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What piece of hardware has failed?

The other day I set some video files converting, around 15 minutes later I noticed that the PC had turned off and the 2 front LEDs were flashing. I turned the power off and restarted it (The GPU made ...
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How to determine why computer won't turn on? [closed]

I have a PC that I built myself (parts list). It has for a number of months refused to turn back on after there's a power failure. I've had to pull the plug out of the back, and then plug it back in ...
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Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware?

Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware? Ideally I'd like to take it with me to a second hand shop, boot it up and run a quick round of diagnostics on hardware. It must have both ...
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Debugging a laptop that won't turn on

When laptop won't turn on, how do I figure out which of these issues might it be? Power Button The AC plug The Motherboard Are there some tools or ways to debug and narrow down the cause. And how ...
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Tool to test HDD for health?

I've had my HDD replaced, and now my computer is freezing every 1 to 5 minutes for 5 to 10 seconds. Actually, only active applications freeze (but it can be ANY application), usually when I click ...
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Weird Memory Problems with Memtest86 Results [closed]

I'm having some trouble with one of my memory modules. The unit in question is a GSkill F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL. I started noticing my computer was acting up yesterday when I started getting artifacts ...
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239 views

Intel Core 2 Duo, Gigabyte MoBo, I-Box AC, ATA harddisc fails to boot with IDE/BIOS errors

I am trying to diagnose hardware malfunction Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3 ghz Gigabyte Motherboard (I don't know exact model) I-Box AC, 400 W ATA hard disc 4 GB RAM (2 x 2GB) First boot, ...
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How to Diagnose a Pre-Operating System Load or Hardware Issue

How can I find out if my problem is hardware based? If it is, how can I figure out what component is to blame How can I fix other pre-operating system issues? As an aside, what are all of these ...
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intermittent power up failure after shut down

My desktop with ASUS P5L-MX motherboard does not immediately want to boot up whenever it is completely shut down. When the switch is pressed there are no visible lights, fan motion or anything. It ...
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Determine what component of my PC is broken

I was playing Skyrim and suddenly the PC froze. I had to reset it by pushing the button. On reboot the display is very weird and I can't figure out what's wrong. My guess would be the graphic card ...
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Diagnosing random system crashes; is there a better way then waiting until it crashes (or doesn't)

I've purchased a system last week and ever since, it's been behaving erratically, not posting and random freeze ups in windows when it does post (with the inability to post right after). I've stripped ...
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What would cause a machine not to output a graphics signal?

I've got a PC which I built myself some time ago. It was working fine. Then we moved house - the PC was moved by the movers. After the move it worked a few times. At one point, it refused to come ...