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Usually I say "my computer crashes" when the computer stops working suddenly. I just wonder if I can say "my computer is dead" to mean the same? I saw this expression on the web.
Are these two expressions both used? Thanks in advance.
Personally, I would only say "My computer is dead" when it is completely broken and unfixable and I have to throw it away.
However, "dead" is certainly used to mean that it's just not responding but that might be a temporary issue. "I just tried to switch on my computer and it's completely dead". I wouldn't use it to mean that the computer was working fine but then suddenly stopped.
When a computer crashes, that suggests that it was working fine but then, in the middle of doing something, it suddenly stopped working. You can use "crash" simply for when any program or software suddenly stops working.
- I was halfway through writing my CV when Microsoft Word crashed.
- Every time I try to load Outlook Express, it crashes.
Something can also cause your computer to crash, in which case you can use it like this:
- Whenever I load Microsoft Powerpoint, it crashes my computer!
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In computer science there exists an effect called "deadlock", which means that at least two programs are blocking each other because they both need access to the same ressources. (You can find details on Wikipedia). In earlier days an operating system could easily freeze once a deadlock occured. You can escape the deadlock situation by killing some of the involved programs/processes which can in turn result in a system crash. All in all it seems plausible to me to refer to a computer as "dead" when its operating system crashes due to software problems only.
Last edited by mathias_r; 14-Jul-2012 at 15:15.
Perhaps when we have feeling robots, we will be more careful in describing their malfunctions.
For a terminal state of deadness I've heard kaput used (informally). When a new computer is delivered but shows no sign of life I've also heard the term 'DOA' used (= Dead On Arrival).