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

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Smart values drop to 0 then comes back up

Acronis Drive Monitor has been sending me the following (email) alerts Disk health has fallen below the warning threshold. Current health: 59% Warning threshold: 70% By the time I open ADM, disk ...
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Bios Doesn't See HD, But HD Known to be Good

I have an Asus Eee PC 1215B, whose hard drive I replace about 8 months ago after the previous one died. It had a 250GB SATA 3.0 drive which I cloned to a 500GB SATA 6.0 drive. After 8 months of ...
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Windows 7 recycle bin is damaged after an abrupt drop in electric current

I always use an inverter when using my computer, but it does not support any abrupt break in electric current. So my computer—running Windows 7 Integral Edition—suddenly powered off. Then when I ...
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Why can I view my data in TestDisk but not otherwise? How can I recover the hard drive?

A few days ago I was working on my computer and my hard drive decided it was time to say goodbye; the screen froze, and when I tried booting my computer it failed. I take the drive out, put it into ...
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Media test failure, No boot device found, Works if start laptop again on a Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520)

It’s 3rd time, I'm starting my Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520) laptop and it’s showing this error. Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Series v2.41 (06/08/11) PXE-E61: Media test ...
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Can loose metal piece cause unclean shutdown?

A laptop I administer has recently been suffering from random unclean shutdowns when it is moved around. Not every time, perhaps once every 3-5 days, but still annoying. I finally got around to taking ...
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CPU turns on then off if pins not removed

My computer's power on button's no longer working so my friend rewired it to use the restart button as a power on button. I don't know what happened but suddenly when I try to turn the computer on, it ...
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How to fix my laser printer failing to print certain areas?

I recently acquired a used HP LaserJet M1217nfw MFP. When I print the demo page from the settings menu, certain areas of the page fail to be printed. It looks sort of like white stripes through the ...
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Troubleshoot possible dead motherboard or PSU on 2 PC

I have a problem with 2 computers. Both are completely dead and don't respond when clicking the Power button. The computers worked fine for about a year ago, but hasn't been used since. I suspected ...
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Drives not working after failed factory reset of NAS?

I got an old ReadyNas 1100 that had 4x500GB drives from start. One gave up so there were 3. I thought I should by some upgrade disks and went ahead and bought 2x2TB. Now begin the dream. I just ...
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Unable to shutdown, who to blame?

My PC has always suffered from this problem: upon reboot, the power, instead of staying up and running until BIOS POST, most of the time (but not always, and that's why I don't think this has never ...
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computer freezes 5 - 10 minutes after boot

I am running Windows Vista, for 3 years I have had no problems, not one. Now - after the second reformat I have ever done on it, it freezes after a seemingly random amount of time after boot. It ...
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Network connection breaks again and again?

My PC sometimes disconnects from the network. By disconnecting I mean without any possible reason. My system shows no error in network, no problem with the router and how do I know its only my PC ...
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CPU fan not always running on system start-up

I've recently noticed that the CPU fan fails to run on computer start-up. If I disconnect its power cable and reconnect it, it will run normally every time and for the whole duration the PC is on. ...
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Should I buy a 'Red' or 'NAS' Hard Drive if my desktop computer is on all the time? [closed]

I leave my computer on all the time. Over the last 10 years I've lost an average of about one hard drive per year. I have Seagate and Western Digital warranty exchange addresses memorized :-) Right ...
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Can BSOD cause bad sectors on a hard drive?

What I mentioned as "bad sectors" here are quoted from following scan/test: result from CHKDSK, referred as "Bad Sectors" on the report screen. result from HD Tune - Error Scan, referred ...
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Hard drive clicking after computer being hit, stopped after a few reboots, will my hard drive survive?

I managed to accidentally hit my desktop pc, and the hard drive (my data drive, I have a SSD for boot) started to click and rumble and it was really loud. I rebooted the pc a couple times, and it ...
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HP Laserjet 4l paper jam - probably electronics behind phototransistor defect - how to check?

I have a problem with our old HP Laserjet 4L. The paper jam indicator flashes after the printer fed the 2nd sheet of paper a few centimetres into the machine. The first page after powering on the ...
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Motherboard won't post AFTER I click restart button OR do it via Windows

As the title says, computer starts up fine from shutdown but when I try to restart it, it simply won't reboot. The fans spin, lights are on and everything is working but the motherboard won't post. ...
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P5K with any network adapter - losing Internet connection on high transfer rates

(In the sequence/answer of/to this post) I have a P5K since they were released. Started having that issue with my first Win7. My solution at that time was some driver that didn't have that issue, I ...
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Application not found if clicking empty DVD disk icon

Should Windows 8.1 display window to place files if double-clicking CD disk icon? My box does not. It shows absurd "Application not found" message. How to fix?
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Deleted USB Partitions, now USB drive shows as “No Media”

I've recently been using a USB formatted as HFS+. I was in need of wiping it and formatting it for Windows, so that's what I did. It had an EFI partition as it was a boot device. I attempted to ...
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What hardware is responsible for crashing my system? [closed]

For the last few years, my system will sometimes lock down shortly after boot. I assume it is hardware related, but I cannot figure out what part is responsible. I've had the harddrives formatted ...
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Burned PSU possibly damaged hardware

My PSU recently burned out, I don't know if other hardware was affected is it safe to buy a new PSU and use my PC as I normally do? How do I check for potential damages? CPU: i7 2700K 3.5GHz GPU: ...
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System startup error in Windows 7

Lot of times i start the system it does not started thus time mouse and keyboard has no power. After sometimes it will started to faced the following issue in system startup in windows 7: 502M ...
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Left arrow key is sporadically unresponsive

I use the left arrow key quite a bit in the course of my work. Over the past few days I've found that it is occasionally unresponsive, and I need to press it a second time in order to deploy it. I'm ...
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My LCD monitor cycles on and off when I turn on my computer sometimes, makes whirring noise while doing so

For the past two days, when I've started my desktop computer, the monitor was black and didn't seem to be receiving a signal, so I'd restarted and everything seemed to work normally. Today, when I ...
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What could cause an abnormal voltage measure from the PSU besides a defective PSU?

For a while now I've been having random system freezes and reboots, especially when the GPU is under load. I looked in the bios and saw the 12v rail giving out 17v (!). Assuming this is a faulty PSU I ...
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USB flash drive not working or is appearing as an empty disk drive, Disk Management reports “No Media” with 0 bytes size

I have a USB flash drive which is no longer recognized by my computer. Windows Disk Management and DiskPart report No Media with no storage space (0 bytes) on the drive and I cannot partition or ...
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White / gray screen on monitor when off ( plus buzzing )

So I picked up a monitor in the department "free bin" and it works great except for two things: When it's off, it displays this white/gray screen -- which I suppose could be the default setting, but ...
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“No Battery is Detected” but battery works

The Question: How do I get my battery to be detected again? My system is dual boot Windows/Linux. On Linux, for a while, the system claimed that the battery was always at 15%. Now, it says there's ...
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No sound on back panel on a GA-MA790XT-UD4P

in both Windows and GNU/Linux I can't get sound on the back panel jacks of a Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P motherboard. However, when I connect an audio jack to the front panel audio header, it works. ...
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Hard Drive Ultra DMA CRC Error Count

I've read every single question related to this topic and really haven't gotten any answers. These suggestions: Try different cable. Look if cable connector is connected good with connector on ...
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Can't find stable drivers for GTX260 - Is it dying?

I have a gtx260 card (this one to be precise http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=116) The issue I'm having is that pretty often the screen goes black and comes back after 1-5 seconds, with the ...
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DebugLED undocumented codes

i have a asrock x85 extreme mainboard. But its not starting anymore. I removed all RAM and all extensioncards to one graphiccard. Inside the computer its a debug-led displays: 00, E8, 01, b2, then ...
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Is My Monitor Starting To Go?

I've had this monitor for just about 7 and a half years now (it was made in August 2007) and every time it comes back on after my computer has been in sleep mode, it would flicker and now sometimes it ...
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Error 12 on rtl8169sc/tg3269

I have a pci based gigabit tplink tg3269 ethernet card which I am attempting to set up on a P8z77V. I'm getting "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. If you want to use this ...
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Install windows 98 on my PC [closed]

I want to install windows 98 on my PC. But it says that windows 98 is supported by the system. Here are the specifications of the PC Processor - Core 2 Quad 6600 Mother Board Chip set - G 41 Ram - 4 ...
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strategies for sucessful hardware debugging?

I have a build with a obvious hardware error, and I am stumped on how to debug it. system: i5-4690k z97m-g43 2+1GB avexir DDR3-1300 crucial m550 120GB SSD corsair CX500M kubuntu 14.04 (64bit) ...
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Ran power through a USB port- am I out of luck?

I'd like to preface this by saying I'm an idiot. Long story short, I stuck my Acer Aspire V's power cable into one of its USB ports and the computer unceremoniously died. Plugging it in shows no ...
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Memory Issues But memorytest is clean

I got a 16GB system, and lately (I have made no hardware changes lately and no real software changes either) its been doing weird things with crashing and not letting me use all the memory. SPECS: ...
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There is something odd with my CPU

When gaming I get a ton of lag even though a very small portion of my resources gets utilized. I've narrowed it down to my CPU not behaving as it should. It gets extremely hot (80+ degrees). It's not ...
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Vertical streak on Sony VAIO laptop LCD

My fiancee has had this laptop for quite a few years (bought new in ~2009/2010), and around 2012/2013 it started showing a vertical line about 2 inches left of center. At first we weren't too ...
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Blue Screen of Death - My Sony laptop crashes very often

I have a Sony VAIO laptop which is giving me blue screen problem from some days. I thought it might be because of corrupted Operating system, so I refereshed the operating system installation but the ...
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Screen broken, cannot see repair instructions

Prologue My laptop screen has a crack and so I have attached it to an external screen. Main Problem Now, once what happened is that I switched off my laptop when Windows was installing updates ...
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ERROR 2100 HDD0 boot error disk not found windows 8.1

today I started my ThinkPad T400 to do some changes in switchable graphics driver. During installation of driver of internal graphic card bluescreen error occured ...
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my computer wont turn on after installing new ram

I've installed new RAM (Adata Premier PC3-10600 4GB DDR3 1333MHz 240Pin U-DIMM Ram) in my PC. When I power it up, it turns on for two seconds and then shuts down, only to turn itself back on a second ...
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Checklist for new laptop whether it runs as intended [closed]

My new laptop arrives today. My last laptop went funny within a week: The shop allowed me to turn it in for a different one instead of me having to wait a couple of weeks. Now I want to make sure ...
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No sound on both Windows and Linux [closed]

I have a computer with many Windows and Manjaro installed. Everything has worked fine for months. Recently, the sound stopped working on both Windows and Linux. On Windows, the sound manager lists ...
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Different CPU info on Windows and Linux?

I have a (as in factory specs) 3.6 GHz AMD FM2 A8-Series A8 5600K CPU and There is at lease 0.2 GHz difference between hardware reports in Windows and Linux. I was tested on: Win7 ultimate x64 ...