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Thread: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

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    Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    Yes what a stupid quetion. LOL I received this from my brother
    my mother baught it from him for me for Christmas. My brother
    went to IT in somewhere in California and anyways he works now
    at Compusa. Anyways I am having a issue with my Sony VGN-FS 790
    it will not boot onless if i have power supply thingy attach once turn on i can unplug it and still runs. Anyways I told my brother my
    problem. Then I ask him, my battery works a bit more in linux.
    He went nuts on me, because i have linux. And he thinks linux
    is not meant for laptop. He thinks it can ruin it. I think it can
    not ruin my vaio laptop. Even if windows xp driver needs to come
    from sony. Linux is made from millions of people. What do ya
    all think? Can linux, and linux driver ruin a laptop electronics?

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    Re: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    there used to be an issue with the laptop harddrives being on constantly but this was corrected in the 2.6.8 or something kernal and even if its older theyre fixes availble

    but ive heard this many time, i want statistical proof the and operating system can do damage to hard ware in anyway

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    Re: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    lol your brother sounds jealous that you have linux, i doubt that linux could harm your hardware. if you are having power issues it may be a bad charger those things go out pretty frequently.

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    Re: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    I've heard rumors about problems with hard drives and the occasional person blaming linux on battery failure but in reality I think neither is a problem. So many people here use laptops and none of them have problems.

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    Re: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    batteries fail all the time i dont know how anyone can blame that on linux, i used to get almost 2 hours on linux before my laptop broke, and like 1,5 on windows xp and like 1.25 on vista ((those arent really bad numbers it was a 17" screen))

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    Re: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    I, too, have heard rumours. If you have a recent version of Linux running on a fairly new machine, and take reasonable care not to do something stupid, you should be okay......
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    Re: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    I've spent the past 20+ years building, installing and repairing PC's, Servers and Laptops of all flavors. I am highly regarded for my knowledge base. My services are well sought after. I do not work in a Computer Store, though I once did, many years ago.

    No OS, or any other piece of software, physically harms hardware. It just doesn't happen. I've never seen any evidence of it. I've never read any verifiable data that even suggests it.

    Your brother is probably a nice guy. He's probably plenty smart. But if he believes this line of crap, he has been had.
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    Re: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    No, that just doesn't happen. It won't ruin it any more than Vista will.
    Acer Aspire 5520 laptop, AMD Athlon x2 64-bit, 160GB HD, 1GB RAM, nVidia GeForce 7000m, Ubuntu 8.04

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    Re: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zack McCool View Post
    No OS, or any other piece of software, physically harms hardware. It just doesn't happen. I've never seen any evidence of it. I've never read any verifiable data that even suggests it.
    Actually, there are a couple of ways software can ruin some parts of the hardware. Using the wrong frequency on the video drivers can kill the monitor. Also, something that forces a CD or DVD drive to repeatedly start, stop, start, stop, etc. can overheat the drive. But those are rare and they can also happen just as easily with windows (i.e. there's nothing inherent to Linux that would cause problems any more than windows.)

    But kill the motherboard or any card on it? You're right, it ain't gonna happen.

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    Re: Can Linux Os Ruin Laptops?

    Two colleagues of mine, both of which are probably part of these forums, have linux running on their laptops.
    One has Kbuntu running on an Acer and one has Ubuntu running on a mac and an older IBM thinkpad.
    The one with the mac uses it constantly as a media streamer for his living room, has been for a couple of years with no complaints. The one with the acer buys a new laptop every year, but thats because he chucks it across the room like he doesn't care about money. Makes me wanna cry koz I don't have a laptop hahaha.

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