Investigating Hardware Issues

Hardware issues are not always hardware related. Most electronic equipment lasts a very long time if operated within its performance matrix. If the device is going to fail, it will usually do so during the first few weeks of operation. This period of time is known as the burn-in phase. After the burn-in phase, the device should operate OK. Of course, this does not say anything about the software that is required to make the device function properly. Nearly all reputable component manufacturers sign their device drivers with a digital signature. This is more than an artist signing a fine piece of art; it is more about authentication that the driver is genuine. This is vitally important as most device drivers run with ...

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