Questions tagged [physical-environment]

Physical environment refers to the effect of the physical environment, such as temperature, power, wireless transmission obstacles, and weather, on hardware performance. If your question refers to the user's environment or the computer setup or workspace, use the [work-environment] tag.

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Debugging Unexpected System Shutdown

NOTE: Original post is truncated to be inline with the spirit of a StackExchange post (An answer to a question). However, the the journaling I was doing is still valuable as I describe my process: I'...
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CentOS server migration (physical type of migration only HDD)

I need your help regarding "phyisical" migration of the CentOS server. At the moment my CentOS is installed on the C220 Cisco server, but in next couple of weeks I will get another C220 that ...
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Do you need a HDD with a sensor? [closed]

I searched for HDDs and found out that they can have sensors, related to "shake" and other events, that ensure that stuff doesn't break. My question is, if or when do you need an HDD with ...
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How to keep HDD healthy in a high-vibration environment? [closed]

HDD is the single most often failing component in the history of PCs and laptops owned by me. (RAM is the second most often failing one.) Quite frankly, I'm sick of these failures. The previous one ...
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Linux command to tell if the machine is physical or virtual

How can we check whether the machine is a physical or virtual one in Linux? Which command can be used?
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Can humidity damage electronic devices?

My small vacation apartment has no cooker hood and even the simplest kitchen task, boiling water, creates condensation on windows. I try to keep a window open whenever possible. At what point can high ...
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Effects of ammonia fumes on computer hardware

At my company we have recently started printing film for use in our flexible packaging conversion operations. The printing process utilizes inks with a pungent ammonia fume (I think it's used as a ...
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Storing a printer and a scanner in a damp cellar for 3+ months

I need to store a printer and a scanner in a damp cellar environment for a couple of months. Is there a way to package them to protect them from damage?
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External USB hard drive and risk of internal condensation?

Apparently you can kill a USB hard drive by moving it from a cold to warm environment and powering it up. The killer being internal condensation. Q1: How real is the risk? What kind of temperatures ...
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What could possibly go wrong if a laptop was kept in a kitchen? [closed]

I have the need to place a laptop in a restaurant's kitchen, but I'm worried that the cooking smells would stick to it and make it less pleasant (and possibly unhygienic) to use. This kitchen will ...
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Wi-Fi adapter in a Dell Inspiron keeps disconnecting

I’m using a Dell Inspiron and the Wi-Fi adapter keeps on disconnecting, it allows me to connect using ethernet. I know that it isn’t disabling since it isn’t turned off, it doesn’t even give me the ...
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What could be causing multiple computers in an office to restart?

Two months ago, one of the computers in our office began to restart randomly. The restarts didn't seem to follow any pattern - the CPU temperature never fluctuated and it happened both when idle and ...
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Commuting with a laptop that is powered on

How safe is it to leave my laptop running a build or other time-consuming task when I am traveling? I mostly travel on a two-wheeler, with my laptop in a backpack, strapped vertically to my back (left ...
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Wifi in a noisy environment: diagnosing connection errors

I have a DSL router (dlink dsl 2640b) with 802.11 b/g support. In the last few years the DSL connection worked fine as well as the Wifi. Recently however the wifi started to be problematic. ...
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How do I physically prevent people from unplugging an Ethernet cable?

We have a crowded computer laboratory. We render free Ethernet ports for laptop users. But they don't carry their Ethernet cables with them, they unplug cable of a fixed desktop PC and plug it to ...
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Are there any disadvantages of having a "free fall sensor" on a hard disk drive?

This is a general question that came out of a specific comparison between the Western Digital Scorpio WD3200BEKT and Western Digital Scorpio WD3200BJKT (which is the same as the former but with a free ...
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What to expect in permanent installations of ethernet cable

In my line of work I recently encountered someone who had a DHCP problem, but only with certain hardware and only via certain cables. The cables that we found out caused the problems were in the walls ...
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Safety Guide for Riding in a Car with a Laptop? [closed]

Besides the obvious - needing to get yourself a good enough power cable to attach to the cigarette lighter - what other tips do you need to protect your notebook when on the road? For example, Are ...
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Prepare desktop for a long-distance move

I'm moving soon and I'm trying to figure out a way to move my computer hardware. A have a shiny new desktop. In past long-distance moves, I had older desktops and I didn't care if they broke. Ditto my ...
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Difference between indoor and outdoor WiFi Access Points

Does anyone know if there is an operational difference between what is classified as an 'indoor' wifi access point and an 'outdoor' wifi access point. I'm speaking specifically to its operation ...
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Blu-ray BD-R: Would you physically store it in a CaseLogic Wallet pocket?

I keep several backup copies of my material and files. For my DVDs, one set of copies is kept in a CaseLogic wallet folder pack, so that I can easily move this around when visiting friends, family or ...
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water cooler fan in my computer room

Is using water cooler fan in my computer room HARMFUL for the internal parts of the computer system?
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Operating altitude for a MacBook Pro?

I saw on the Apple website that the MacBook pro has a maximum operating altitude. Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet Does this mean that I should not use it on a plane? Or is this just a ...
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Is air conditioning necessary for a desktop PC or Server if I live in a hot region?

Is air conditioning necessary for a desktop PC or Server if I live in a region where summer temperature is 48 centigrade?
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How to prevent corosion damage in a salt air environment?

I am fortunate enough to live at the beach and am a big electronic gadget guy. Almost every afternoon there is a solid onshore wind that blows in the house. The dust that comes off the beach has a ...
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Best environment for your PC Tower

I recently moved into an apartment building that has a small study with a built-in desk. My tower is now played beneath the desk in a very tight spot. I'm not sure how much ventilation it gets, but I ...