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Google Earth Fried My Computer


I downloaded Google Earth and while using it for the first time, it froze pretty hard and my system did a serious pause but was otherwise fine. I had planned to uninstall it, but other things came up. So my son uses Google Earth... and my computer died a mighty horrible death at his hands. I think it fried the motherboard.

Word up: don't download and install Google Earth.

Being a computer guy, I'm not too worried about this. As long as it didn't touch my hard-drive, which is where all my data and work are stored, I'm okay. I've had to replace a motherboard or two before. But never from a single application's usage. And I have a beefy machine: 1 GB of RAM, a screaming AMD processor, 256 MB of video RAM, etc. Plenty of horsepower for an application like this.

I'll be calling Google today and see what they say. I'm not so happy with them today.


by Brett Rogers, 9/15/2006 8:14:10 AM


Did you use the beta 4 version? I have version 3 and have never had a problem, although it is resource pig. I have a feeling this software may have stressed your system but you were headed for a crash anyways. To fry a motherboard, or the processor, you really need to know how to maliciously get at the microcode. I remember the CE's in college laughing as they'd try to melt a processor by throwing it in to an infinite loop (avoided those lab rooms - haha. Will be interesting to see how google responds (if they do). Let us know what they say.



Posted by Anonymous, 9/15/2006 11:17:59 PM

Yep - beta 4. I'll keep you posted.



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 9/16/2006 2:12:26 PM

I'm using the beta version too, and use it heavily for my landscape paintings.

One thing , in case you run into this problem in the future, is that its a good idea to wait until streaming reaches 100% before trying make another view change. It seems to stumble on itself when given too many commands at once. It seems to like to go very slow.

Have fun! It's really a great tool if you can get it to work for you. I just spent two days studying Mt. Everest.

Gloria Hopkins



Posted by Gloria, 9/20/2006 7:59:39 PM

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