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Could it be possible to harm you computer just by turning it on?

asked Jul 05 '10 at 15:24

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Madison Tries

Yeah, maybe if you like do something crazy like take out the power button.

answered Jul 05 '10 at 15:25

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Lol. I wouldn't do that.

(Jul 05 '10 at 15:27) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

Not unless you have a virus installed. But there is no physical harm done in turning on a computer, over time you will eventually wear it out, but what would you rather do, not turn it on and preserve the parts for longer, or turn it on and use it for 5 years?

answered Jul 05 '10 at 15:26

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Most computers work for more than five years.

(Jul 06 '10 at 15:09) George George's gravatar image

Yes, if you were electrically charged and zapped it just right with static electricity or were rough with the power button and broke the contacts or something. It's possible to do pretty much anything harmful to a piece of electronics if you try hard enough or are unlucky enough.

answered Jul 05 '10 at 15:28

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I have broken 2 headsets in the past year.

(Jul 08 '10 at 08:47) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

Yes, cold booting a computer is fairly harsh on its internal components.

Capacitors have to charge up, you have heat expansion going on all over the place, hard disks have to spin up which puts wear on the motor, the list goes on. There's also a lot of extra amp draw when you first power on a computer, which puts relatively high load on your power supply for a few moments.

Really, though, this is all normal wear and tear. If you're OCD about rebooting, you might accelerate the wear process, but I doubt it.

answered Jul 05 '10 at 16:20

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there is one situation that could totally destroy your pc just by turning it on, and thats the little red switch on most PSU's. switch it to the wrong voltage and BANG! psu blows up.

take your PC abroad were the voltage is higer and you forget to change the switch to the correct voltage, same thing happens.

answered Jul 06 '10 at 16:25

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How am I supposed to know the voltage is higher?

(Jul 08 '10 at 08:46) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

if you travel to another country you can usually find what voltage there electric grid runs on for domestic usage. all you have to google is something like 'european voltage' and you get the answer.

if you didnt have the use of google, it's still not too difficult, you just have to look on another electrical appliance and it should say.

(Jul 08 '10 at 14:46) roguekiller23231 roguekiller23231's gravatar image

Well, you could unplug all of the fans and then turn it on. Wait about 30 min then see what happens.

answered Jul 06 '10 at 17:29

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