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What's the worst thing that can happen to a computer?

By GN48
Jan 12, 2010
  1. Not physically. What, do you think would be the worst hit ever for a computer? A unstoppable virus perhaps. A rootkit installed? Spyware that can never be discovered by Anti-spyware programs?
     
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Worst thing that can happen to a computer?

    Easy....

    Having an ***** pushing the power button!
     
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    :haha:

    No No No, having your ***** brother in law stay for the weekend and do his porno thing!
    (I lost a hard drive that way)

    on the serious side.... a program or virus that destroys your boot sector.
     
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

  5. GN48

    GN48 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 143

    Reply to all

    hmmmf..... That's it!??
     
  6. whatthedeuce484

    whatthedeuce484 TS Rookie

    GN48 you seem dissappointed with the replies but consider this...

    The boot section is basically what tells the computer how to 'wake up'. If that gets destroyed you computer can't start. What if you got a virus that made you unable to wake up? Wouldn't that be pretty horrible?
     
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  8. Terryg

    Terryg TS Rookie Posts: 35

    its easy its called an ID 10 T error
     
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157


    :haha:...well now that's not very nice terry!
     
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    But, unfortunately rather fitting in this instance.

    When thread starters ask for assistance then can't be bothered following troubleshooting advice....
    When poster's tell you that the GTX280's you own aren't compatible with XP x64, because graphics cards are presumably OS dependant...
    When posters tell you that graphics card shader optimizations have no bearing on a games playability....
    When posters ask for assistance because they downloaded warez/cracks/keygen's and in all seriousness wonder why the forum frowns upon them...
    Posters, when faced with questions or advice they don't like, immediately launch into rambling nonsensical, abusive and supposedly comedic posting...

    Does any of this sound familiar GN48?

    In the words of Abraham Lincoln: " Better to remain silent..."
     
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    well i thought it was merely an odd response to 'destroying your boot sector' however....i have heard everyone of those you listed, and many more.
    ....and they want to argue with you over the advice you give. i had the same run in with someone who insisted that there was DX10 for XP. I warned him vehemently about the 'Alky' project.....but he had to see for himself......never heard from him again.
    another quote, although I do not know who its attributed to .....
    " if someone insists on making a fool out of themselves, get out of the way and let them"
     
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    @red1776
    "well i thought it was merely an odd response to 'destroying your boot sector"

    Thought they were aiming elsewhere!

    Surprising this forum doesn't seem to have sticky's. I know it's not hardcore tech site, unlike the forums I tend to frequent at Tweaktown, [H]ocp or OC3D etc., but I thought basic troubleshooting might have warranted them. My personal interest is in optimizing RAM timings and getting the lowest possible synced voltages (Vcore,Vtt, PLL, MCH, ICH, RAM) that will hold a 24/7 overclock, so I have a tendency to answer those queries. Most of the threads revolve around being unsure of how to manually set values in the BIOS or being afraid to uncheck the "Auto" box. Seems a sticky entitled something along the lines of "So you're getting BSOD's and your motherboard chooses your settings" (or something snappier) would save a bit of time and effort. Having a System template wouldn't go amiss, nor would a BIOS template- maybe one for each (American Megatrends, Phoenix-Award and god-help-us Intel).

    Just a thought.
     
  13. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    There is only one thing I can think of happening to your computer that is worse than that: The above happening when your computer's case is open :dead:

    Imagine cleaning that out of fans and heatsinks.
     
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258


    /red reaching for the 80 grit sandpaper
     
  15. GN48

    GN48 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 143

    Oh damn! I hate to imagine that! I don't really want to imagine that!
     
  16. GN48

    GN48 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 143

    I don't really feel disappointed yet, I just thought there were alot more things like that or even worser!

    What do you mean by 'your computer can't start'?

    - can't load windows not even safe mode?
    - BIOS doesn't start?
    - or is it all the above?
     
  17. GN48

    GN48 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 143

    :zzz:
     
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