Mac Mini in colder seasons?
Hi all! With the help of an engineer friend who LOVES Hondas and some hardware from MP3car.com and Ebay, I've gotten my ultimate audio/visual dream setup in my car. I'm using a Mac Mini with the Carnetix 1900 PS and Mac Pac cable bundle which I would recommend to anyone here also.
Now i'm not going to go in depth on the install itself. Suffice it to say that it works, and works great. I commonly keep the Mac in Front Row so that when I turn the car on, I do not have to press anything to have my music start up from where it left off. iTunes does not do this by default, and requires you to press the play button (either on screen or on remote.)
The mac is mounted directly below the front passenger seat and sits next to the power supply. This seemed to be a good place because it didnt require giving up space in either the glovebox or center console area. In the summertime it is out of direct sunlight and resides in the technically coolest area of the car, save for maybe the trunk. The mini has passed the Summer months test, with some of the hottest and most humid weather we've seen in a few years.
What i'm concerned about is the winter months here in Nebraska. The hard drive is a traditional platter-type hard drive. There is also a heating vent which passes warm/hot air to the rear passenger's feet. The vent sits to the left of the Carnetix P1900, and the Mini sits to the right of the P1900.
If, at most i'm just looking at swapping to a solid state hard drive, does the Mac Mini allow that kind of hardware upgrade without fuss? If the hard drive is the least of my problems, is that vent going to be a problem for either the powersupply or mac?
Apple's official word is that the mac mini will operate between 50° to 95° F. I'm sure the heat index was over 95 degrees farenheit this summer, so is the lower limit flexible also? Or does it simply matter if we get below freezing for fear of condensation?