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    DSATX too cold to boot... Solution?

    I have searched the forums and came up with plenty of info dealing with the cold and LCD's, harddrives but little on solutions to power supplies.
    I am JUST finishing my CarPC install and the current climate is making the effort very much not worthwhile.

    So here's my problem it is about 12F lately in Chicago and when trying to boot my PC I just get the 4 blinks on the DSATX which signifies a hot or cold condition. Now the manual shows that 14F (0C) is the lower threshold so I get why it is happening, but this really sucks for the situation....

    I see that the lower temp is programmable on the DSATX, has anyone set there's lower for their situation?... There has to be a reason why it is set where it is, so is there a much greater risk of damaging it or the components?....
    I take it this means I am going to have to get the cable for programming it?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bungee91 View Post
    I take it this means I am going to have to get the cable for programming it?
    Yup.

    Anyone who considers getting a DSATX should consider getting the brainstem as well.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Ok I will order one today.....
    Any suggestions on what is a good low set point that is still reasonable for means of protection?... Maybe 0F?, or would you think this is a bit too low?

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    I think the unit will be fine with extreme cold condition. So, just set it to as low as you think it will be in your area. Well, maybe Jeff and comment on that.
    Normally, electronic components are suck with heat but okay with cold temperature.
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    Yeah that makes sense, and it just happens to be winter when I am finishing this project!!
    It just baffled me that the power supply was unable to boot, considering the harddrive is able to spin up in this type of temperature.... I just would have never thought is all! Always something!

    I will order the cable soon, it looks like there is a USB one available also, but the only one I see through MP3car is the serial version... I am sure I will find it if I search.

    Thanks for the info... I was hoping not to get a bunch of "SEARCH" responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bungee91 View Post
    Yeah that makes sense, and it just happens to be winter when I am finishing this project!!
    It just baffled me that the power supply was unable to boot, considering the harddrive is able to spin up in this type of temperature.... I just would have never thought is all! Always something!

    I will order the cable soon, it looks like there is a USB one available also, but the only one I see through MP3car is the serial version... I am sure I will find it if I search.

    Thanks for the info... I was hoping not to get a bunch of "SEARCH" responses.
    The low temp cutout is -5 degrees C. You can set it to whatever you want if you want to play with fire. It is set the way it is set because just about every desktop motherboard and hard drive on the market is rated for 0C to 50C. Extreme cold on hard drives can cause the bearings to wear improperly, and the heads to scratch the platters. Most people are fine with their car warming up to above -5C. The DSATX will automatically turn on when the temperature problem goes away.

    You might want to look in the manuals of your hard drive and motherboard for the temperature range of operation. If you post your results, that might make a case for relaxing the temp range..

    Here is one hard drive manual:
    http://www.maxtor.com/_files/maxtor/...anual_sata.pdf

    Do a search for temperature you get 0c to 60c

    http://www.maxtor.com/_files/maxtor/...100_manual.pdf
    This one says 5c to 55c.


    http://www.westerndigital.com/en/pro...uage=en#jump77
    41f (5c) to 131f (55c)

    I really think the DSATX is doing you a favor..












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    One more (stupid) reason to love the DSATX

    randomjohn seemed to think it was a good idea. If enough people don't want the feature we can get rid of it. It is less important than the high temp cutout..
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