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

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Computer Freezes Randomly Due to Hardware Problems

My computer has been randomly freezing for about a month. There seems to be no obvious patterns, it can run days or just hours. The problem seems to only occur in my Windows OS, when booted to Linux ...
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External USB hard drive and risk of internal condensation?

Apparently you can kill a USB hard drive by moving it from a cold to warm environment and powering it up. The killer being internal condensation. Q1: How real is the risk? What kind of temperatures ...
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I can't start my computer into windows vista

a few days ago, my HP A1709N had to be restored back to HP defaults. When I tried to install SP1 on it, the system said the update failed, then, upon reboot, I got a Blue Screen of death, and can't ...
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Testing hardware in computer that fails to POST

With a computer that powers on and runs its fan, but doesn't get any further, what would be useful troubleshooting steps and diagnostic equipment (if any)? It seems undamaged to look at, and the user ...
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How can one tell if a SATA controller is failing?

Most SATA controller errors exhibit symptoms similar to a hard drive failure, as best as I can tell (read/write errors, operating system stalls, etc.). I'm having exactly those issues but they ...
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Power off the computer every night and hardware life

I want to know if an office computer shuold be switched off every night or not to improve its hardware life. I know that some components like magnetic disks are degraded by reboots, but I cannot ...
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blue screen error on a 2009 computer [closed]

I have a slightly older refurbished computer it is a Dell with a 1 tb hardrive I wanted to keep the 1 tb hardrive so I tried putting another one in it seemed like it was working then it told me I need ...
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Disable broken laptop keyboard in Windows 8 [duplicate]

Is it possible to disable the internal Keyboard on my Laptop? I poured Tea over it and now the "M"-key is stuck. I tried a lot and it is far too expensive to replace the keyboard on this old laptop. ...
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Computer hangs a lot lately [on hold]

Since a couple of weeks, one computer has been hanging a lot. And with hanging I mean it really freezes. Everything stops, the mouse cursor won't move, no key combinations have any effect, and nothing ...
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Does having some Bad Sectors indicate that the drive will crash soon?

I have a Hitachi HTS723232L9SA62 320Gb 7200RPM HDD. I checked the SMART status and there are 3 bad sectors, totaling 1.5MB. This means that approximately 0.00046875% of my hard drive has gone bad. Is ...
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How well is computer hardware protected from sudden power loss? [closed]

I always wondered how well the computer components can handle sudden power outages due to janitor accidentally pulling the power cord, whole city block power outage or power generator failure. Are ...
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No POST with PCI-e HD5450 VGA iface but IGfx works

I'm trying to fix a DOA motherboard. The fan was dead and I replaced it. CPU now works via the IGfx. I've set the BIOS specifically to: PEG PCI-Express (from Auto/Internal/) The HD5450 Sapphire card ...
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Laptop not shutting down completely. Not fast startup (hardware?)

My Dell Inspiron N5050 does not shut down completely. The screen shuts off completely and Windows seems to shutdown.. however, the power LED stays on (not the charging LED), the fan stays on, and I ...
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What kind of hardware do companies use for backing up their data? [closed]

From what I've learned, Tapes (LTO-5) is used, but I'm not sure if there is anything else out there that is a better alternative. What kind of hardware do companies use for backing up their data?
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Air from powerful ceiling fan keeps rocking my laptop display 24*7

air from powerful ceiling fan keeps rocking my laptop screen/monitor . I work in a small room with a ceiling fan above me. I noticed that the monitor/screen part of my laptop is shaking ...
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Macintosh SE PSU Servicing?

First thing's first: I take full responsibility for any injury sustained while servicing a PSU. Any advice offered here is to be considered purely subjective. I own a Macintosh SE, which was ...
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Strange squeaking sound from Asus K52F laptop

About an year ago a strange sound started to appear from a laptop when it is turned on. I have no idea what that sound causes but on the Internet there are similar posts. I searched for a solution but ...
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Stopping a screen crack from spreading?

I have a late 2011 15" Macbook Pro (though I think my question is more general). I just noticed a small and fairly superficial crack on the glass covering the LCD -- there is no damage to the LCD at ...
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Is storing electronics in high temperatures different than operating them in high temperatures? [duplicate]

This may be a weird topic for SU but for those of us who are on the go a lot proving tech support or just carry our gear because we can and it is nice to always have around and with us, is storing ...
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Computer crashing at random

I've been having a "small-ish" issue where my computer randomly shuts down. Be it in the middle of a game or work etc, even on idle, it just crashes and reboots. no BSOD or anything. One minute it's ...
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Desktop doesn't boot [closed]

So I think I stuck a chunk of incompatible RAM on my mobo, smelled a burning smell and after switching out the RAM my machine wouldn't boot. Assumed mobo was fried and got a new one. I also recently ...
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Poor wifi strength after taking apart laptop

Wifi connection has been very poor since I took apart my laptop. These two loose cables are right next to the onboard wifi chip - there seems to be some relationship between how they're positioned ...
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Loss of space on a 16 Gb flash after format

So, I have a friend who has a flash drive that was playing music on a dvd player. Everything was great then all of a sudden it just stopped. First, I tried to do some data recovery on it but the ...
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Bought a slot-loading BD-RE drive, but it spits out every disc I feed it without spinning. What do?

I bought an internal UJ-267 (slot-loading BD-RE) drive, and I put it into my laptop. The trouble is that whenever I insert a disc into it (whether it's a CD or a DVD; I don't have a BD around to try ...
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Is it a sign of trouble when Windows mis-recognizes the brand/model of my thumbdrive?

I have an assortment of USB thumbdrives, which I use often on a few different Windows 7 machines. Occasionally, when I insert one or the other of them, Windows will completely mis-identify it--I'll ...
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Del Inspiron laptop no longer able to detect SSD

My Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop was working fine when it suddenly broke down. When it boots, it shows the error message: "No hard drive detected, please try to resolve the issue by reseating the drive." ...
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My computer has short circuited my graphics card(s) three times, and I have absolutely no idea what's causing it

Nearly a year ago, I came home to find my GPU fans spinning very loudly and my computer getting no video at all. So I restarted it, still no video output from the GPU, GPU fans are spinning at 100%, ...
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PC powers down randomly

My PC powers down and freezes randomly when on windows 7. It works fine on linux. I tried to run memtest and it powered down during(at about 12 %, 0 errors reported till then). On linux mint it runs ...
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Troubleshooting source of computer lockup (hang/deadlock)

Recently my desktop has been experiencing random lockups. By this I define a total system freeze, CTRL+ALT+DEL does nothing, LED's on keyboard don't turn on/off, unplugged/re-plugged mouse & ...
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Keyboard and Touchpad not working on ASUS notebook Windows 8

The full story can be found on my post here To sum up: The built in keyboard and touch pad does not function. I can only use external device(USB keyboard and mouse). Soon after successfully logged ...
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PC only turns on when it wants to

I think my PC is possessed; it only turns on when it wants to. ...Jokes aside, my PC is not turning on and the symptoms are very strange and, to some extent, apparently random. I need help ...
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Get 'Uncorrectable error in data' error in my hard drive error log. Is it failing?

In my drive's error log, I get a loto of Uncorrectable error in data errors and 'Media write protected errors' The total error count is 2534! Have 1 re-allocated even count but no re-allocated ...
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Logitech Trackman “letting go” [duplicate]

Wondering if anyone's seen this issue where you're clicking and holding with a Logitech trackball and, although you're still holding the primary mouse button the OS (Windows in my case) acts as if ...
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“The file Specified is not a virtual disk” Vmware Workstation error when PowerOn

I am using vmware workstation 10.0. When I tried to power on one of my virtual machines I got the error "The file specified is not a virtual disk." I had all my files in that virtual machine only, no ...
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PC always shutdown consistently after 2-3 hours

Problem : My PC always shutdown consistently after 2-3 hours, this happens suddenly and without any events being logged. Specs :   Intel core i7 870,   RAM 2gb x 2, ...
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Why does running Linux eventually cause my ThinkPad T430 to refuse to boot or enter diagnostics?

I have a Thinkpad T430. Every time that I install Linux (Latest CentOS) on it, after a while, the computer refuses to boot, go into bios, or boot / diagnostics menu. I've run Windows on it, and it ...
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Computer mysteriously seems to power on after surge, but no video or network

I have a box running Linux Mint I've been using as a file/plex host for about half a year to a year. Last night there was a brief power outage and I shut down both of my PCs (linux and Windows ...
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Timer (and animations) running at half speed

I noticed that recently all animations on my PC started running slowly (Aero animations, Games etc.) , although everything else is running normally. This seemed very strange, so I ran a simple C++ ...
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Window's 7 won't install any new hardware. ex. new usb? [closed]

I don't know what happened, (It might be after the latest windows update, thought I'm not sure) but windows won't recognize any usb that weren't previously installed. Also, (I'm not sure whether this ...
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Diagnosing hardware issue/Laptop won't boot

My (discontinued) HP Pavillion Notebook won't turn on. I encountered this issue RIGHT after the cord connecting my ac adapter to the wall outlet was unplugged (not the plug in the wall, but the ...
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I literally kicked my computer. Analysis and to do list for this situation? [closed]

I, about an hour ago, accidently kicked my PC. It wasn't that strong, but the impact shook the hull a little with sound, and the computer shut down immediately. I tried to turn it back on, but it ...
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What is that “partial poweroff” feature?

Sometimes, when computer boots, I see motherboard logo, and sometimes, I don't. The situation depends on how computer was turned off. I.e. operating system (software) can turn it of "partially", so ...
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Is this normal new HD SMART Health?

Temperature is around 49ºC / 120ºF Also, it is making a noise like if there was dust inside it. What can I do?!
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Can I determine this RAM slot is damaged? [duplicate]

While playing around with some old parts, I ended up with the following hardware setup: Mobo: ASROCK 775Dual-VSTA (2x DDRII slots) RAM: 2x Kingston DDRII 533 1GB (KVR533D2N4/1G) I noticed ...
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Installed Kubuntu on old hard drive and now it's making loud clicking noises

I recently installed Kubuntu on a very old hard drive (it's 10 years old at least). It installed OK, but when I started the computer, I heard the hard drive making loud noises – sounds most like the ...
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Netbook's fried motherboard. Can the RAM be safely salvaged?

I gave a RAM module to a relative for using in a small netbook. The motherboard of said computer got fried (allegedly due to overheating) and I was planning on getting the module back for using in its ...
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What am I looking for when using Memtest86?

I was told to download Memtest86 in order to check to see if RAM has any issues. I am at the main technical page and I’m not really sure what to look for. I have already run the test and it says there ...
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Will my hard drives be harmed if I hold down the power button for 5 seconds? [duplicate]

Sometimes I face the problems with my video card, so the system freezes. Reset button is broken, so the only way is to hold down power button for 5 secs. Guess that this action differs from power ...
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Would hardware-related GPU artifacts appear over remote desktop?

Could GPU artifacts manifest over virtual displays, like a remote desktop connection? My understanding is that hardware-related anomalies display wouldn't appear over a "virtual" display, like a ...
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Sudden bluescreens when interacting with the Steam platform

I recently made a build for a friend and things are running great, except he always gets bluescreens that indicate a hardware issue when interacting with the Steam platform. Bootscreens often occur as ...