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    Heat Issues?

    Hello,
    I have a 2001 Ford Escape and I live in Texas. My car can reach over 120 degrees in the summer. Has anyone used either of the new Intel mini's in this environment? I always drive with the A/C on when it gets very hot, and I am willing to create some sort of heat protection system if anyone has any ideas on how to do that. I donít plan on leaving the system running in this environment however that still exceeds the specs from Mac. Any thoughts?

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    i believe your ford has a/c vents underneath the driver and passenger seats to cool the back seat passengers

    maybe you can put your mac mini under the seat
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    The big issue isn't keeping it cool while it's running (well that's still an issue, but you know what I mean ), it's keeping it the right temp when you want to start using the Mac.

    I have an 04 Escape and while my environment (Virginia) isn't quite as bad, it can get nasty from time to time. I'm planning to mount my Mini and P1900 under the center console. For the potential heat issue, I have though about cutting a vent in the floor pan as well as two more on the sides of the console. Then use CPU (or similar) fans with thermostats to circulate the air when it is too hot. My concerns about the vent in the floor pan are additional road noise and spray when it is wet outside.

    Given your extreme situation though, you might consider mounting it so that you can remove it and take it with you when you are going to be out of the car for more than a few minutes.

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    I can only offer my experience but am running my Mini inside a very tight enclosure, buried in my dash and with marginal cooling, at best.

    I ran it through last summer with no issues. I used temperature monitor to keep track of the drive temp and reckoned it was a proxy for the Mini. At times, it would register as high as 130F but I haven't had any issues with it so far.

    Your car temps may be 120 or higher, but that can't last for more than a minute or so. Once you open the doors and roll down the windows, the temps in the car will drop rapidly. If you add AC, it will get under 120 pretty quickly.

    You can choose to delay startup of your Mini if you are concerned about operating it in high ambient temps.
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    Thanks for the thoughts. It sounds like no one has had an heat failures yet. So are the offical specs just wrong or what? Has anyone had any heat failures?

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    Not to put too fine a point on it, but what difference does it make? It's unlikely you can build a heat protection system that will keep it under 116 degrees storage and 95 degrees operating.

    The only way you'll know is to try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston Masters
    Thanks for the thoughts. It sounds like no one has had an heat failures yet. So are the offical specs just wrong or what? Has anyone had any heat failures?
    i doubt anyone will, cuz u can replace the stock cpu with a duo 2.6ghz cpu without any heat problems
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    Heat specs are always rounded down quite a bit, to discourage things that might force them to do warranty maintenance.

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    Ventillation

    I have a 2001 Nissan Altima and I live in New Orleans. I want to put a Mac Mini in a 1 din stereo slot but am very worried about ventillation. Does anyone have ideas for mounting brackets and has anyone run into overheating problems? Thanks
    -Ross

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    Mine is in a one DIN slot and hasn't overheated.

    Yet.
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