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

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Laptop hard drive is silent, but it was noisy before. Should I be worried?

So my laptop's hard drive always had this soft, buzzing, clicking sound when the hard drive was working. The sound was there when the laptop was brand new and it was always present during the years, ...
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Is it my motherboard or something else?

One day while working on my PC, it suddenly hung with no response. I looked at the hard disk to ensure whether it's working but it failed - there was no blinking LED. I restarted my PC, my computer ...
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My External USB Hard Drive won't show up

My External USB Hard Drive don't show up. I checked in Computer Management, Disk Management and Device Management, the partition of my Hard Disk exists I was trying to install a linux ...
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Is there a way to know what all hardware is present on your system currently? [closed]

Say I changed a graphics card. Or say I had an issue with a laptop which, after being resolved, resulted in my graphics card not being detected. I'm guessing it hadn't been connected back correctly or ...
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Troubleshooting Hardware with limited resources

I have a newly built computer which won't post, output video, or even beep despite the installed speaker. The case fans and CPU / GPU fans start up and continue, and the hard drive seems to soon up. ...
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Original cracked laptop screen works. New one goes off after a minute

I have cracked screen on Lenovo S400. With this cracked screen, laptop works as excepted. When I install replacement screen, laptop works for about a minute and then the display goes black. It is ...
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How to check RAM on nVidia graphics card?

How to check RAM on nVidia graphics card? I am experiencing some errors and would like to check my video card memory. I downloaded cuda-memcheck, but looks like it is not memory check, but memory ...
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I accidently shorted a circuit on my motherboard

I was working on installing a new motherboard. I accidentally shorted a circuit on the board with my screwdriver. I saw a few tiny sparks when it touched. Now the board wont power on at all. Is there ...
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ram errors solved by swapping slots used by ram

I had 4 sticks of ram (2.5GB) working for ~3 days until on reboot POST showed ram error.By elimination I removed the (seemingly?) 0.5GB bad ram.Then after ~10 days I added 0.25GB of ram causing the ...
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S.M.A.R.T. issues, and whether I have a mechanical fault in my hands

I have an external TOSHIBA MK1059GSM hard disk drive. Recently, when downloading a huge torrent onto the external HDD, Vuze refused to continue downloading, complaining of bad sectors. Attempting to ...
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Usb ports connecting and disconnecting

I know this is not the place to ask about hardware problems and solutions, but I can't search on google anymore... I've been for over 24hours searching on google about my problem and trying to get a ...
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Laptop with loose or failed DC jack, burnt but still functional motherboard

I have an ASUS G74SX laptop. Over time the DC jack deteriorated, probably by coming loose. The laptop would not charge unless I oriented the power cable in a particular way. Eventually, it started to ...
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My CPU fan is constantly at ~500RPM - LOW SPEED

I have tried setting the RPM in the bios but the only two settings are "Off" and "Slow". My mobo is DP55WG and it is updated. I am using an 212 EVO heatsink + fan and the fan is plugged in the correct ...
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Broken PMU hardware detected, using software events only

I have two out of four machines (dell r815) that are not showing the cpu hardware counters when I run (from linux-tools-common on ubuntu or debian): perf list I used strace and found out the ...
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Samsung series 9 unexpected shut down

I have a Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A where began to shut down and reboot unexpectedly. I changed the RAM thinking this was a memory problem, but the laptop continues the shutdown and reboots. I have ...
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How indicative are SMART read & write errors of total failure?

My computer had recently crashed very unusually and began exhibiting slow performance and graphical glitches. I checked my read errors and write errors and they are steadily rising (Like 10/second ...
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Computer hard freezes randomly - possible hardware issue

Symptoms: When the computer is running, it randomly freezes and requires an hard reset. This happens both when using intensive applications (games, compiling) or just browsing the web. The freezing ...
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Are loud “scratchy” hard drives always prone to failure?

I have been using the same hard drive to back up my main computer for around 4 years now. It hasn't failed yet, but has been getting increasingly louder with time. The sound isn't "typical" of normal ...
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How to solve weak wifi signal issue? [duplicate]

So I have a second hand notebook. The previous owner seems solid and says that for him, he was able to catch his Wifi router without any issues, even when he was in front of his house and the router ...
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Cannot run Windows after upgrading Ubuntu

Here is the scenario of my Lenovo 3000 G430 Laptop: System configuration: P4 Dual core T3200 CPU 3GB RAM (1+2 in two slots) 500GB HDD Partition layout for HDD: 170GB Priamry - NTFS (for Windows ...
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Desktop computer rebooting after ~3 hours

My desktop computer, less than a year old, has started rebooting automatically (as if power was suddenly lost and immediately restored), after ~3 hours of running. After the first reboot in ~3 hours, ...
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Has my flash drive failed? (no media)

Flash drive model: Kingston DataTraveler SE9 64GB I was restoring the back-up I had made on my flash drive after re-formatting and reinstalling Windows 8.1 Pro, and it started behaving weirdly. ...
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Inverter defect on Asus Lapetop?

My good old - but still in use - Asus V1S laptop has stop working well. Display shows only a vertical green line on left site. An attached external monitor works fine. So my suppose (and hope) is ...
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Messed up my SD card something awful. Cannot format, reporting bad sectors, bad partitions.. what can I use to repair?

So, long story short - I created an image of my 16GB SD card used for my Raspberry Pi. I bought a 32GB SD card, wrote the image on it and it is now totally bricked. The SD card is brand new, just ...
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Computer turns on but won't boot up

So here's the problem, my computer will turn on but it won't boot up. The monitor receives no input signal and once the computer is on and I cannot turn it back off by pressing the power button down ...
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MSI motherboard beeps three times and doesn't boot

I'm working on a machine that doesn't start up. It just beeps, three times, and restart repeatedly but doesn't show anything on screen. I opened the case and found the model of the motherboard is MSI ...
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How to determine if I am having power supply failure

I have this server Dell Precision 690. It has powered and turned itself off a few times. In some cases it seems to also be in a sleep mode where you have to turn it off and turn is back on. Is this a ...
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Can a part of a hard drive break?

Is it possible for only a specific part of a hard drive to become unusable? I had Ubuntu 14.04 installed on my Sony Vaio laptop (more than five years old). Since 14.04, I never had any problems with ...
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All the USB ports on one physical side don't work after suspend

I have a new problem with my Lenovo Edge E545 where, after suspending and resuming, 1 USB-2.0 port and 2 USB-3.0 ports fail to work. They are all the USB ports on the same physical side of the ...
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how to recover partition from harddisk

I have a 500 gb internal laptop harddisk.I have windows 7 in one of the four partitions. The system didn't boot so I used pendrive linux to boot ubuntu from usb. After booting using ubuntu I'm able to ...
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Glidepoint usb trackpad suddenly not working

I have this Adesso Glidepoint trackpad, which has worked flawlessly for a year. Then, about a week ago, over a couple days, it started acting flaky, then a blue screen of death, and now it doesn't ...
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RAM buffer access makes beep/screech

When I execute dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/null bs=1G count=1, I hear a curious, very soft- screeching sound (think HD spinup but shorter, softer, and higher pitched) from where I know my RAM is located ...
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Whats wrong with my HP LaserJet 8100 DN. Duplexer keeps causing a jam in different places

It's really doing my head in to be honest! The printer works fine without the duplexer installed, and also works fine with the duplexer is installed, but set to print single sided. The intermittent ...
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Incompatible RAM with a laptop

Recently, I bought a RAM (Vengeance CMSX8GX3M2A1600C9) for my laptop (eMachines E732G). Yesterday I installed the RAM on my laptop. There was a problem. I could not install any operating system ...
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Desktop remains on, display quits working, loud “skipping” noise follows

For the past 2-3 days, strange things have been going on with my desktop and its interaction with the monitor. While playing a game, my monitor went black as if my computer had been shut off. However, ...
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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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Screen goes blank, after logging into Windows, or pc stops with long-short-short-short beep code

I have a ~5 year old computer, it runs Win7 64bit version. It had 4GB of dual RAM, (2x2GB stick), with an ASUS P5P43TD motherboard. Around a 1,5 months ago, my computer didn't start, it gave a ...
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Is it safe to connect a 10amp cable to my laptop brick if it came with 7amp

The standard figure-8 section of my power cable is broken, and it's marked as 7amp/125volt. I haven't been able to find any others marked for 7amp, so would it be safe to connect a similarly shaped ...
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What PC parts can produce bright flash, and smoke, with the PC still appearing to work fine afterwards?

I heard some strange noise from my less than a year old PC when it came back from 'sleep' mode; For about 10-20 seconds I could see bright light visible through ventilation holes (somewhere near the ...
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PSU Noise when turned off

When my PC is turned off and I bring my head very close to the PSU, I hear a high frequency noise. Is that normal? I can't hear when I am like 2 metres away from it. And it's only there when turned ...
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Pen-drive / USB-Drive not working after installing ubuntu in it

I put in ubuntu in pendrive and made pendrive bootable by unetbootin. Now the pendrive doesn't work anymore due to that, it is not opening, when I put in windows OS, it doesn't show its total space ...
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Agghhh! UPS Back-Up, Laptop Charger, Sparks

Boy… ok. This is so frustrating! Ok so, I've been getting a whole lot of problems with the electrical grid here lately: spikes, surges, lows, brown-outs, all kinds of problems, it's terrible, ...
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Graphics card issues? Green lines and distortion on my screens

I turned on my computer this morning and it had a bunch of vertical green artefacts and some horizontal distortions on text. You can see what it looks like I assume it's the graphics card but I'm ...
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Keyboard lights not coming on causing pc to not boot

Sometimes (it seems to happen mostly when i haven't booted my computer for a few days) when i turn on my computer everything starts up the monitor light and mouse light comes on, but sometimes the ...
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Beep-Codes definition for ASUS motherboard

I'm having a hardware failure when booting then I need to know the exact beep-code definitions for this model: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 Someone could provide me the beep-codes of that motherboard?, I ...
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Long-term media failure rates [closed]

I am keen to know the long-term annual failure rates of hard-drive,flash, optical media, and tape. I have seen BackBlaze's study and Google's work on this which showed hard drives having approximately ...
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Catalyst Control Center Stops working when graphic card is being used

It's been a while since I have this problem with my system. Whenever I use programs (except games) that somehow use Hardware Acceleration such as Browsers, Video Converters, Photoshop etc, my screen ...
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Need a new hard disk case for my hard disk but not sure what I should have

A long, long time ago I bought an external hard disk. It worked fine, but now I have difficulty getting the thing powered up. When it started acting up, I opened the case, and saw this: The thing ...
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Hard drive parameter exceeded its normal operating range

I few days ago, I started seeing this message during boot: NOTICE - HD SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you backup ...
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Computer freezes freequently and intermittently when playing videos from the web

Previously my laptop showed IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED BSOD error. I asked the community in this post. I did not do anything to fix the issue. But now when I play videos on ...