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I have a Pioneer touchscreen in my car that plays music from my SD card and it was about $1000. However, when it's cold outside (lower than about 50 F - compared to the typical 80 F here) it always glitches out and starts skipping around to random songs. This is definitely related to the external air temperature and I find it very strange.

Is this just a poorly made unit, or would it be installed incorrectly, or is it normal for touchscreens to malfunction when it's colder than usual?
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Must be defective, otherwise Pioneer could not sale their wares in Canada or half of the other countries around the globe. Take it back.
 
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I don't have any quantifiable data for touchscreens, but if it helps, my Clarion VZ400 touchscreen always malfunctions in the cold as well; given that I'm in Canada I rarely find that it actually works. Mine doesn't show any glitching or audio functionality problems, but the touchscreen itself becomes difficult to navigate because of lack of responsiveness to touch input. On the other hand my tablet and phone touchscreens are totally unaffected by cold temperatures, so clearly there's some cheaping out happening.
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I have a Pioneer touchscreen in my car that plays music from my SD card and it was about $1000. However, when it's cold outside (lower than about 50 F - compared to the typical 80 F here) it always glitches out and starts skipping around to random songs. This is definitely related to the external air temperature and I find it very strange.
Is this just a poorly made unit, or would it be installed incorrectly, or is it normal for touchscreens to malfunction when it's colder than usual?
It is actually normal for touchscreens to malfunction under cold temperatures. You can check the operating specifications in your manual however, keep in mind that the operating temperature range specifies the extremes on each end. If you are nearing the lower limit you will start to lag, exhibit unusual behavior such as "sticky" commands, delays, etc.

Some of my old high-end Alpine decks would have the LCD displays move in "slow motion" when the temperatures are around/below zero (Celsius). Of course this stops happening a few minutes after I start driving because the cabin heats up and then there are no problems. It would only happen if the vehicle sat in the cold for a while.

Just as an example, people typically assume that their touchscreen phones work fine in the cold but they forget that their phone is not actually sitting out in the cold air. It is typically in your pocket, or shielded in your bag. Leave your iPhone at -5C/-10C for about 20-30 minutes and pick it up and see if it is as responsive as it should be. It almost certainly won't be. I'm just using this as an example since somebody above pointed out that the phones do not have an issue and that your unit is defective.

I'm telling you, check the operating temperatures, and if you are within 10C of the minimum you will likely have issues.
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It is actually normal for touchscreens to malfunction under cold temperatures. You can check the operating specifications in your manual however, keep in mind that the operating temperature range specifies the extremes on each end. If you are nearing the lower limit you will start to lag, exhibit unusual behavior such as "sticky" commands, delays, etc.
Some of my old high-end Alpine decks would have the LCD displays move in "slow motion" when the temperatures are around/below zero (Celsius). Of course this stops happening a few minutes after I start driving because the cabin heats up and then there are no problems. It would only happen if the vehicle sat in the cold for a while.
Just as an example, people typically assume that their touchscreen phones work fine in the cold but they forget that their phone is not actually sitting out in the cold air. It is typically in your pocket, or shielded in your bag. Leave your iPhone at -5C/-10C for about 20-30 minutes and pick it up and see if it is as responsive as it should be. It almost certainly won't be. I'm just using this as an example since somebody above pointed out that the phones do not have an issue and that your unit is defective.
I'm telling you, check the operating temperatures, and if you are within 10C of the minimum you will likely have issues.

You're right. It seems a little silly though if Pioneer is telling me I need to start heating my garage just to listen to the radio in my car. Any workarounds for this, or brands that can withstand lower temperatures?
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post #6 of 7
My Kenwood I had a while back would do this too. I had an Alpine that wasn't touch screen that also acted crazy when I first start the car and it's cold outside.
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odd i have a Pioneer 3200DVD and for the last 3 years i have owned it theres not be any issues with it not working regardless of the temp outside
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