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SubjectRe: Crash

On Mon, 7 May 2001, Alan Cox wrote:

> > Is it possible to screw up the hardware entirely from software? I made
> In an abstract theoretical sense yes. Accidentally almost impossible.

There _were_ some viruses (in M$ world) that added "expensive" operations
to every disk access, such as reading from the extreme ends of the disk,
so that the head of the hard disk might eventually fail.

Also, I have heard a hum coming out of a slightly old monitor (optiplex)
when set to run X with high resolutions (well above horizontal/vertical
frequency limits). This monior eventually failed when operating in the
_safe_ regime. However, I suspect that this was a problem with the monitor
rather than software.



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