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Poll: What's the most common cause of system instability?

Bad RAM, failing hard drives, over-heating processors, poorly written drivers, application incompatibilities, and operating system bugs can all lead to an unstable computer. In your experience, which of these is the most likely culprit?

Bad RAM, failing hard drives, over-heating processors, poorly written drivers, application incompatibilities, and operating system bugs can all lead to an unstable computer. In your experience, which of these is the most likely culprit?

Note: I'm purposely omitting "user error" from the list. I want this poll to focus on events that are largely beyond the end user's control.

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