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    Winter problem!

    hey,..I'm living in Montreal, and we get some snow in the winter...I would like to know if anybody put a pc in a car with extrem temp ??

    and if yes what did you do about the condensation ?

    hey thanx

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    well, to save you some searching and reading, nobody has ever come up with a definitive way to prevent hard drive/system freezing in the winter.

    The best solution is to use a compact flash card for your OS.

    You need to find a hard drive that doesn't use fluid bearing for cooling. They either don't exist or are very expensive. However, some people seem to have no problem with their drives but it's pretty much a crapshoot. The same drive, same model number will freeze for some and not for others. Nobody knows.

    Even then, it's still not guaranteed that your system will start up properly.

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    I come from the land of extreme overclocking so cold temps and computers are an area I have experience in.

    Condensation will probably not be an issue. You dont get frost inside your car do you?

    Most computer electronics really like colder temperatures. CPUs are quite happy running at 40 below 0.

    As stated before, hard drives might be a problem, but I think this too is easily remidied. Vapochills (computer chiller units) have a little warming pad they put under the cpu for condensation prevention that plugs into the power supply. I would imagine something like this could be adapted to keep your hard drive warm.

    Another simple solution would be aprewarming box for the hard drive. You could use a readily available car drink heater and have it prewarm the hard drive so it will boot nicely.

    Once the hard drive is running and up to operating speed, it should produce enough heat on its own to be just fine.

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    yeah .. the hard drive likes to stick at -20 or so .. I've had mine to -35 or so.. but once it spiins it's good to go..

    I'm thinking of using a solid state drive soon myself.. or jsut parking in the garage :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gter
    hey,..I'm living in Montreal, and we get some snow in the winter...I would like to know if anybody put a pc in a car with extrem temp ??
    You didn't say if you have a pc or not, anyhow, if it's inside the passenger compartment, the easiest solution is to let the car/cabin warm up , then turn on the pc. You can also run a tube from the cars (floor) vents into the pc case. I did that, but mainly for cooling.
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    is this another attemp for a zombie thread? moreover what kind of weirdo would like to chat about a winter problems in early August??

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    Quote Originally Posted by LagunaICE
    is this another attemp for a zombie thread? moreover what kind of weirdo would like to chat about a winter problems in early August??

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    Quote Originally Posted by LagunaICE
    moreover what kind of weirdo would like to chat about a winter problems in early August??
    Someone who actually likes to plan ahead and be prepared?

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    as stated, the only real problem is the hardrive... and maybe the lcd until that warms a little...

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