Does Linux damage your PC hardware?

Discussion in 'Linux' started by winmaniac, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. winmaniac

    winmaniac MDL Novice

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    A few years ago I installed Linux Mint and later openSuse for a few times on my PC, dual booting with Win 7. I regret to inform you that these installations once damaged the motherboard and twice the graphic cards. So now when I think about dual booting my PC with a Linux distro it worries me. May be the Linux distros need optimizations like producing less heat or some other. If thats the case kindly inform me. Otherwise I would rather install SteamOS instead of the regular distros. At least SteamOS would be more optimized and refined than the other distros.:g:
     
  2. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    No, Linux did not damage your hardware
     
  3. winmaniac

    winmaniac MDL Novice

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    How? I have never had any hardware problems using Windows. The mentioned problems only occured during the times I installed the above mentioned Linux distros. :confused:
     
  4. Mutoid

    Mutoid MDL Member

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    For all practical purposes , it is impossible for any software to physically damage hardware .

    The only ( extreme ) case I could imagine is if you ran stress-testing routines , 24/7 , in which case you may
    see acute overheating.

    It would be like " the wrong sort of thinking " putting you in the ER with physical injuries ..... it's never going to happen !
     
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  6. Meat[On]A[Stick]

    Meat[On]A[Stick] MDL Junior Member

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    And too many people die in the hospital - better avoid those as well.
     
  7. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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  8. Antilope

    Antilope MDL Member

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    I have used Windows for about 25 years. Now most of those PC's are dead. :D Especially the PCs from 1990, 1996 and 2003. :eek: Windows killed them all.

    So that's why I now use Linux. :biggrin:
     
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  9. winmaniac

    winmaniac MDL Novice

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    First I wish to clarify that I am serious in what I posted above and I didn't post this just to make fun of you i.e it's not a troll. As all of you think that Linux doesn't damage PC hardware I have no option but to agree with you. May be whatever happened to my PC hardware was a coincident. Anyway there must be utilities and methods to measure system temperature and to control and optimize it for Linux. If you could give me some information for that I would appreciate that.:)
     
  10. SpeedDream

    SpeedDream MDL Addicted

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    get psensor and you get some kind of aida64 tool
     
  11. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    @winmaniac: It's possible that there might have been a weird combination of hardware / software that may have fried your MoBo.
    You might have had a spike on the AC line which caused a component to fail. Or possibly a thermal problem which may have occurred simply because it was time.

    Do You remember the make and model of the computer / MoBo that failed? That would help everyone here to look around and research it further.
     
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  12. November_Zulu

    November_Zulu MDL Junior Member

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    Linuxed raped me, made me pregnant and now denies paternity.
     
  13. John Sutherland

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    #14 John Sutherland, Dec 5, 2015
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  14. winmaniac

    winmaniac MDL Novice

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    It was 5 or 6 years ago. I had two Pentium 4 desktops. Both had Nvidia 5200 graphic cards and the motherboards were intel. Don't remember the model no. o_O
     
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  16. netlords

    netlords MDL Novice

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    I wouldn't agree with that. Software controls Hardware.
    For example you can overclock a CPU or GPU until its broken.
    Or you can adjust the Frequency of an Monitor until....

    IMHO years ago there was an virus which destroyed the computer bios.


    But I fully agree to MrMagic

     
  17. XxBrazilianoxX

    XxBrazilianoxX MDL Member

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    I have some graphics issues after trying some linux distros over the past 2 weeks that even after I wiped my linux drive, I'm still experencing it.
    GTX 770 and AMD 990FX board. (Blurry text, pixelized text)

    I will check if it's maybe a monitor issue that just happened at the same time.

    Will report back!
     
  18. shrinivas

    shrinivas MDL Junior Member

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    Once I tried to install Arch Linux in my Desktop PC, the most geeky (or the dumbest, it is your choice), I couldn't install fan-controllers. The result was that all the fans were spinning and created so much noise ! Luckily nothing was damaged ! I do believe that software can damage hardware.
    Regards
     
  19. skunkos

    skunkos MDL Novice

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    Well, any modern hardware should have (and usually has) protection circuits and internal firmware, which protects HW against out-of-bounds settings. Software should never EVER brake hardware (not including bugs in SW which make plane crash).

    It probably just erased BIOS from EEPROM, did not it?