Cold Boot vs. Warm Boot
Posted on 2004-03-25
I'm a bit freaked out because out of anger and fustration of losing my work on a frozen machine, I hit the 'reset' button almost 6 times in row. I do know that a cold (turn off the pc and turn it back on quickly) can really do damage to the resistors/capacitors due to the inrush of power and the lack of time to discharge. On my machine, after hitting the reset button, apparently nothing goes off except for the monitor losing synch with the video card (I really can't tell of any other hardware because the reset happens so fast.)
1. If you hit the pc 'reset' switch say 6 times in a row, should I look to buying new hardware in the next fews days or is a warm reset button boot ok - even under this circumstance?
2. Can doing something as stupid as I did damage any hardware? If so, would it be limited to the Power Supply or ramified to any connected system component?
3. In a warm 'reset' button reboot, is the system temporarily shutdown and restarted - or - are the logic circuits on the hardware simply reset whilst the power remain continuous? Or is this dependant on the system?
4. What actually happens on a warm 'reset' button reboot - not a (start->shutdown->restart boot)?
5. How long should one wait before doing a cold reboot (as in, say, a hardware upgrade)? Is 5 minutes sufficient? According to enermax, the system should not be restarted within a 5 minute time frame of the last shutdown. I wondering if it's the bare minimum or if you should wait longer.