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

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Can CPU temperatures below “critical” cause severe permanent damage to my computer?

I have a Toshiba Satellite P755-S5215 laptop, from 2012. It's got a 2.2 GHz Intel Mobile i7-2670QM CPU, with a stock board and integrated graphics. It's a good workhorse, but sometimes it undergoes ...
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computer crashes due to supposed power surges

I built my computer half a year ago, I have never had a problem. I started playing shogun 2 through steam a few days ago, and last night when I went to play, it told me it was already running(though I ...
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Monitor not fully turning on and producing loud noise

Today my old Acer monitor, which is connected to a PC through a DVI-D cable started to produce quite loud (in comparison to barely noticeable sounds many monitors emit) persistent hissing sound on ...
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A piece of soil actually landed on the PCB on my hard drive

I was installing some new hardware in my computer when I looked down and noticed a small pile of soil around the size of a BB pellet (the computer was not on when this happened.) Can soil discharge ...
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Weird waves on screen

I have an HP Elite computer with Nvidia GeForce GT230. The machine is connected to two monitors with VGA and DVI. The system is running ArchLinux with nvidia 340.96. My problem is the appearance of ...
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Can I replace this Asus laptop's motherboard with a different but very similar one?

The motherboard of my Asus N550JK DS71T laptop broke. The model of the motherboard reads 60NB04L0-MB1030(216). Will replacing it with a model 60NB04L0-MB1021(216) work?
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No display on boot after changing hard disk. Motherboard fried?

I just put a new SSD in my computer, replacing an old one. Something I've done plenty of times before but this time when I powered-up the PC I get no display. When I press the power button all the ...
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Issues after Hard Drive Failure - Used Mklink, Uninstalled/Reinstalled, Game won't launch

Ok quick background: My system is set up ssd for os and some programs and hdd for secondary programs/storage. I used mklink a while back to link the a game folder in C:\Program Data to a location ...
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USB dance pad stopped working [closed]

I am trying to get a USB dance pad (that was working fine until today or yesterday) to work. It gives me a "device descriptor request failed" error: The wiring looked a little frayed, so I decided ...
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Unable to start Windows without several reboots after installing (and than uninstalling) Ubuntu as a secondary OS

When I start the PC, screen displays the Asus (motherboard) logo, then the screen goes black and becomes inactive. If I restart the PC couple of times, it will finally load Windows. It began when I ...
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RAID 5 controller port multiplier

I have 6x320GB HDD and I was considering to create a RAID 5 system (it's for storage only). I use ubuntu 14.04 and I want to ask what RAID controller card allows for 4 (or more) ports without ...
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Just installed device not working: hardware or software

A digitizer (touchscreen) device I just replaced on my Asus T100TA refuses to work. Although I can't find drivers specifically for this device on a vendors support page, Windows reports that the ...
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Will gravity affect cables cables hanging from my computer?

My laptop is raised on on a box, and the USB, power and HDMI cables stick out horizontally and then fall to the desk. The USB cables in particular do seem to be coming out of the socket at an ...
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ScanSnap s1300i “unable to connect … due to an error in the program's operating environment” 0x80004005

Ever since upgrading to Windows 10 I am getting this error: Unable to connect with ScanSnap due to an error in the program's operating environment. (0x80004005) Uninstall ScanSnap Manager, and then ...
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Is it possible to restore windows 10 from empty hard drive if plenty of system restore points saved? [duplicate]

Apparently my hard drive was wiped so I lost everything. I don't know if this is possible, but would the system restore points I had saved be in some other partition that I would be able to boot into? ...
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What could cause my pc to freeze?

I bought myself a new computer last month and I am experiencing a lot of (random) freezes. What freezes? The screen and pc freeze completely, I can no longer use my keyboard or mouse. The only thing ...
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Dump BIOS from Mobo with no visual output?

I have a hardware problem or with an ASUS P5N-D motherboard. Issues: No visibility of whether the Mobo POSTs since no output from 2 Graphics cards using the PCI-E slot - no other display output ...
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Unreasonable laptop performance

My laptop has some serious issues with performance. The specifications of my laptop:  Lenovo Y50-70  RAM: 16GB  CPU: Intel i7-4710HQ @2.5GHz  Graphics: GeForce GTX 860M 4GB ...
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Laptop hardware damaged? [duplicate]

Windows 7 x64 blue screened every few minutes with error code 124, but worked in secure mode.(EDIT: safe mode) I tried reinstalling windows, which didn't work, so i tried to install various Linux ...
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Fans works even after shutdown

I have kind of a big problem. After I shutdown the PC, some of my case fans (including the one with the LED and the LED) remains runnning and even my CPU fan. Sometimes it happens for all of them to ...
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Back panel USB 2.0 ports not working

I have a MSI micro atx mother board and the back panel usb 2.0 ports don't seem to be working. If I plug any USB device into it, the device does not register. However, the front panel usb 2.0 ports ...
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PC rebooting randomly when NOTplaying games

I've recently moved from an Asus P8Z77-V LX2 to an MSI Z77IA-E53. After this move, my PC started restarting randomly. But, unlike anything else I've found so far, it's only when there isn't a game ...
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DCLCD DCL9C Monitor power issues

Lately my DCLCD DCL9C monitor has had some troubles. In order to use it I had to toggle the power button upwards of 20 times. Hitting the power button would show the proper display for a second and go ...
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HP ElitePad BSOD & then Failure to Boot — No Reaction At All to Power Button

I was using my HP ElitePad 900 to browse (Windows 10) and got a random BSOD Memory_Management. I didn't make much of it but after the computer shut down, I tried turning it on and no response. I've ...
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What might be the cause of lag of the OS in my computer?

I have a laptop running Manjaro 15.12 that was working perfectly before I came back from my holidays. The computer is four years old but it has an (old) Intel i7 and 8GB of RAM. Now it lags in a ...
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Laptop stops and starts charging randomly

I have an ASUS laptop and it randomly starts and stops charging without moving the cables. The battery is brand new and seems to be working fine. The DC Adapter is professionally tested and seems to ...
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Disk has 73 bad sectors - should I be worried?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS and the standard "Disks" application says "Disk is OK, 73 bad sectors (30° C / 86° F)". The temperature is a bit high because that just recently I copied a lot of data ...
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PSU blows fuse after fan replacement

I replaced a fan on a Nexus PSU by splicing the wires of the old fan. I've done this before and haven't faced any problems. However, this time there is something I don't understand going on. After ...
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My laptop won't turn on

My laptops' battery is dead, I used to use it with the AC adapter only (without battery). Suddenly it wouldn't start anymore; I gave it to a service center for repairs. Then it started and worked for ...
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Why does my computer freeze with stuttering audio and get hot? (Possible cooling fan failure?)

I have the HP Pavilon g7 (part HP Pavilon g series) and lately it's been getting hot really quickly. I have a cooling fan plate with a USB input for it and that keeps it cool, but it doesn't always ...
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Custom build PC always starts the second time

A couple months ago I build my custom PC. Everything works fine apart what PC always starts just the second time. When I press the power button it starts and after 3-5sec just turns off, when I press ...
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Need some directions to determine what to check on my Computer

My PC has been lagging badly lately. At first I thought I may have installed bad software or may have been a virus but it wasn't the case. Ultimately I've chosen to reformat my Windows 10 PC and so ...
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Surface Pro 3 Typecover is constantly breaking

Surface Pro 3 Typecover seems to stop responding for random amounts of time. This is getting really annoying because every time I try to use the typecover 7/10 times it breaks. Anyone know a permament ...
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Pc won't start after new ram

I have 4 GB RAM (2x2) and I just bought 4 GB Kingston (the old and the new are both Kingston same frequency). I put new RAM into the slot but the PC don't start. I reset BIOS and removed the BIOS ...
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No display output from the computer

I'm not that good with hardware and I'm having problem with newly assembled PC, I have two monitors connected to asus g970 graphics card on my computer. Computer when switched on, all lights are lit ...
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Remove bad sectors on a hard disk in Windows 10

My old laptop has become utterly slow and unresponsive to the extent that after loading it takes a good 30-40 mins before I can even use it. It's mostly in an unresponsive state and doesn't change ...
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Hard drive is being weird

I am on the verge of buying a new hard disk but before I do that I wanted to exhaust all of the possible troubleshooting I can do before giving up on my 1.5 year old disk. So my hard drive started ...
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What are the risks of using second hand CPUs and memory modules?

I am a scientist and I want to build a powerful computer with enough RAM to handle large spatial simulations and analyses. I am thinking about using second hand computer parts and I would like to ...
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System will not boot with hard drive connected

After closing my laptop, which sets it to hibernate. Upon reopening the computer froze, I rebooted. Upon rebooting the computer will not get past the acer screen, with no options to go to BIOS or any ...
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My computer turns off after 0.5 seconds

Since this morning, my computer won't start. I was using it normally (playing) and it suddenly turned off. Now it won't start. Sometimes, when I press the power button, it starts for half a second to ...
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Computer Crash with coloured bars on screen

I am having a problem with my computer that while playing games with heavy rendering load (Fallout 4 / Anno 2205) my computer will crash and I will get thick horizontal/vertical bars filling my main ...
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ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Debug error code 79 and 5A

While working on Windows 10, my desktop computer suddenly rebooted itself and stops to display a POST screen. Computer was running on low profile and has never been overclocked. Computer ...
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Computer attached to UPS temporarily died when another computer was plugged in

The scenario: I attached a desktop to a power strip that was connected to a UPS and then all the other components on the UPS shut off. I thought I might have accidentally clicked the kill switch on ...
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Bright line on sceen

I carry my tablet in my bag most of the times and so I did the same today. Only, today, when I got back home I noticed this: My screen now has a nasty bright line on the left side. What is it? How ...
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What are the best ways to avoid overheating crashes?

I have a laptop that is getting old but my financial situation isn't the best. When I play some types of games that uses HQ graphics libraries like Call of Duty my computer is getting up to 90 degrees ...
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External drive seems to work but doesn't respond to Linux tools for repair

I have an external Seagate drive that I'm trying to get to mount by restoring the superblock. The system can see that the disk exists and read the label, but most tools that I run on disk stop ...
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PC - No Video out even with Brand New RAM and Mobo

Here are the specs: Mobo: G41M-P25 RAM: Stick 1 & 2: Patriot PSD34G1333KH 4GB PC3 DDR3 10600 CL9 2x2GB 1.5V Stick 3: Elite 4GB DDR3 1333 CL 9-9-9-24 1.5V (ALL sticks are unbuffered) CPU: Dual ...
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Is this freeze on Windows 10 a hardware issue?

I have experienced a one minute freeze on my up-to-date Windows 10 Education Edition. The question is if it is a hardware or software issue. The notebook is an older HP ProBook 4730s. Comprehensive ...
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Is it safe to keep laptop inside an iron made almirah? [duplicate]

I am thinking of buying an almirah made up of iron and wish to store my laptop inside it. Is it safe ? My concern is that iron being a ferromagnetic material could interfere with the electronics of ...
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Incompatible memory modules, but memtest86+ shows no errors

I can't understand how is this possible: If I use two 4GB memory kit-s (4 modules, 8GB total) as soon as I boot there are ext4 errors (missing files, mysql indicates InnoDB corruption, etc). It's ...