Glow discharge a-Ge:H films produced at substrate temperatures (Tδ) between 50°C and 350°C, with and without a top a-Si:H capping layer, have been studied. The uncapped samples produced at Tδ < 250°C suffer severe post-deposition atmospheric contamination, resulting in orders of magnitude of unstable increase in both the photoresponse and dark conductivity. The capped samples, which have very much reduced immediate post-deposition contamination, show only small increases in the efficiency-mobility-lifetime product (ŋμτ) with increasing Tδ. This contrasts with the results of earlier similar studies on uncapped samples, which showed a peak in either the photoconductivity1 or the ratio of photoconductivity to dark conductivity2 for 150°C < Tδ < 2000C. We have also observed a decrease in the bandgap, a narrowing of the band-tails, an increase in the index of refraction, and a reduction of hydrogen content of the films with increasing Tδ.