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    Temperature

    i'm about two pieces away from the installing, but as the summer progresses i've discovered a potential problem. the area where i'm installing the device is in direct contact with the sun and gets pretty hoti'm putting it right where the temperature display is. the top rounded plastic piece will enclose the mini conpletely with the exception of the cd load slot which will be where the actuall display is. so the mini will never be in direct sunlight, but still i live in louisiana and our summers are hot hot hot. anyway my question is:
    1. what are the safe operating temps of the mini?

    2. is there a way to insulte the mini to let heat out and not in?

    3. would it hurt for me to splice into my ac tube and run a air line to the mini?

    4. will it hurt for the mini to be hot when it's not in use?

    5. (this is an extra place for a problem i haven't thought of yet)

    As usual all ya'll's help is greatly appreciated because i am a noob and have no idea what i'm doing (that being said all flames are welcomed if deserved)

    thanks for your help,

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    Welcome fellow mac mini man! I had many of the same concerns. I did two things that I would recommend to help shield the heat from the car in general(cause I live in S Fla.): Tint your windows and use a windshield visor!!!
    1. I don't know but I wouldn't risk letting it get hot to the touch from sunlight, or operate it in an uncooled environment for too long. (like a car in the LA summer heat with no ac on)
    2. Shade it well, but not with a black surface that is near it, because that would probably attract more heat than repel. The mini is white, which reflects the sun's heat.
    3. Probably. The humidity there is pretty high, so you would run the risk of condensation.
    4. Not so much.
    5. The problem you hadnt thought of is that Cingular is my service provider and you should hook me up with a cheap phone.
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    A couple other things you may not know:
    The mini has an internal fan that only comes on when it is nearing too warm. I have only had it come on once, and that was installing Virtual PC and then XP while listening to music. I stopped the tunes after the fan had been on for a few minutes and it actually went off a minute later. If it has come on other than that, I haven't noticed. (which very well couldve happened on my 8 hr trip) So pay attention to the fan, and the temp of the air coming out of it.

    I would not recommend trying to watch a whole dvd in the summer heat without running the ac. The dvd drive and the video processor would probably combine for some major heat after an hour. Same with encoding and gaming. It is a small box, and that stuff is packed in there. You dont want every component getting hot at the same time, you know?

    Just some helpful thoughts. Peace.

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    As far as bluetooth on Cingular, I have both a Treo 650 and a Razr, and bluetooth works well on both of them.
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    my ac works fine and believeme i use it constantly. do you think it would be a good idea to run a vent line from my ac to the mac mini compartment?
    Or is there any kind of insulation that i can stick between the mac and the cover surface that will repel heat? tin-foil? j/k

    how do you like the razr so far? i should be getting tiger tomorrow and to say i'm pumped would be an extreme understatement

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    Quote Originally Posted by CArringt
    my ac works fine and believeme i use it constantly. do you think it would be a good idea to run a vent line from my ac to the mac mini compartment?
    It could be bad... but not for certain. As I said before it is very humid in your swampy neck of the woods, and you could run the risk of condensation! It would probably be fine, however, to direct a small amount of air in the mac mini's direction, just keep an eye on the conditions in the compartment where the mini will be if you do this.
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    My install has the screen in the top of the dash and directly in the sun. I use one of those reflective sunshades and make sure it covers the whole window. Helps a lot.

    Fortunately, during the week, my company has a parking garage so the system doesn't sit out in the heat all the time.

    And yeah, that's not necessarily too smart to mention you're a mobile phone guy. I got Cingular. What do I need to add GPRS at the lowest cost? :-)
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    i hadn't though about those reflective sun shades or whater they are. thanks for the input. and we do have humidity but i'm as far north in louisiana as you can go, so it's not as bad as coon-*** country.

    lol..i don't mind. it depends on what you consider low cost & what you're planning on doing with it. gprs plans start about 4.99 for i think 500kb (you do the math) but unlimited access only runs you 24.99 with serveral different plans in between

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    I'm thinking of mounting my future Mac mini on the dash too... but because of some of the same considerations as you, I might just hide it in the glove compartment now. Not as nifty, but easier and probably just better.
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