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water damage keyboard not working correctly

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-AW330J laptop, I spilled water on it over a year ago. At the time when i spilled water on it, I immediately turned it off and let it dry for a week. After a week I tried to turn ...
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Use software to physically damage an HDD? [duplicate]

Is there any way to cause physical harm to your HDD via software? For example a way to... for example cause the drive head to scratch the platter?
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Share NIC from 32-bit VM?

My onboard NIC just failed after a lightning-related power outage and the only replacement NIC I have does not have 64-bit windows drivers. Could I run a 32-bit windows VM, connect to my USB NIC then ...
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I got water on my laptop and the usb ports quit working?

I have a BIG problem. Some water has just fallen into my laptop and the usb ports don't work anymore. On debian there is this message: unable to enumerate usb device on port 1 unable to enumerate usb ...
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Can a monitor get damaged due to rotating? [closed]

Can a particular monitor(-type) get damaged when it gets rotated while it's powered on? (like a screen-holder such as this allows)
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Possible speaker damage because of MP3 file?

I came across this voice-record from madonna, which upon playing, made a TERRIBLE loud cracking sound. After i played this, i'm pretty sure that there was some damage to the speakers since i'm very ...
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How to avoid damage to ISO archives?

So had a problem where a 16GB ISO was damaged(likely my own fault using standard windows copy dialog instead of proper copy tool like robocopy with verification turned on). It took several hours but ...
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Which components are most susceptible to kinetic damage (fall)

I guess the most obvious answer would be a hard disk, are there any other components that are very susceptible to this kind of damage?
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Is it bad practice to cover a removed HDD to protect from dust accumulation while it's running as an external?

I have an internal laptop HDD that I'm using for data recovery out in the open temporarily, and didn't want any dust to collect on it. I've placed an upturned paper plate on top of the drive to ...
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My damaged Hard Disk doesn't pass SMART test, and Linux won't boot with it connected, even from a Live CD (Windows does). Is there any way to fix it?

Its basically an old SATA Hard Drive with a Windows XP partition I was trying to sell. When my computer does the BIOS checks, it doesn't pass the SMART test (but I can boot it anyway), although I ...
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Which parts of a laptop can be damaged by drop impact?

I have Macbook pro late 2013 with SSD. 1-2 times I dropped it inside bag (with protection) from about 30-40 CM while it's off. I know that when laptop with HDD, there is chance that HDD can be ...
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Dead-ish Laptop, What's next?

UPDATE 2: Strange... I left it off for a few days and turned it upside down overnight. The lines disappeared... (Loose gfx card making sparking noises and lines? I don't know. Still, HP refused to ...
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How Sturdy (Shock-Proof) is an SSD?

I recently started carrying my SSD to and from work rather than my entire computer. So I bought a case on Amazon to protect it while it is in my bag. I was surprised to find that the case was ...
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How to diagnose the fault of a laptop that sometimes doesn't boot?

I've an old Samsung NC-10 but sometimes it doesn't boot. The alimentation led turn on and I hear the fan but the monitor is black and nothing happen. If I try many times to reboot then after many ...
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What damage should I prepare for (software and hardware wise) if electricity goes off? [closed]

Using a new PC and I'm concerned. In the last week electricity went off three times while I was using the PC, and I know that can potentially lead to massive damages, software or hardware wise. So how ...
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How much “jarring” is enough to damage a hard drive? [closed]

Roughly what amount of physical jarring is enough to damage a hard disk (like crashing the head onto the platter)? Yes, it's subjective, and all drives are rated differently, but I'm not looking for ...
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Is possible to “overwrite” a written CD/DVD ? (the purpose would be damage existing files)

Is it possible to "force" somehow the dvd-rom (cd-rom) to write again over an already burned dvd (cd) with the purpose of making the data unreadable, but the disk to remain intact?
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Internet not connecting via LAN port (damaged LAN port)

I am a Dell Inspiron N5010 user, and I use wired internet. Recently, when I tried to remove the ethernet cable from my LAN port, it was not coming out even though I pressed the clip and pulled it. So ...
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Windows XP stuck during booting on the splash screen

Yesterday I accidentally dropped my school's Dell computer onto to floor. It didn't appear to be damaged so I turned the computer on to see if it still worked. To my brief moment of relief, the laptop ...
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Touched magnet to my amplifier [closed]

While putting my amp on the shelving unit i had it turned on listening to music, i bumped it against the magnets that hold the doors shut and the amp shut off. now the amp wont playback any sound ...
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USB drive errors after airport scan

I just got a new PNY usb drive and it passed through an airport scanner yesterday. For some reason, I wrote to it and then tried to read from it today, and it gave me a corrupted error! chkdsk ...
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TrueCrypt Hidden Volumes: Can the outer volume be actively updated safely?

I have encrypted my hard drive using the TrueCrypt hidden volume option. Therefore, I have two volumes: An outer volume where I place some sensitive-looking data. A hidden volume where I place the ...
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Could game cartridges or flash-drives be damaged by the magnet in an external hard-drive?

I found out that I had stored one of my external hard-drives right on top of a bunch of Nintendo DS and GameBoy Advance cartridges and a few flash-drives for a while. Is there a chance they could ...
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Is it possible to pause CloneZilla?

I've been running a clone on a drive with bad sectors for 7 hours. The external is getting hot to the touch. I'd rather not fry both drives, but I also don't want to start over. Google results came up ...
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How to open a damaged truecrypt container?

Recently my hard disk got flushed, all my data was erased.I recovered that data from recovery tool. My Truecrypt container(1 GB) also got recovered, but I am unable open the encrypted volume. An error ...
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What keeps turning my monitor on?

I've got a laptop that's suffered some chassis damage that makes it very cumbersome to open/close the laptop. Normally, the metal ends of the LCD hold onto the chassis, but in this case the magnesium ...
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Surface Pro magnetic connectors next to laptop

I have seen questions about magnets and damage to laptops, but they were about weaker magnets like headsets and mobile phones. I normally place my laptop in a backpack when I travel. I recently ...
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Laptop Keyboard Water Damage

I have an ASUS g75VW laptop that I bought a couple months ago. A few days ago I accidentally spilled a glass of water on the keyboard when I was cleaning up my desk (I about had a heart attack). I ...
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Change screen area available to apps and OS because of dead pixels

OK, I've inherited a nice laptop that has a screen with a 3 inch width vertical column on the right of dead pixels. It's usable, I've installed the latest ubuntu and have the task bar on the left. ...
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Install XP on an external USB stick in a macbook without OS X installation damage

I have a macbook pro running os x lion and would like to play some windows xp games (grand thef auto san andreas, etc). Through vmware fusion or parallels it is quite slow and my disk is full so ...
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Is it safe to use Ethernet link from linux on virtual box, and USB modem from host windows XP simultaneously?

Environment: Win XP SP3 connected to the internet from a USB modem on an 845GBV board Win 7 x64 with an on-board realtek chip What I want to try: Setup a NIC on the 845 GBV board Use the ...
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What configuration parameter can cause physical damage to the screen?

During an interview, I was asked that whether a buggy or faulty display software driver can cause physical screen damage. During discussion of that question, the interviewer mentioned that ...
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After data recovery software needed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I recover lost/inacessible data from my storage device? I accidentally deleted all files from one of my hard drives. I have recovered most of the files, but there ...
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What effects does heat have on an LCD screen?

EDIT : This question was wrongly marked as a duplicate (see comments) and has thus got bad reputation. I have still not been able to find any solution, answers will be appreciated. Unfortunately some ...
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Laptop doesn't recognize operating system after being punched

My laptop was annoying me and I punched it. My mistake. Now, when I turn it on, it enters in something called "Aptio Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 2012 American Megatrends, Inc." It's a blue and ...
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Getting data off a flaky WD external drive

I have a Western Digital 1TB MyBook with some photos that I would like to offload and access. A PC seems to see the drive; a Mac doesn't see it over Firewire or USB. Between Windows 7, Windows XP, ...
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Tried to clean phone screen with water, got water patches on screen [closed]

I stupidly tried to clean my screen by dropping a small amount of water and then drying it up using a cloth (instead of rubbing it with a already wet cloth). My screen now has water patches similar to ...