Hardware failure refers to the act of a piece of physical hardware failing to meet its designed standards during operation.

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RAM won't fit in a Toshiba Satellite C855

I have a Toshiba Satellite C855 with two RAM slots and one 4GB Ram. I bought a new RAM but it will not fit in slot 2. I took out the old RAM from the slot 1 and put the new one and it fits without ...
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Busted a nut in this hole, so here's what I did [on hold]

I was trying to take apart my small Dell laptop to blow it out with air and I busted the built in nut right into the plastic hole piece. I went ahead and got the rest of it off with some tools and I ...
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Drive Failed now applications saying its already installed

Recently one of my drives failed and all the application there are gone. I've tried to uninstall using windows but it says that the application doesn't exist. Now when I try to install any ...
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HDD IO errors, is this definitely a HDD failure or could it be something else? kernel.log

This HDD's history The hard drive is 1.5TB, 6 years old. IIRC it's 7200RPM with a ATA133 interface, using the motherboard's onboard controller. It gave perfect service in a big desktop PC, then 1 ...
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MSI R9 290x Lightning: Middle fan not working after plugging it in

Good morning, I just hooked up a 290x lightning that I had stowed away for 6 months in my system, and the middle fan does not run at all (the cooler on the card has 3 fans, the left and right ones ...
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Hardware failures while building new cluster

Someone at my company is building a high-performance cluster (50 CPU cores, half a dozen machines, 32 memory modules per machine). We aren't experienced with clusters at all, and we are concerned that ...
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I spilled water on my keyboard and now some keys don't work

I spilled water on my keyboard and some keys didn't work. Then I replaced the keyboard with a new one and the new keyboard typed more than one letter per one click! I bought a new one and some of the ...
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computer can't run even low graphics games or browse web properly

system specification I have got an amd athlon X2 64bit 5200+ processor along with asus m2n-mx-se-plus motherboard,2 gb ram,1gb ddr3 amd radeon 5450 graphics card and 160 gb seagate hardisk. problem ...
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Adding second Xeon E5430 to workstation

I have a PC with a Supermicro x7dwa board and one Intel Xeon E5430 processor. I tried to add a second identical CPU to the board, but it stops the PC booting. The power LED on the board never lights ...
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Is 3.5 inch HDD in laptop less reliable than 2.5 inch one?

I have Asus K95VJ laptop where the original internal 3.5 inch drive died on me. It was 3TB Seagate Baracuda ST3000DM001. I have read that those drives had have huge failure rates and this is actually ...
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Why did my laptop screen go white?

Today I was working on my Samsung NP300E5E Laptop, and the screen suddenly turned white. I tried to reboot, it was still white, I couldn't see BIOS or anything, except it showed the Samsung logo (the ...
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Is computer hardware safe to ship, if yes, what precautions are needed? [closed]

I have seen Newegg, Amazon and other companies shipping computer hardware, including Motherboards, Graphics Cards, and CPUs, sometimes overseas as well. I want to ask a few questions about this: ...
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ASUS laptop shut off completely and won't start

I have an ASUS f750l laptop that suddenly switched off while unplugged; the battery was at around 40%. Now it won't start again. All the LEDs are dead, even after plugging it in. I tried pressing ...
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Computer crashes while playing games. CPU seems to go above rated GHz

I recently started seeing my computer freeze for a second or 2 every now in then when I’m playing games on about full load. This never used to happen and now it is concerning. It does it pretty often ...
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My PC has started shutting down on its own

In the past month I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to W10. It all went well but now my PC has been shutting down on it's own. In my honest opinion, it can't be hardware since it has been happening since ...
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External Hard Drive Problems in Event Viewer

I'm using a Western Digital My Passport Ultra (2TB) 1.5 years ago and I've recently been seeing a lot of problems with this external drive in event viewer. So far, whenever I connect this to the ...
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New build keeps crashing

I recently build upgraded my computer with new mobo, CPU and ram. I kept the same PSU, GPU (GTX 670), case and drives. The new parts are i5 6600k, z170x gaming 5, and 16gb ddr 4 corsair vengeance. Os ...
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How to diagnose my computer's issue?

I have a serious problem here, my desktop suddenly shutdown. I was testing my HDD and I found that it has some bad sectors, so I bought a new one: WD GREEN 500gb. After that everything went right, ...
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Why did my hard drive shrink?

I rebooted a computer yesterday and had a strange thing happen: When I had booted it back up, one of the hard drives was about a megabyte smaller. I have four 3 TB hard drives in this computer, in ...
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Need to pinpoint the source of my laptop's overheating that led to physical melting of the touchpad

Alienware M17x R3 (released in 2011) I opened my laptop lid to find strange marks that looked as though an interior piece of the laptop overheated and melted the exterior. The melted area is near the ...
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Is there a way to solve this graphics issue myself? (Possible faulty graphics card, boot failing sometimes, artifacts on screen)

It seems that there is an issue with the graphics of my laptop - sometimes it won't boot, when it does there are artifacts on the screen that make it impossible to use. I've piled up quite a number of ...
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Cooling fan starting to give up; should I disconnect it while I wait for the replacement fan to arrive?

One of the cooling fans in my PC (there are several) is starting to give up. I think it might be the bearings that are giving up, but whatever the cause, every several minutes, it visibly slows down ...
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How to get rid of ata3 errors when Lubuntu boots (and wakes up from sleep)?

For some time now, whenever my laptop (which runs Lubuntu 15.10) boots up or wakes up from sleep, it throws tons of ata3 disk errors for several hours. My system is usable - I am able to log in to the ...
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Should i use an old PSU for my new PC?

I have an old Antec Quattro 850w power supply which already has 6 years. I used the PC that this PSU was installed like 2/3 hours every day for 6 years, mainly for gaming. I have a tight budget for ...
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Which part of my computer is broken/destroys graphics cards? [closed]

A few days ago my graphics card broke showing weird ASCII signs after BIOS messages (text from GRUB menu displayed as random rare ASCII signs)and a screen full of quotes: A second graphics card ...
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Caught in crash loop trying to install Windows or Ubuntu

I recently built a PC with the following components: Board: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0 GHz CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX (...
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Why have 3 external HDDs failed after a few hours of use?

I have purchased 3 HDDs in the past month and every time after copying about 1.5TB of data on to them they fail. The first 2 HDDs were Samsung 4TB drives and the third one is a Seagate Expansion 4TB. ...
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how can I figure out what is wrong with my system

I have a laptop that is running vista. its a compaq with 2gb ram 1.7ghz single core processor...as of lately it does not want to run anything right...if I download a file on it the system will not ...
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How do I diagnose a PC that broke after connecting to a phone via USB 3?

TL;DR My PC won't turn on after I connected it to my smartphone via USB 3. Something smells burned on my phone's end, but otherwise it appears to be fine. How can I tell what part of my PC is broken? ...
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Thinkpad T520 with sudden power cuts

I have a Thinkpad T520 running on Linux Mint 17. Once in a while (once a month) it has a sudden power cut, i.e. laptop switches off suddenly (it does not shut down properly) I can hear the heads of ...
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Black screen on boot up no Bios screen

After starting the computer the only thing that appears on the screen is a short white line which looks a bit like a cursor except it's not blinking. There was no indication of any trouble when I ...
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The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR3: which disk corresponds in Computer Management?

In Windows 10 64-bit, I went to Event Viewer saw this error: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR3 I looked in Computer Management > Disk Management, but not sure which ...
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How to install Linux/Windows with bad RAM

I have a sub-notebook (Sony VAIO SVP) where Windows boots to a BSOD. By now, I have found out that the RAM has some errors. Since RAM, CPU and FlashDrive are solderd to the board and the warranty has ...
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Retrieve data from possibly broken HDD [duplicate]

My younger sister accidently dropped my Inspiron n5010 from her lap. Since then whenever I try to boot it I get this - A disk read error occured. My first guess was a broken HDD, so I used a ...
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Hard Drive Error

Hello please look at error log below and suggest me solutions. I am using Fedora 23, I am getting this error while installing or updating and package. so my log from "/var/log/messages" is... May 27 ...
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Ideapad 100-14 screen shows white lines then turns white/negative

I bought a Lenovo Ideapad 100-14 just five months ago (it's running Windows).  I have a problem with my screen that started just last week.  Whenever I use it, the screen begins to show these white ...
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5 Beeps; Is it a Hardware Breakdown?

My PC shows up an OC fail error everytime I start it up and i used to continue to Windows without actually looking for the error. Today, it has stopped working, it boots up and then on a blank screen ...
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Ubuntu - Checking whether a harddrive is unpartitioned, runs an OS, or just a data disk?

I dug up an old harddrive and I want to see what's on it. I don't remember if it was ever partitioned, or if it runs windows, or if it's just a backup disk. Here is what I've done: Plug in disk, ...
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How can debug the computer freezes

I have PC with Win10 OS my problem was in windows when it freeze the system immediately reboot itself. i search about memory dump files in %SystemRoot% directory but nothing there. I reinstalled the ...
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Harddrive suddenly got really slow

My computer has multiple hard drives. The one I am asking about has my Steam games and backups of websites I built for work. Last night I noticed my Steam games got really slow and was frequently ...
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Can data on a hard disk degrade without Windows warning me that this has happened when I attempt to access the data?

Is it likely that a physical degradation of a hard disk could cause bits to 'flip' in file contents without the OS 'noticing' and telling you about it when reading the file? e.g. could a 'p' in an ...
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all external hardware stops working randomly and windows freezes

recently i built a new rig and i get this weird freeze very randomly, while playing games, watching youtube videos, browsing, or using any other applications, when it freezes all external hardware ...
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EE Brightbox Router2 won't switch on at all; no lights showing

I have an EE Brightbox Router2 which suddenly dropped the connection. On inspection I notice there were no lights on the router at all. I tried removing the power adapter, waiting ten seconds then ...
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Did my graphics card (GPU) burn out?

My PC is (well, was, actually) running an NVIDIA GTX460 2GB graphics card manufactured by Asus. Yesterday I was playing some League of Legends when all of a sudden my screen froze and became filled ...
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Mechanical harddisk defect causing system troubles - SATA

So I hope this question won't get mark as too broad, as I really want to get familiar with the deeper related issues. Background: A friend of mine has troubles with a broken system harddisk, after ...
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Mac starts booting with message “NVDAStartup: Official”

I made a system update on my MBP and now it won't boot, stopping after the following message: NVDAStartup: Official All information I found about this refers to hackintosh, unfortunately. The ...
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Nothing Displays on Computer After Crash

I've been working on this for close to 4 days now, and decided I needed some more specific help than Google. Last Tuesday, I was running some semi-intensive programs (FL Studio 12, Visual Studio, etc)...
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unidirectional vs bidirectional flatbed scanners

Why does the scanner head needs to return to it's start position after each scan? It wouldn't be faster if it had 2 start positions at the edges or just leave the head in the middle after each scan? ...
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What do the results of this AIDA64 System Stability test mean?

I think it's very bad but what exactly does this test of my laptop performance indicate? Hardware problems?
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Notebook just freezes on boot process

I've some trouble with my notebook, here are details: Notebook: ASUS Eee PC 1001PX. I used to think that the problem was with its hdd, but it's not. I've reinstalled OS through PC and it still ...