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Thread: Best way to keep the PC warm in the winter?

  1. #11
    FLAC
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    what motherboard do you have? because i know for a fact that some intel boards do have internal sensors that will not allow the boards to post if the temp is out of a certain range.... its in the datasheets. thats the problem i had, you had to turn it on and it would power up... just no post beeps or post. after a few minutes you could turn off power and turn it back on and it works fine... its like it can heat itself up a little (leaving it in standby isnt a bad idea for the winter, it would be nice to install a 2nd small car battery somewhere just to keep the pc in sleep)

    i ended up using a reptile thin film heating pad. its only 8w, and wont overheat. problem is my motherboard is now toast (or it seems, i think it will work again once it sits inside a warm room for a few days).

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    ASUS AT3N7A-I Intel Atom 330, it does have a sensor on the board i believe. Seems like if i allow power to heat the board it will start with some time automatically. I am going to move it under the driver seat or find a solar powered low amp heat pad to keep the area warm during the winter.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131408
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Water...ht_1973wt_1273

    doing some looking this might be even better. connect it to a 12volt 3 amp solar panel and 12 volt ign hook up might just do it for me
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  5. #15
    FLAC
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    those are expensive and get really hot. check out the reptilian heaters from pet stores, they get warm but wont overheat... i still havent had the means to fully test them myself yet, but my mainboard is staying warm to the touch....

  6. #16
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    i was not thinking about keeping it on all the time just enough to get the board warm. i will check out the other heater too
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