What Does Frotzed Mean?

Frotzed refers to any computer that is temporarily unavailable or malfunctioning due to hardware problems, but with repair can be easily returned to working condition. It describes any computer that has undergone any minor hardware-related problem and is repairable without adding or replacing parts or components.


Techopedia Explains Frotzed

In contrast to fried, when a system is down and requires serious work before its restored and turned on, a computer system can be frotzed for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • The A/C power wire is intentionally or unintentionally unplugged from the wall socket.

  • Dust accumulates within the random access memory (RAM), restricting the computer start.

  • The computer RAM is not properly installed in its jumpers.

  • The display cable is not inserted properly.


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