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I did something stupid last night. I spent most of yesterday fixing PC's (something I do for extra cash outside of the 9-5), and after dropping one off at a customer's house I found that my car wouldn't start. I got a jump from the guy and got the car started again. I drove it about 1/2 mile back home and let it run outside of my apartment for about an hour so the battery could charge up. Here comes the stupid part. I had another fixed PC, this time an expensive industrial system sitting in the front seat and the heater was left on full blast the whole time. When I went back out there to turn the car off, upon realizing the computer was still there, there was a frek-out instance of HOLY CRAP!!! #^$^!!!

The PC's case was very hot to the touch...to the point that if I held my hand on it, I could stand the heat transfer but it wasn't exactly comfortable. I've got to drop this PC off at this guys office later today, and I'm just sitting here wondering whether or not it's going to start. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to hook it back up to anything to check it. So I guess here's the question....we all know that excess heat inside your PC can cause all kinds of problems....what about environmental heat when the PC is not running...such as if it was ...um... left in the front seat of a car with the heater full blast for an hour....

Any thoughts? I'm betting it starts up and I'll be okay, but I could be wrong. I'm sure I'll be splitting points on this one... like I said I just wanted some others' thoughts on it.

Thanks
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I'm not sure what the temp was (have been thinking about getting one of those cool little laser thermometers) Nor am I sure what it's operating range is. It's an old P2 slot processor system with crazy expansion cards used to control industrial embroidery machines. Finding any info on a board that old probably wouldn't be a fun endeavor. I agree that if I could stand my hand being on the metal case then it probably didn't get hot enough to damage anything, I'm just paranoid and wanted to hear it from someone else.
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Thanks guys... I'll post back here later and let ya know what happens.
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I think it's safe to say that you're probably OK.  General consensus amongst us here.  :)

Let us know how it went with installation.

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Thanks for the help everybody. Sorry there aren't more points to go around. The system booted up and worked just fine. Perhaps I'm overly paranoid... I'm just glad this didn't turn into one hell of an "oops"
Excellent.  It would have been horrible if it DIDN'T work and you had to pay for it.  Good luck on your ventures.

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