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

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Long-term media failure rates

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 ...
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I suspect my hard drive is causing my computer to lag

I have my 5 year old computer that I've done some alterations to but works fine for the most part. Sometimes, when I have been using it for a while, it freezes for a couple of seconds and I hear ...
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Is it possible for a computer to be too cold?

My computer runs about 25-27 °C, which is okay during Winter, because I keep the house at about 20 °C. I am a bit concerned that it might be too cold during the summer months and that condensation may ...
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WiFi+BT AR5B22. When starting linux - BT disappears. Disappears at all

I have a problem with my laptop wireless card in linux (xubuntu or kali, you choose). It is a wifi(abgn)+BT4.0 miniPCI-E half module from Atheros. FCC ID is PPD-AR5B22 (wikidevi have info about it: ...
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Access old Users folder on backed up hdd

I tried googling to no avail. Here is my problem My old harddrive needed to be replaced, so i imaged it and copied to a new hdd. I later upgraded the hardware significantly and installed a new ...
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Segmentation fault while installing any linux distro (or windows)

I'm need of a little help from you. I'm having troubles while installing any distribution of Linux (or even Windows) in a computer .. I never had troubles installing an operating system in this ...
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PXE media failure.Hard Drive most likely failed

I had a dual boot setup (Windows 7 / Crunchbang 11 ) on my 640GB WD hard drive with 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition(Linux).sda7 was root(~25GB) while sda8(~220GB) was home A week or ...
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eGPU extreme failure. What went wrong?

I attempted to setup an eGPU system today using a PE4L 2.1 and GTX 650 card, and after making all of the proper connections with my laptop off, I plugged in the PSU (520 Watts) to power the 650 and ...
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Desktop PC won't boot after power outage

My desktop PC won't boot into windows (stock after POST) after power outage although I am not working on the PC when this happens and it happens each time a power outage occurs. When I run windows ...
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Can't get audio, can't isolate cause

I'm running a computer with the following specs: OS Windows 7, Ubuntu 14.04 HDD0 256GB SAMSUNG 840 EVO HDD1 300GB SEAGATE HDD2 2TB WEST DIG BLUE HDD3 750GB DELL ENTERPRISE HDD4 750GB ...
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Windex in a keyboard

After noticing that the screen and keyboard on his laptop were dirty were dirty, my friend used a Windex spray to clean them. (not on my advice.... ;) Now most of the keys on his keyboard, when ...
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Flickering screen, despite different graphic cards

I'm using debian linux (but that's probably irrelevant) and my screen has start flickering. Not much, you can only see it on a black screen with white text on, but there it's really annoying. I've ...
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Dell webcam error “No Supported webcam found” and driver not listed in device manager [closed]

I have a Dell Inspiron 15R N5110 dual boot OS(win7/ubuntu) laptop.But today after opening webcam central It shows a error message "No Supported webcam found" and "please plug in a supported device". ...
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Probability of external physical factors corrupting computer data and calculations?

In the discussion of unreasonably bad sorts, there was an answer that claims alpha particles flipping memory bits can be used as a sorting algorithm. Which makes me wonder: How probable do external ...
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Battery reports it's fine, but notebook won't boot /wo AC plugged in

I am running Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG. I opened it up to clean (as I've done twice before), assembled it back and now observe weird behaviour: the laptop won't react to the power button ...
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Amd driver stopped responding and has recovered from an error

So this is 3 weeks since I got the GPU Sapphire R9 270 2GB. The other specs for my PC are: CPU: Amd FX 8320 PSU: Corsair RM 750W RAM: 4GB DDR3 1366 (for now) SSD: Samsung 840 Evo Motherboard: ...
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Audio rapidly fades out every time a sound is played

I recently installed a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Fx sound card in a computer running audiovisual experiments that involve the repetition of short (on the order of 100 milliseconds in duration) ...
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Computer Freezes for some time after beeps from motherboard

I have Gigabyte 970a ds3 rev3.0 motherboard. While running some applications I hear some beeps and at that time my pc freezes but after few seconds it again runs fine. Can this happen because of a ...
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PC doesn't turn on after long shutdown [closed]

When the PC is off for a couple of hours it turns on for a few seconds and then turns off again. To get the PC working again I have to remove to power-cable and the battery. Then it boots normally. I ...
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Is my motherboard failing, or is there some other issue?

So, several months ago I put together my own desktop PC. I set up a dual boot to Windows and Ubuntu. Recently, without changing any settings or installing anything new, the wifi stopped working on ...
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Has the hardware in my modem gone bad?

I contacted CenturyLink about my modem recently and received useless and unrelated information. The problem seems to be that the modem will no longer save settings, the web interface is unusable ...
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Clone a hard drive with ubuntu live?

My desktop hard drive is failing and I have to clone windows 8 and all my files asap! Was thinking that I could boot into ubuntu live and copy my failing drive to an external drive then swap it out ...
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Random Reboots on a Windows 8.1 Custom Build

I have a Windows 8.1 custom PC that I built about 6 months ago. It worked great for several months with no problems, but about three months ago it started to reboot randomly. My computer works fine ...
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How to enable 802.11n Wi-Fi?

I have a 150-Mbit capable router and a notebook with Atheros AR9485-EG wireless adapter. The connection speed is always 54 Mbit/s. The router is set to b/g/n mode. If to set it into 11n-only mode the ...
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F5 key stuck on laptop even without keyboard

I'm having a weird problem with F5 key. the system continuously detect F5 key press. If I open web browser,tabs keeps refreshing.Detect keypress even while booting from external USB device(live ...
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Gaming keyboard G265 not responsive and backlight keeps flashing

My new Genius G265 gaming keyboard is not responsive and keeps flashing the backlight. In Windows I hear repeating ding sounds as if I removed the keyboard and plugged it back in. If I manage to turn ...
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I burned out the USB ports — can I salvage the motherboard? [closed]

I had a general purpose computer ( no hardcore gaming and such, just some 3d modeling ) from ~2009, running windows7, quad core2 2.40GHz, 4GB Ram, motherboard GA-P35-DS3R. Yet I managed to connect ...
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Why is RAID rebuild/recovery tied to a specific RAID card?

I would assume that although the RAID specification itself does not detail the implementation, the manufacturer of the card would like to write the RAID implementation just once and reuse that in all ...
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Random Boot Loop

I am experiencing that my computer is rebooting at random times and not even reaching BIOS. It happens mostly after my computer have been turned off over the night. but sometime just random. Here's ...
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Computer random shutdown while playing game, 3 long beeps

My computer randomly shutdown while playing a game. It started beeping. 3 long beeps, 1 per second, then repeated after 5 seconds. I just installed a new GFX card (750 Ti), and reseated the CPU heat ...
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Windows computer getting Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) after a fall

Accidentally knocked my laptop onto the ground last night and have been having some trouble with it since. After picking it up, I opened the screen to make sure there wasn't any obvious damage and, ...
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Notebook display is partially blank (white) after resuming from hibernation

My Toshiba Satellite R945-P440 notebook running Windows 7 sometimes has a ~1/3 blank white display. This almost always occurs upon waking up from hibernation, though can happen when rebooting. ...
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Upgraded Computer, Now It Turns Off Randomly/Won't Turn On

I have recently upgraded my computer and now it turns off at random times. Sometimes, I'll be on all day and there will be no problem. Sometimes it'll be a couple hours and it'll shut off. And ...
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Stange experience in my laptop of certain keys not working

I actually asked this in HP support forums and their Customer Service Rep., but no one knows whats going on.So, I am throwing open this question here , esp. so that some Geek Squad guy, who has seen ...
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Computer Freezes but no Idea why

I have a 2 year old desktop, with x86 32-bit processor, and came originally installed with Windows 7. I since installed Ubuntu 12.4 and now run both dual booted. Running in either OS, my screen ...
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WD My Cloud disconnecting from network during file transfer

I bought a WD My Cloud 2 TB and when I opened it for the first time, it offered for me to upgrade to the latest firmware version: 3.04.01. I upgraded, then I started to copy my files into drive. After ...
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DDR2 DIMM only works if alone in channel

I'm trying to use 4 DDR2-800 DIMMs together: 2*1GB 5-5-5-15 1.9V and 2*2GB 5-4-4-15 2.1V. Either set works fine by itself at 5-5-5-15 at either 1.9V or 2.1V, but combining the sets doesn't work. I've ...
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Acer Monitor - No Response to Power Supply?

Model No is S231HL, for reference. As I was packing to leave my dorm, I unplugged it for the first time in a long time. It was working just a few minutes before this. I then realized I wasn't sure ...
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What could be causing multiple computers in an office to restart?

Two months ago, one of the computers in our office began to restart randomly. The restarts didn't seem to follow any pattern - the CPU temperature never fluctuated and it happened both when idle and ...
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PC doesn't make it to the BIOS, except when it was turned off for a really long time

I bought a new graphic-card and put a spare hard-drive in my old pc (got myself a new one). Then I installed freshly Windows 7 professional again and the PC worked fine for a few months. I don't ...
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Keyboard suddenly starts to randomly skip letters

I have an Asus (K52Jr) laptop for almost 4 years now. I'm working from home for almost 3 years so I use the laptop extensively. I never had a problem with the keyboard, but, suddenly yesterday it ...
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How do I fix my DELL Studio 1535 audio ports?

for a while, my audio ports have been acting up. I have 3, one is mic and two are headphones. The two headphone ports do not work properly and I have to spin and wiggle the audio jack inside the port ...
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Reboot on hardware freeze

OS: Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 How can I make sure that even if the kernel has a very low level, massive failure, the system will reboot? Or if that is impossible, what is the best freeze to reboot ...
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Is it a hardware error for the audio device

Last night, after I restart my laptop ( DELL Inspiron 14 N5010 ) the audio device is gone and it says no speakers or head phones are plugged in . I've tried uninstall the audio device in the ...
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possible data recovery service options

My internal HDD failed due to a sudden power outage. I can hear beeping sounds like the motor is trying to spin the drive up and failing to do so. This drive contains all my important data ( ...
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I must forgo half the RAM, otherwise computer freezes, hardware issue suspected

I have 8GB of RAM. Debian reports seeing 7.8, Windows about the same. A few months ago I installed Debian dual-boot on my Win7 home machine. At the time I thought it'd be a good idea to open up the ...