On Mar 10, 2008, at 11:29 AM, Urs Lauterburg wrote:
planetary crash modeling calculations for prototyping tests. I
wondered if he was just unlucky or if anyone else has also
encountered this type of hardware failures. It seems that in both
cases overheating the processor made him go. I think this should in
no way be possible though.
I have sometimes had problems with laptops because of constant compile/
run/debug and number-crunching work. (I tend to run computational
chemistry.) But the problem has not been a processor, but the hard
drive. I have sometimes gone through 2 drives in a 5-year period.
On the other hand, I live in the cold Northeast of the US and would
often carry my computer to work and then start number crunching. (Cold
-> hot cycle!) I think this is generally a bad idea and not really
I agree with other suggestions -- it's usually worthwhile to get
AppleCare on laptops. And backup hard drives (particularly a hot
spare) have saved my life many times! It's great security right before
a big presentation to boot off your backup drive onto someone else's
loaner Mac. Try that on Windows! :-)
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