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    how to make LCD screen freeze proof?

    well out here in Colorado it gets cold... a friend of mine has his computer outside all year long.. he told me his screen freezes so i thought i would start a thread.

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    Heat it up somehow? Insulate it and prevent the air from escaping at the back?

    This is an area of computing which I haven't thought about yet. Hmm.
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    was almost thinking of making a plexi glass box and then filling it with babyoil... but that is not practical.. i am wanting something a little more reasonable...

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    If he has watercooling, he could re-route his radiator to blow hot air inside his screen.
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    It's a liquid crystal display--it's very much bound to freeze. Anyways--my advice would be to build a box around it. Find those double-layer or triple-layer windows or similar, and put that in front of the screen, and then have the box. For summer, have a few fans attached to the back of the case.

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    unless the screen is on all the time it will not hold enough heat to stay warm... packing tape on the vents.
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    i will have to ask him a few more questions.. like would you mind leaving the computer on 24/7 etc etc..... then we could for sure re route the heat to his screen..

    any more ideas?

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    Why is the PC outside all the time?

    I can see it now, a computer out on somebody's front porch in the dead of winter with snow covering the top of it... sounds like a west virginia computer room!
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    For the sake of his HDD's, personal data, and fan bearings, please consider convincing him to bring the computer back inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner View Post
    For the sake of his HDD's, personal data, and fan bearings, please consider convincing him to bring the computer back inside.
    Why would he do that? Its more exciting to leave it outside.
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    the screen gives off its own significant amount of heat, just box it with plexy and drill some small vent holes to avoid condensation

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.E.E.F. View Post
    Why would he do that? Its more exciting to leave it outside.
    Yeah, living life on the edge is cool and all, but it's not something I do with my data
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    how about an electric blanket?
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    Why on Earth would he have his full PC outside all the time, including his monitor? I can see wanting to put the main body outside for convenient cooling (though as pointed out above that is a really terrible idea if he values the data on his hard drives), but why wouldn't he route the video into a monitor inside his house?
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    Hmmm, not to be "That Guy" or anything, but I gotta point out that the OP calls himself 'JamesBong420'.

    Should we be surprised that he has a friend that keeps his rig outside in sub-freezing temps?

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    u want to HEAT something?!?! that goes against everything XS!!

    WTF are ppl always asking 'why this?' 'why that?' - stfu & actually try & solve the fellows problem ffs

    now so far the ideas with reducing air circulation are all good providing the LCD is on 24/7.. I reckon make a box, but if the LCD is turned off, put a small low power heat source in the bottom of the box.. or maybe some of these:

    http://www.safetycentral.com/solfuelsticr.html

    only recently heard of them I have noooo idea how long they last for. But going by their purpose, they could put out the 'right' amount of heat. Just an idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiro_uspsss View Post

    WTF are ppl always asking 'why this?' 'why that?' - stfu & actually try & solve the fellows problem ffs
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    Tell him to grab a CRT, they make more heat. At least mine warms up my room during winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbone8ty View Post
    how about an electric blanket?
    Just get buck naked and spoon the PC.

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    Well I know a few people that have PCs in their unheated garage all winter, so maybe it's a similar situation?
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    use a hairdryer initially before you start it up, once it starts up then you should be fine.
    There have got to be companies who sell lcd's that can withstand cold.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post
    Tell him to grab a CRT, they make more heat. At least mine warms up my room during winter.
    CRT's get really wacky when its cold out too. I had mine out in my shed when it was -15f out, had one of my crunchers out there too. It would take about 20 minutes for it to warm up, but even then it didnt function properly. Also heat pipes can freeze. Had full load temps @ 55c when it was -15f out.
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    lol... thanks for the replies... the pc is not outside... its indoors but in an unheated area.. he does not have much data on that machine so he uses a server that is installed in the house if he needs to save/retrieve anything.

    im still not fully sure what method(s) we are going to try for the monitor.. ideas are still welcome.. thanks again for the help..

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