Welcome guest. Before posting on our computer help forum, you must register. Click here it's easy and free.

Poll

What computer hardware has failed on you before?

Never had a hardware failure
32 (2.1%)
CD-ROM / Disc drive
183 (12%)
Hard drive
219 (14.4%)
Memory
116 (7.6%)
Monitor / Display
134 (8.8%)
Motherboard
131 (8.6%)
Mouse / Keyboard
132 (8.7%)
Network card
62 (4.1%)
Power supply
157 (10.3%)
Processor
62 (4.1%)
Sound card
70 (4.6%)
Speakers
57 (3.8%)
Video card
83 (5.5%)
Other drive
39 (2.6%)
Other
43 (2.8%)

Total Members Voted: 153

Author Topic: January Poll  (Read 33921 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Computer Hope Admin

    Topic Starter
  • Administrator


  • Prodigy

    Thanked: 242
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Computer Hope
  • Certifications: List
  • Computer: Specs
  • Experience: Guru
  • OS: Windows 10
January Poll
« on: January 02, 2008, 06:05:43 PM »
For the month of January and the new year we thought it would be interesting to see how many of you have experienced hardware failure with your computer and what components you've had problems with. This is the first monthly poll Computer Hope has run that allows visitors to vote on more than one option, so feel free to check multiple options if you've experienced hardware failure with multiple devices.

It would also be interesting to hear some stories you have about your hardware failures. For example, a hard drive crash that caused you to loose all your data or have you had a motherboard go out and simply decide to purchase a new computer instead of replacing it.

All past monthly polls and results can also be found on the Computer Hope poll page.
Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.
-Albert Einstein

Computer Hope Admin

    Topic Starter
  • Administrator


  • Prodigy

    Thanked: 242
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Computer Hope
  • Certifications: List
  • Computer: Specs
  • Experience: Guru
  • OS: Windows 10
Re: January Poll
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008, 06:23:19 PM »
I've had multiple hardware failures with different hardware including a modem and fans and heat sinks (not mentioned in the available options). I think my worst failure (and it always seems to be) was a hard drive failure because of the loss of important data even when I backup as often as possible and the need to reinstall everything again.
Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.
-Albert Einstein

Zylstra

  • Moderator


  • Hacker

  • The Techinator!
  • Thanked: 45
    • Yes
    • Technology News and Information
  • Certifications: List
  • Computer: Specs
  • Experience: Guru
  • OS: Windows 7
Re: January Poll
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2008, 08:50:05 PM »
HD Memory PSU

I have had a HDD drive fail, it was 80MB... but, it didnt really have anything important on it. This computer was from the 80's, but the HDD was from the early 90's. IBM!

Also, I have had memory fail, (Hyundai, why have you failed me,) probably due to improper handling...

I have had a PSU fail as well, and still have failed to fix it. Gateway!

My custom made computer (brothers friend built it a long time ago) is my server, its PSU does not function properly. You have to let it sit and start up, it just sits there and moves back and forth, but, it gets going. My molex cable fan pulls enough air through the PSU and the rest of the case, its not like servers sit and overheat or anything.... (or do they...)

soybean



    Genius
  • The first soybean ever to learn the computer.
  • Thanked: 469
  • Computer: Specs
  • Experience: Experienced
  • OS: Windows 10
Re: January Poll
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2008, 09:11:50 PM »
I've had very few hardware failures since I bought my first computer, a Commodore 64 back in the early 80's.  What I have experienced are:

  • CD-ROM
  • Case fan
  • CPU fan (still ran but caused vibration)
  • Processor (one that replaced a 486 processor and boosted the computer to a Pentium 133 MHz; it failed and I reverted back to a 486)
  • Monitor (one that came with a Pentium computer I bought in 1995)
  • Mouse (a PS/2 ball mouse; one of the directional sensors - either vertical or horizontal - became defective)
  • PSU (not really a complete failure, but I determined it was the cause of some sporadic problem that was increasing in frequency)

I have never experienced a hard drive failure.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2008, 07:18:44 AM by soybean »

Zylstra

  • Moderator


  • Hacker

  • The Techinator!
  • Thanked: 45
    • Yes
    • Technology News and Information
  • Certifications: List
  • Computer: Specs
  • Experience: Guru
  • OS: Windows 7
Re: January Poll
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2008, 09:15:12 PM »
Now that I think about it, I have had a CD-ROM failure... it was a much older drive. It just doesn't spin up the disc anymore, it sits in my server still plugged in since it allows the HDD to boot, and I haven't bothered to figure a workaround yet, but, I know its completely possible.

dairyman

  • Guest
Re: January Poll
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2008, 11:48:13 PM »
The CD-ROM failed on me for no reason at all, but I accidentally short circuit the power supply, because I plugged in the printer plug into what I thought was the printer port... It was actually for networking  :-[ :-[

Tripti



    Rookie

    Re: January Poll
    « Reply #6 on: January 03, 2008, 03:58:52 AM »
    As the age of my PC is only 1year and 5 months, there has not been any H/W faliure (touch wood) except that of CD-ROM. It didn't play the video or audio smoothly.
    But as it was in warranty period I had no problem. :)

    ultimatum



      Intermediate
    • Thanked: 3
      Re: January Poll
      « Reply #7 on: January 03, 2008, 11:29:45 PM »
      I had hardware failure with:

      • Monitor
      • Power Supply
      • Video Card
      Its not what you know, its what you can do that counts!

      quaxo



        Guru
      • What, me worry?
      • Thanked: 127
        • Yes
      • Certifications: List
      • Computer: Specs
      • Experience: Guru
      • OS: Windows 10
      Re: January Poll
      « Reply #8 on: January 04, 2008, 12:27:40 AM »
      I've had a problem with most of those over the last 20 years.

      CD-ROM/DVD failures: 3 (from age and use)
      Hard drive failure: 1 (dead disk)
      Memory: 2 (who knows why)
      Monitor/Display: 2 (laptop screen after 7 years, CRT screen of unknown age)
      Network card: 1
      Power supply: 1
      Sound card: 2 (one from electrical shock... oops)
      Other drive: Floppy: 1

      Fortunately, I've not had a problem with motherboards or processors on any of my systems, but I've come across them several times in other computers.

      kuszmania9999



        Adviser

        Thanked: 3
        • citizenship
      • Experience: Beginner
      • OS: Unknown
      Re: January Poll
      « Reply #9 on: January 04, 2008, 12:56:05 AM »
      CRT Monitor....
      I use the monitor for computer and playstation 2, so it's turn on for a long time.Sometimes i will stop when it blow
      LOL...
      Then have a new one, now this is my 5th monitors.

      Calum

      • Moderator


      • Egghead

        Thanked: 238
        • Yes
        • Yes
      • Certifications: List
      • Computer: Specs
      • Experience: Beginner
      • OS: Other
      Re: January Poll
      « Reply #10 on: January 04, 2008, 05:15:13 AM »
      I've had many failures . . . an old CD drive, a blazingly fast HDD that got the click of death one fine sunny day, a monitor that shot sparks from the power socket, a power supply that took out the motherboard and video card, a keyboard and a mouse that died together, and some speakers which decided to make a very weird noise, then stop working.
      Plus, a memory card reader that ate my phone's memory card (it's still in there), a laptop screen that cracked wide open, and a webcam that doesn't work at all.  Oh, and about 5 cameras and/or memory cards.
      Tech products hate me.

      Sidewinder



        Guru

        Thanked: 126
      • Experience: Familiar
      • OS: Windows 10
      Re: January Poll
      « Reply #11 on: January 04, 2008, 05:36:40 AM »
      I have a HDD that has been reporting imminent failure and to backup my data immediately. This imminent failure has been going on for five years. I have been through multiple Syjets where the motors froze or the the disks got stuck. I've had no luck with tape drives, went through 4 before settling on a network external disk for backup.

      All in all, I've been pretty lucky when it come to hardware.

       8)

      The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

      -- Albert Einstein

      soybean



        Genius
      • The first soybean ever to learn the computer.
      • Thanked: 469
      • Computer: Specs
      • Experience: Experienced
      • OS: Windows 10
      Re: January Poll
      « Reply #12 on: January 04, 2008, 07:30:11 AM »
      I've had no luck with tape drives, went through 4 before settling on a network external disk for backup.
      Ah, tape drives.  I forgot about that one.  I had a Sony tape drive that destroyed two tapes before I decided to abandon it; that drive had to be one of the worst products ever made by Sony.

      Zhaiphos



        Rookie

      • Gangsta Dawg
        Re: January Poll
        « Reply #13 on: January 04, 2008, 09:01:44 AM »
        The most bizzare thing I've had trouble with is the motherboard ..
        It was simply an accident though because there was a crack in the motherboard itself that probably occured during fabrication :)
        .. SUX to be me XD ^^

        Zylstra

        • Moderator


        • Hacker

        • The Techinator!
        • Thanked: 45
          • Yes
          • Technology News and Information
        • Certifications: List
        • Computer: Specs
        • Experience: Guru
        • OS: Windows 7
        Re: January Poll
        « Reply #14 on: January 04, 2008, 08:49:39 PM »
        Now that I think about it... I have had an LCD Monitor stop working, it was the power inverter inside it... it burned out, and now, a dead monitor is sitting up in the closet at my dads