Friday, October 3, 2008

Top 4 Reasons for Computer Failure

PCs are more reliable than they used to be, but when it does fail who can you turn for help? Desktops and notebooks bought in the period 2003-2004 were more likely to experience hardware failures than those purchased in 2005 and 2006. Technology is always changing and as time passes maybe we can see major hardware improvements where hardware failure is not such a problem. The only problem is we live in the NOW and hardware failure is happening in offices everyday around the globe. This is where Perfect Integration comes in.

The Director of Operations, Justin French states, “A hardware failure is any incident that requires a component to be replaced”. This can be a hard drive, server, or CD ROM drive. Unsurprisingly, vendors like to keep the numbers private, but Perfect Integration said it gleaned enough data from third-parties and its clients to put a number to failure rates together.
First, desktops. Systems bought in 2003 and 2004 had a seven per cent likelihood of failure in the first year, rising to 15 per cent by the fourth year of usage. The year-one failure rate fell to five per cent for systems bought in 2005 and 2006, French said. It's projecting a year-four failure rate of 12 per cent for these machines.

Notebooks are less reliable than desktops, but that's only to be expected, but the reliability improvement is better. Notebooks bought in 2003 and 2004 had a failure rate of 20 per cent, rising to 28 per cent by year four. Laptops acquired since then have a 15 per cent likelihood of failure in the first year, and Gartner projects a four-year failure rate of 22 per cent.

Hardware failures centre on the usual suspects. For both notebooks and desktops, motherboards and hard drives are the most likely components to fail. With laptops, you can add latches, hinges, feet, cases, keyboards and screens, in that order, to the list.

Screens used to top the list, so its clear notebook makers are getting better at making more robust displays. Either that, or once bitten, twice shy users are being more careful with their machines these days.

Here is Perfect Integration’s top reasons for computer failure:

Top 4 Reason for System Failure

• You must purchase solid hardware
• You need to install windows critical updates
• Beware for pop ups that look like their from Microsoft
• Check your power supply and make sure PC/Server is in a cool place

Click the link below and listen to the Director of Operations for Perfect Integration explain the simple reasons for computer failure:

Call Perfect Integration today and get set-up on their monthly maintenance program. It's only $19.95/Month/PC so you can have a pro-active approach to catching system failure befor it occurs. Call our office @ (760)929-2319.

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Laura Davis
DeLellis and Associates San Diego, CA

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