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Education any bad engineering design ideas??

Discussion in 'General' started by Lineage, 5 Oct 2007.

  1. Lineage

    Lineage What's a Dremel?

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    hi all,
    i m working on an assignment about bad engineering design in computer engineering, and i want to know if any of u guys have any ideas
    an bad engineering dsign could be somthing like laptop too heavy, or faulty design in pentium 4
    its an university assignment, so a more dept and easy topic would be very very very pleased :D

    ty all in advance :)
     
  2. Loz

    Loz Blah Blah

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  3. RTT

    RTT #parp

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  4. MilkMan5

    MilkMan5 Yeah man...

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    How about the Mac vs PC Ads - HAHA

    Okay, maybe not
     
  5. Bungle

    Bungle Rainbow Warrior

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    How about the Xbox 360 Thermal problems?
     
  6. Hells_Bliss

    Hells_Bliss What's a Dremel?

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  7. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    That comes down to insufficient testing in multiple environments
     
  8. Stuey

    Stuey You will be defenestrated!

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    Well, my first laptop (6 years ago) suffered from overheating after a while. I cracked that baby open and found that a thick thermal pad was used between the CPU and heatsink assembly. The ~1mm thick pad had become brittle over the years and was deformed to the point where much of the CPU and the heatsink weren't in contact with it at all.
     
  9. Lineage

    Lineage What's a Dremel?

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    Pentium FDIV bug is a good one
    narrower topic is easier to do than broad topic :p
    any more ideas??

    thank you :)
     
  10. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    Most laptops are. Sharp corners, wrong plastics and wrong power plugs for the stresses that they will be subject to. Screen hinges crack and screen frames warp as you open and close them, because again the stresses of this action have not been considered.

    Apple Macbooks are a shining example of how it is done right.
     
  11. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    There were a number of heat-sinks around some years back where fitting by ham-fisted users caused them to crack the CPU core; not really a serious design fault but it spawned a sub-industry in shims and AMD fitted corner pads on later CPUs to aid proper fitting.

    There was a sticky in Hardware listing the worst offenders, 'heatsink cracked core' will google up lots of info.
     
  12. Gooey_GUI

    Gooey_GUI Wanted: Red Shirts

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    Requirements Gone Bad

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  13. Amon

    Amon inch-perfect

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    Intel's desperate push to compete against the new Barton-core Athlons, resulting in some strange results, such as the obscenely expensive "Extreme Edition" processors based on the fireball of a Prescott core.
     
  14. Lineage

    Lineage What's a Dremel?

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    is there anymore topic other than laptop design? coz we need to use a refence book from school library and there isnt alot of them.. :wallbash:
     
  15. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    What about bridge collapses? The millennium bridge in London springs to mind, as does the bridge in the US that opened 50-60 years ago (not sure what it's called, but it always gets shown on any programmes related to bridges)
    EDIT: This one -

    Not sure where it is though.
     
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  16. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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  17. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    Well, there you go.

    Ask and you shall receive :D
     
  18. alastor

    alastor Minimodder

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  19. Bungle

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    "i m working on an assignment about bad engineering design in computer engineering" I think the OP is only interested in North Bridges TBH.;)
     
  20. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    Sorry, my bad.
     
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