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[[Image:SystemFailure.jpg|thumb|right|System Failure Computer Screen]]
 
[[Image:SystemFailure.jpg|thumb|right|System Failure Computer Screen]]
 
[[Image:SystemFailurePrintOut.jpg|thumb|right|System Failure recorded on the Pearl's [[Log printout]]]]
 
[[Image:SystemFailurePrintOut.jpg|thumb|right|System Failure recorded on the Pearl's [[Log printout]]]]
'''"System Failure"''' is an event that occurs in [[the Swan]] [[station]] a few seconds after the [[Countdown Timer]] reaches zero. Once the [[Hieroglyphs]] are all displayed, the [[electromagnetism|electromagnetic]] force near the concrete wall in the Hatch begins to build rapidly, pulling any and all magnetic metallic objects inward from increasingly great distances. (Non-ferromagnetic metals, such as copper, aluminum and brass are not visibly affected; this is why [[Desmond]]'s key was not affected by the force.) The words ''system failure'' repeatedly scroll across the screen of [[Station 3 Computer|the Computer]] and a corresponding printout of the event is produced at [[the Pearl]]. The speakers also repeat "System Failure," with a female voice.
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'''System Failure''' was an event that would occur in [[the Swan]] [[station]] if the [[the Numbers|code]] was not entered into [[Station 3 Computer|the computer]] by the time the [[countdown timer]] reached zero. [[Hieroglyphs]] would be displayed after a few seconds, and then the [[electromagnetism|electromagnetic]] force near the concrete wall in the Hatch would begin to build rapidly, pulling any and all magnetic metallic objects inward from increasingly great distances. (Non-ferromagnetic metals, such as copper, aluminum and brass were not visibly affected; this is why [[Desmond]]'s key was not affected by the force.) The words "''System Failure''" would repeatedly scroll across the screen of the computer, and a corresponding printout of the event would be produced at [[the Pearl]]. There would also be a loud alarm sound, and the [[speakers]] would repeat "system failure," with a female voice.
   
If the Computer is intact, there remains time to enter the numbers and prevent further damage.
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If the electromagnetic force hadn't yet destroyed the computer, there would still be time to enter the numbers and terminate the System Failure, preventing further damage.
   
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==Occurrences==
 
At least two system failures are known with certainty to have occurred:
 
At least two system failures are known with certainty to have occurred:
# On [[September 22|September 22, 2004]] at [[4]]:[[16]] (dated by the [[log printout]]), also the day of [[The Crash]], a.k.a. [[Post-crash_timeline|Day 1]]. [[Desmond]] believes that he caused [[The Crash|the crash]] of [[Flight 815]] when his absence from the Hatch led to a brief system failure.
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# On [[September 22|September 22, 2004]] at [[4]]:[[16]] (dated by the [[log printout]]), [[Desmond]] believed that he caused [[The Crash|the crash]] of [[Flight 815]] when his absence from the Hatch led to a brief system failure.
# On [[Timeline:November_2004#Day_66_-_Friday.2C_November_26.2C_2004|November 26, 2004]], when [[Locke]] decides not to [[push the button]]. After Locke causes the Day 66 system failure, Desmond attempts to rectify the situation by using the [[Fail Safe|fail safe]]. This in turn is followed by [[The Discharge]].
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# On [[Timeline:November_2004#Day_66_-_Friday.2C_November_26.2C_2004|November 26, 2004]], [[Locke]] decided not to [[push the button]] and threw the computer to the floor, preventing Desmond from entering the code. Desmond attempted to rectify the situation by using the [[Fail Safe|fail-safe]] mechanism. This in turn was followed by the [[discharge]].
   
 
==Unanswered questions==
 
==Unanswered questions==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Push the Button]]
 
*[[Push the Button]]
*[[Failsafe]]
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*[[Fail-safe]]
*[[The Discharge]]
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*[[The discharge]]
   
 
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Revision as of 10:20, October 15, 2007

Hieroglyphics

System Failure Hieroglyphics

SystemFailure

System Failure Computer Screen

SystemFailurePrintOut

System Failure recorded on the Pearl's Log printout

System Failure was an event that would occur in the Swan station if the code was not entered into the computer by the time the countdown timer reached zero. Hieroglyphs would be displayed after a few seconds, and then the electromagnetic force near the concrete wall in the Hatch would begin to build rapidly, pulling any and all magnetic metallic objects inward from increasingly great distances. (Non-ferromagnetic metals, such as copper, aluminum and brass were not visibly affected; this is why Desmond's key was not affected by the force.) The words "System Failure" would repeatedly scroll across the screen of the computer, and a corresponding printout of the event would be produced at the Pearl. There would also be a loud alarm sound, and the speakers would repeat "system failure," with a female voice.

If the electromagnetic force hadn't yet destroyed the computer, there would still be time to enter the numbers and terminate the System Failure, preventing further damage.

Occurrences

At least two system failures are known with certainty to have occurred:

  1. On September 22, 2004 at 4:16 (dated by the log printout), Desmond believed that he caused the crash of Flight 815 when his absence from the Hatch led to a brief system failure.
  2. On November 26, 2004, Locke decided not to push the button and threw the computer to the floor, preventing Desmond from entering the code. Desmond attempted to rectify the situation by using the fail-safe mechanism. This in turn was followed by the discharge.

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
  1. Do not answer the questions here.
  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: System Failure/Theories
  • What System fails during a System Failure?
  • When the system failure happens, a large machine can be heard turning on. Is the machine a magnetic force generator, and you have to push the button every 108 minutes to prevent it turning on?
  • What happens behind the wall when a system failure occurs?
  • Why did DHARMA choose to use Hieroglyphs in their counter?
  • Did a System Failure cause the sealing of the area?
  • Why is it that within the time period of 108 minutes that the magnetic force is weak and can be controlled but moments after a "system failure" the magnetic force is strong enough to bring down a plane.

See also

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