first time this year, so I'll give an update later.

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    Re:This Crazy Cali Weather...

    Hmm just an idea...

    What happens if you separate the inlet and outlet of the computer? Let the outlet blow out in the other end of the trunk thorugh a tube or a pipe so the inlet fan get as cold air as possible.

    If not you can always move to Sweden and you'll rarely have this proble again

    /Jaktis

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    Re: Re:This Crazy Cali Weather...

    Originally posted by Jaktis
    Hmm just an idea...

    What happens if you separate the inlet and outlet of the computer? Let the outlet blow out in the other end of the trunk thorugh a tube or a pipe so the inlet fan get as cold air as possible.

    If not you can always move to Sweden and you'll rarely have this proble again

    /Jaktis
    I considered this for a while, too. The only issue I had with taking external air (or from the air conditioner, for that matter) is the moisture that would be pulled in. Most days the heat from an active system would cause evaporation, but a rainy day could be bring in enough moisture to short something. Worse, condensation could build while the machine is off (picture your car on a spring morning) and cause it to die when it gets power.

    On a similar note, I used to run a computer course at a Boy Scout camp where the computers were kept on a covered, front porch. As long as we kept the moniters running overnight, they were fine (even under a tarp during a thunderstorm). One night a "supervisor" shut them all down and when the kids turned them on the next day we had more than half of them short from condensation. The one kid who got shocked nearly crapped himself.

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    We hit 112 here last summer... my box just kept on chuggin.

    k6 300, one in, one out fan. I have a white car, though... maybe that helps quite a bit.

    do you have any pictures of your case?

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    Hmm...

    *looks at homepage*

    Add some spacers for the hard drive, and get a bigger fan to go over the processor. That looks like a 60mm. Get an 80 or a 92mm

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