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Can software damage hardware?How?

How software can pull hardware down?I'm curious cuz some softwares drain battery

29th Nov 2020, 5:57 AM
Ruby Parker
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Ruby Parker Yes its possible but draining of battery has nothing to deal with serious damaging the hardware as battery draining is a common phenomenon but still its a prob.... Yes its possible tht software can damage hardware like high end or heavy softwares or spammy or defected softwares . For Eg: Coding a virus that instructs your computer to turn off the cooling fans, causing your device to overheat tremendously and eventually damaging its hardware is possible... But still Lets assume software won't damage the hardware. Think on the Bright side and be cautious .Lol
29th Nov 2020, 6:30 AM
Alphin K Sajan
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Constantly running software can overload and overheat the CPU especially when adequate heat sinks or cooling mechanisms are not used. This can damage the CPU, motherboard etc.
30th Nov 2020, 2:24 AM
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Ruby Parker Generally the answer is software cannot damage hardware. ... Software in many cases now has hardware control of devices attached to it therefore malfunctioning software can cause damage to the physical hardware. Source: https://superuser.com/questions/313850/can-some-software-physically-damage-hardware#:~:text=Generally%20the%20answer%20is%20software%20cannot%20damage%20hardware.&text=Software%20in%20many%20cases%20now,damage%20to%20the%20physical%20hardware.
29th Nov 2020, 6:15 AM
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For software to damage hardware there has to be a compatibility problem Or The software itself has been specifically engineered or manipulated to damage the hardware
30th Nov 2020, 1:12 PM
Izaiah Kay
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Yes it possible because they control the hardware
29th Nov 2020, 7:14 AM
George S Mulbah II
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Yes it can be all the softwares are run on hardware thats why there are lot of possibilities like if any command spammed or any software in background it can make your device really heated or sometimes it lags a lot or gets slow.
30th Nov 2020, 7:52 AM
Sayyam Jain
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Easily Disclaimer - Don't try this at home Just write an infinite loop in any language. This will heat up your pc and finally burst it.
30th Nov 2020, 10:46 AM
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Heavy software apps can cause overload on CPU, running a while or for loop without stating the break point might cause damage to your PC
30th Nov 2020, 8:21 PM
Aderibigbe Samuel
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Yes, but rarely
1st Dec 2020, 3:09 AM
Mahmud Suberu
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Thomas 😆 Have u tried reprogramming an eeprom of a laptop with newer firmware and it worked. I think that qualifies under compatibility
1st Dec 2020, 7:41 AM
Izaiah Kay
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If the life of your hardware depends on the cycles, it can also be damaged by running out of cycles
30th Nov 2020, 2:00 PM
KulcsĂĄr Ladislav
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Of course it can, in many ways. Think, for example, of a virus that makes a device unresponsive, not too much, just at the right point. The owner will develop rage and eventually blow off with the device, causing hardware damage.
30th Nov 2020, 10:58 PM
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IzaiaH KaY I dont think firmware really counts as software... and also its pretty hard for firmware to actually damage hardware.
1st Dec 2020, 3:03 PM
Aria - avatar
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IzaiaH KaY Where did you get the notion that a compatibility problem can damage hardware? The idea seems almost laughable...
1st Dec 2020, 5:23 AM
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