Its such a hassle to build heaters and having to plug it in each time I leave my car. I also dont think I would sleep knowing that there is a heater being plugged into my car (fire hazard).
I would prefer to use components that just work in these environments. So far, I know that hard drives and lcd screens will encounter issues in low temperatures. I am not sure what other components will fail to operate this winter.
Failure is not an option....
It's installed by default on every version of Windows.
9 years in the prairies (anywhere down to -50c and the windchill drops it to -70's for people) taught me that!
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Well I plug in my car at night, but not during the day when I am at school (no plugs). And by fire hazard...I mean a heater that you built yourself. I actually did build a heater for my lcd screen and I wouldnt trust that to run overnight. I have pics if anyone is interested...you can see how big of a mess it looks.
I am also looking to upgrade my screen due to temperature issues. So far, this screen looks most promising (too bad its not out yet):
What do you guys think? Its LED backlight, so it doesnt suffer from dimming issues as with ccfls. Its even rated at down to -20C. I think that is the lowest Ive seen in a screen so far.
why not mount it under the dash and cut a hole in the heater duct work.
you coould even get a bezel / adapter and put it in the hole and run a piece of tube to the screen.
i know on some cars this would be a nightmare as they dont leave room for a breeding pair of fruit fly's but at least its an option.
you gotta warm up the car anyway....
im jus toutside of toronto and we get -40 1nce or 2ice a yr too...so nowhere near you guys..but still too cold for a carpc.
maybe one of those pipe heaters on the under-dash reinforcement?
then mount the mobo case on it?
it'll plug in like a block heater?!?
other than that its goona haveto be a space heater AND a removable HDD at least.
argg...it sucks to have to worry about cold weather problems. I dont want to worry about heaters and stuff because those are not instantaneous. Id rather my carpc be able to just turn on and work like my radio. As much as I want to go headunitless and have a neat install like everyone else, I just dont think carpc technology is reliable enough yet for me when it comes to low temperatures.
you might be right but ehh it is canada.
maybe an in-dash that pops out?..kinda like a headrest setup?
the mobo shouldnt be a prob....
just get a USB and put a port in the console or something...
or make a little box w HDD and all the other stuff...unplug like 2 of those older really wide printer cables that have been re-pinned and wired to match the stuff in the box??
thats gotta be like 120 pins but hay its fast easy and warm!!
06 Altima..SER front bumper.
CAR PC.....soon to be true!!
I do have an indash right now, and it doesnt work in the cold. I think going with a fixed monitor is best for those who want a durable carpc, regardless of whether its going to be in the cold or not. My instinct is that such extreme temperatures cant possibly be good for the plastic gears. I actually dont plan to go HUless for atleast a few years (I will completely redesign and start from scratch). For now, ill just stick to keeping the carpc off in the winter and using my headunit + paper map.
I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and, although most winters arent SUPER cold, we do get the occasional -30 or so day. Having said that, the only real troubles I've experienced with my carpc is the LCD monitor being EXTREMELY washed out until I get the cabin temperature back up to a comfortable level. Here's a bit of reading for everyone with regards to LCD's and cold temperatures :
temperatures affect the viscosity of the liquid-crystal (LC) fluid suspension. At lower temperatures, the LC thickens and requires more voltage to activate the crystals. Conversely, at higher temperatures, less voltage is needed to create the display.
On-board temperature control circuitry has been one solution offered by LCD manufacturers. A driver IC with integrated temperature compensation circuitry reduces the total number of components in the device.
LCDs with operating temperatures of -30°C to +80°C (or greater) accommodate designers in automotive, aerospace, avionics, and other industries where LCDs must perform in demanding environments. Some manufacturers supply LCDs with an integrated heater to control the LC temperature, ensuring optimum display performance.