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    AC cooled Carputer?

    anyone had there Carputer cooled by there ac??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pogi
    anyone had there Carputer cooled by there ac??????
    not yet, but i've been thinking about this:
    since i'm gonna put my carpc under the passenger seat, it will be possible to cool it down with AC (the one for rear passengers under the seat).
    so if it gets too hot, you just turn it on and go
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    watch out for condensation

    and also, what are you going to do in the winter ?
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    I did. I had my computer sitting on the floorboard of my truck right in front of a floor vent. When the PC temperature got too high, I changed the control to floor and full and watched the temperature drop
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    yeah, condensation could be a problem, but i guess i can always put some kind of self-made filter, so it would stop the moisture.

    as for the winter, maaan, i love SoCal winters -)) seriously, i don't think my M10000 would heat up that much (especially in winter) that it will need that much cooling
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    How about this. Have your computer set up to control AC/heat by relays and such. Have two temp sensors - one on the motherboard/processor and one outside the case to give ambient air temperature. Write a program so that the computer balances your needs for a comfortable interior (max AC in a blistering summer day, max heat on a freezing cold morning) with its cooling needs. Say, it never lets the ambient temp be more than 30 degrees cooler than the processor to prevent condensation. When it turns on the heat, it sends it to the dash vents or windshield rather than the floor vents near the PC.

    Is this remotely possible? What are the stumbling blocks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linus
    How about this. Have your computer set up to control AC/heat by relays and such. Have two temp sensors - one on the motherboard/processor and one outside the case to give ambient air temperature. Write a program so that the computer balances your needs for a comfortable interior (max AC in a blistering summer day, max heat on a freezing cold morning) with its cooling needs. Say, it never lets the ambient temp be more than 30 degrees cooler than the processor to prevent condensation. When it turns on the heat, it sends it to the dash vents or windshield rather than the floor vents near the PC.
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    I havent tried the AC route but I'll just add that heat is really not a problem. I mean unless you have 110 degree F weathers everyday. My case is a 7 x 7 x 3 (roughly) acrylic box under the passanger seat with just 2 2100 rpm QUIET as hell fans. You can't even hear the fans when the engine is off. And I've never run into heat problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samc
    I havent tried the AC route but I'll just add that heat is really not a problem. I mean unless you have 110 degree F weathers everyday. My case is a 7 x 7 x 3 (roughly) acrylic box under the passanger seat with just 2 2100 rpm QUIET as hell fans. You can't even hear the fans when the engine is off. And I've never run into heat problems.
    So...what if you have 110 to 120+ degree weather for four months of the year? What then? Has anybody's epia M1000 PC survived a PHX Arizona summer?
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    wow 120+ degrees? I think I'd have more bodily cooling problems then my carputer. If its really that hot where you live try the trunk with routed AC. And some very strong fans.
    Mine needs to be updated.

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