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OfflineSillyWilly
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Does the hardware of Computers Deteriote over time?
    #3245773 - 10/12/04 01:29 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Hi, My computer is about 3 years old and I remember when I first got it, the thing was fast effecient, never crached etc..... well over time, its gotten slower and slower and crashes and freezes but heres the thing I dont get....I know your thinkin that its proably all the spyware and software but even if reinstall windows, defrag, delete all files and put everythingf esle on disk....in other words start from blcok 1, my computer still runs like an old man. Does the actual internal hardware like the intel processor or wat not deterioate over time?


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Re: Does the hardware of Computers Deteriote over time? [Re: SillyWilly]
    #3245814 - 10/12/04 01:34 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I think it does, I think i remember reading that in some manual one time, anyways, you mean reinstall windows after reformatting right? yes I guess even if you reformat your disk, their is still some damage to your drive from age. But that should'nt affect speed (out on a limb here,, just guessing) but your processer is what is dying.


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Re: Does the hardware of Computers Deteriote over time? [Re: nugsarenice]
    #3246189 - 10/12/04 03:59 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

A 3.0C Northwood overclocked to 3.6GHz will run fine for 4 years.

*given proper cooling and overclocking


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Re: Does the hardware of Computers Deteriote over time? [Re: daba]
    #3246272 - 10/12/04 05:08 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Have a look at the power capacitors surrounding your CPU to see if they are bulging or leaking
This is a common problem with motherboards around 3 years old since an electronics company was mass producing capacitors with faulty electrolyte.
I had this problem and my computer started crashing until one day it had the weirdest crash I have had in my life and I had to replace the motherboard.


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Re: Does the hardware of Computers Deteriote over time? [Re: SillyWilly]
    #3246485 - 10/12/04 08:54 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Yes the parts will deteriorate over time, but 3 years is NOT very long.

No, the deterioration doesn't usually manifest as crashes or slow speed. The first parts to wear down are the moving parts (hard disk, optical drives, fans, ect). Your processor shouldn't wear down much at all, righ up until the day it just quits working (never actually had a processor do this, and I've had ones running overclocked for 5+ years).

You have fallen into the new-technology trap :smirk:

Your computer is 3 years old, and "obsolete" by today's standards. You have seen new computers and how fast they run (even if you haven't USED one, you've seen it!) and now are subconsciously comparing that speed to your computer's speed. It was fast when you got it...now it's just second rate :wink:

Happens to all of us, don't worry!


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Re: Does the hardware of Computers Deteriote over time? [Re: trendal]
    #3246780 - 10/12/04 12:28 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I considered the possibility it was just me comparing my POS to the brand new stuff but I could sworn the net popped up in the matter of seconds when I first got this thing...thanks for the reply.


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Re: Does the hardware of Computers Deteriote over time? [Re: SillyWilly]
    #3246887 - 10/12/04 01:06 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Well you also have to remember that there are newer versions of web browsers out and such, which are designed with more current hardware in mind and will thus run a bit slower on older hardware than the older browsers did :wink:


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Re: Does the hardware of Computers Deteriote over time? [Re: SillyWilly]
    #3247387 - 10/12/04 03:14 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Components that retain too much heat will sometimes cause a computer to start acting squirrely. Make sure all cooling fans are working and try gently vacuuming off or blowing off accumulated dust from components inside of your computer. I am making no promises that this will help, but in the very least, making sure that your components run cool will ensure their maximum life span.


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