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#1 Surma


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Posted 02 February 2010 - 04:14 PM

Could someone explain exactly what happens inside the computer when:
A: A program crashes
B: The computer crashes

While you are at it, do you know any site with noce, comprehendable informaion about these kind of things so i dont have to come here with every question i have. I didnt understand the wikipedia article.
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#2 JohnWho


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Posted 02 February 2010 - 05:18 PM

Which Wikipedia article?

I'll take a shot at a very simplified set of answers:

"Program crash" would mean that a specific program, while running, doesn't complete properly in some manner and may not release control back to the operating system

"Computer crash" could be either the operating system locking up or exiting in an improper manner, or a failure of one of the hardware components (CPU, RAM, HD, etc.)

"Hard drive crash" (I know, you didn't ask this one) specifically applies to either the hard drives mechanical components breaking down and causing a problem or the hard drives electronics failing.

Remember, I said "simplified".

I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!

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