How to force technical malfunction

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Manuela, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. Manuela

    Manuela MDL Novice

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    Is there a easy way to force a technical failure in a laptop? Manipulation should be invisible to manufacturer repair service. Is there a better way than overheat the system?
     
  2. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    Inject water under the GPU and wait a few days or show it a video of Miley Cyrus twerking.
     
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  3. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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  4. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    Miley would just overheat it again and water might leave spots that could be detected. try updating the wrong bios, if it takes it'll never boot up
     
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  5. Antilope

    Antilope MDL Member

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    #5 Antilope, Oct 17, 2015
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    Shuffle your feet on the carpet while stroking a cat and repeatedly touching the laptop cpu leads with moist fingers. :clap:

    If there is a handy electrical storm nearby, wear a tinfoil hat while holding the laptop under one arm and extending the other arm, while holding a metal golf club that is pointed at the full moon, while standing in a wading pool full of salty water in your backyard. Then allow nature to take its course. ;)
     
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  6. QuantumBug

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    This thread is getting more dangerous by the second, first person to lose a hand gets a free bagel.
     
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  7. Antilope

    Antilope MDL Member

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    If it's an HP laptop, just turn it on and use it for a while.
     
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  8. Manuela

    Manuela MDL Novice

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    Okay, I see nobody here is a expert ;)
     
  9. Engineer2k2

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    I believe in constructive thought and not destructive - no matter what may be the situation. I respect all my gadgets whether they work properly or not.:cool:
     
  10. eemuler

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    Even if we told you a way, many repair technicians are members here. They'll read it too. :rolleyes:

    You haven't mentioned it, but I'm assuming you don't want to void the warranty. ;)
     
  11. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Of course she doesn't :biggrin:
    Anyways I think is very hard to find a way to cheat repair service damaging the laptop sans losing warranty, unless the UEFI/BIOS firmware flash. But nowadays its very difficult if not impossible to find a system which can undergo a firmware flash with the wrong files.
     
  12. BadgerJoe

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    take the LCD bezel off, disconnect the display cable from the LCD panel, turn the unit on and plug the display cable back in while it is on.
    Of course be careful not to get zapped. When you take it back to wherever you bought it, they won't look behind the LCD panel. And if they do, they will assume it is a natural failure. With any luck the damage will also spread to the video port on the motherboard.
    Depending on the cost of the repair, they may decide to either refund your money or give you another unit.
    As to how to remove the LCD bezel and disconnect the display cable....google it.
     
  13. Mr.X

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    Sounds really interesting... never crossed my mind. Did you happen to experiment with this forced "failure"? lol
     
  14. BadgerJoe

    BadgerJoe MDL Novice

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    I work for an OEM doing refurb and testing. I see quite a bit of strange things.
     
  15. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    Actually I've been a hardware engineer for 10 years now. But like other people have said, I also respect my gadgets as money isn't free.

    I wouldn't be stupid enough to miss purpose manipulation so why should RMA centres that look for this stuff every single day?
     
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  16. BadgerJoe

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    Big box stores like Best Buy and Walmart don't check any returns.
    We get a least one or two units a week where someone has bought a new machine, swapped the guts out with an old computer and returned it. Or they take parts out and return it.
    My favorite find was an old Packard Bell that they somehow crammed into a new machine..it had a Connor HDD from 1993 in it and two cans of Peas taped inside for weight. We displayed that one for awhile as a laugh.
     
  17. Engineer2k2

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    And all that crap got approved for replacement ? :eek:
     
  18. BadgerJoe

    BadgerJoe MDL Novice

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    Nope...It was determined to be BER (Beyond Economical Repair).
    In the grand scheme of things, OEMs don't seem to care about something that small. Sure, its 500 bucks to us, but to them its an amount so trivial as to be meaningless. For them to track the unit back to the returner, then have them track down the fraudster and then prove they did it, it is not worth it to them.
    It is all part of the cost of doing business. You get some fraud and theft and breakage and inventory mistakes and in the end, the amount isn't worth them worrying about.