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

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Sound (and possibly other functions) cut out on laptop, but only under specific conditions

I have an odd issue with my new Windows 7 laptop, and I'm at a loss to explain it. I was listening to a podcast downloaded to my hard drive (incidentally a StackExchange podcast) while I did the ...
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Lenovo T410 overheats since replacing HDD with SSD hard drive

As already mentioned in the title, my Lenovo T410 notebook overheats regularly since I've replaced my old harddisk with a SSD harddisk. My assumption is that the CPU is stressed since replacing the ...
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Virus or hardware failure?

I've been having an extremely odd problem with my desktop computer. It's a custom build (not built by me) running windows xp. Every so often 1 cpu (it's an amd x2) starts maxing out. When I look in ...
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PC system repeats for 15 times keyboard's key strikes in random moments

I have a PC system with a really strange issue, I think it's hardware. While typing, at random moments and usually after repetitive strikes of any key, or fast typewriting, it repeats the last ...
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Cannot Access Hard drive from a broken PC, I have it hook to a USB adapter and can see it in in computer management

I am trying to get the data off of a windows XP desktop hard drive that the motherboard died on. I have a USB adapter that allows me to plug any IDE or SATA hard drive into in then plug it into my PC ...
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Hard Drive is running at a crawl after intermittent startup issue. Is my HDD finished?

I woke up the other day to find that my Sony Vaio VPC wouldn't boot up after multiple attempts. After running a system diagnostic check using the built-in recovery partition that came with the laptop, ...
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Likely Kernel Panic, possible HDD Failure?

On Monday, during regular working on my Ubuntu 12.10 powered Dell Vostro 3300 laptop, the OS crashed all of a sudden, and I've been left with a black background screen with text that mostly consisted ...
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GPU overheated, computer won't start?

I recently got a new GPU and as I was playing a game today it overheated and my system just went dark. After about twenty minutes (of leaving my computer off) I open up my case, take out my GPU and ...
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Vertical lines going across my PC monitor

How do I get rid of 15 vertical lines going across my PC monitor? It is a HP Pavilion desktop running Windows 7 enterprise.
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A few of my Toshiba laptop keys stopped working

Some of my Toshiba laptop automatically stopped working. Right now I am using a wireless keyboard and all keys work on it. I wonder if it is something I did accidentally in the bottom "Find" ...
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System hangs after Windows startup

I have an Asus N61JQ laptop with Windows 8 Enterprise 64bit installed – same problems using Windows 7 X64 though. Sometimes my Windows hangs when I shut it down by pressing the power button, and when ...
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How to make smartd shut up about one particular offline uncorrectable sector?

I have a disk in a two-disk software RAID-1 for which recently an "offline uncorrectable sector" appeared in the SMART status. 198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0030 200 200 000 Old_age ...
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Check what file / software can cause a disk failure BSOD

On Windows 7 64-bit HP (regularly updated) I'm getting sometime a BSOD saying that the OS can't read a system file and restart the PC. I have one SSD (OS and software) and two HDDs (with software and ...
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Computer reset while partitioning specific hard drive, can't boot into Linux or Windows

My friend was partitioning a hard drive and it hung up for such a long time that he reset the computer while it was partitioning. Now, just plugging in the corrupted hard drive doesn't let ANY ...
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Dell Dimension 8400 error

I've got an old Dell Dimension 8400 that's occasionally getting this error: I\O card parity interrupt at C000:2100 Type (S)hut off NMI, (R)eboot, other keys to continue The keyboard don't work so I ...
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What can cause Internet connection to randomly fail?

From time to time, web pages don't open or open slowly, downloading big files stop after a few KB or MB (no errors are thrown, just no data is received). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't ...
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Laptop doesn't boot up (not even to bios settings) and has corrupted partition table

My laptop fails to boot up. Since it fails even before I could enter bios settings, I thought it has to be a hardware failure. To rescue my data, I removed the hard disk and plugged it to another PC. ...
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Laptop keyboard malfunctioning, not sure if keyboard itself, the ribbon cable, or motherboard

I am in possession of a Dell Inspiron 1440, and on the built in keyboard only certain keys work (Fine with USB keyboard). I took it apart and used some compressed air to clean it, and then when I ...
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Overheating RAM, ddr2 motherboard 2 slots

Recently, I bought a new memory stick to speed up my machine, which is the exact product that I have been using. The problem is either of the RAM overheats like after 5 minutes once my computer turns ...
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Weird black fading rectangles appearing on my monitor… Any clue?

Around 3 months ago I started noticing these weird black-faded lines that appear in the left side of my monitor. I'm 100% sure the issue is on my monitor because when i take a screen capture while the ...
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How to reroute sound from one hardware output to another using software?

My notebook had some champagne spilt on it a long time ago. As a result of this disaster the internal speakers went silent and don't make any sound, so I was forced to use external speakers via ...
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Odd HDD issue, should I be worried?

Ok, so I get my build up and running on Friday and everything was working great. I have two drives, a 256GB SDD connected via SATA 3(which is the boot drive.) and a 1 TB 7200RPM connected via SATA 2. ...
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Assembled PC not starting up

I recently assembled my first computer but when completed, I pressed the POWER button and the only feedback I received was the PLED brightness. No fan (power nor cpu) rotation, no beep, no video. I ...
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Windows 7 black screen, may be a hardware issue

Today my HP laptop suddenly started having the black screen issue: When booting up, after the Windows logo and the "Starting Windows" message, the screen just goes black. I know Windows keeps going ...
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Laptop spacebar key too low down

Today I was typing and after I pressed Space-bar a few times, it continued inputting on it's own. I took the space-bar off, and nothing seems to be stuck or broken; there is no debris and the clips ...
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What is the minimum amount of parts needed to get a beep code out of a PC?

When attempting to verify if either the motherboard or CPU is defective by connecting only the power supply and CPU to the motherboard, does a lack of a beep code imply that the motherboard is ...
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Is my NVIDIA GT 540M having a hardware failure?

I'm using a Sager NP5160 laptop, which has an NVIDIA GT 540M dGPU as well as integrated graphics. I'm dual-booting Windows 7 and Linux Mint. I've recently noticed issues with games not performing as ...
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Dell LATITUDE D630 won't power on. Need help diagnosing

So, I was using my laptop, which is indeed pretty old (Got it in '07). (As soon as I got it I replaced Windows Vista with XP.) Now, all of a sudden the computer powered off. The battery was almost ...
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Issue with a computer I built

I just built a new computer and I'm having an issue and want to know if this is CPU or Motherboard. The hardware is: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Intel i7 3770k Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Heat Sink Antec 750 ...
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PSU Issues - Antect 1000w Quattor

I have a server using a 1000w PSU from Antec. My Raid 6 was becoming degraded and I tried to repair without success. So I have looked at the drives and they are all operational. I have now found that ...
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Is there a software to test HDD internal mechanicals? [closed]

I hear this sound in my internal WD HDD and I don't know if it's a regular sound. I hear it randomly, it's a low volume rotational sound (with a high pitch) like whatever rotates is rubbing or needs ...
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Test for Hard Drive Failure?

I am having issues booting my computer and I have attempted multiple things, including booting into Linux to try and save files from there. However, I had issue with copying the files and I have begun ...
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Repeating Kernel panics and Hardware test hangs in Macbook Pro 15" Mid 2012 (Lion)

Four weeks ago, I got about 20 Kernel panics on my new MacBook Pro 9,1 (15", Mid 2012, i7 2,3 Quadcore with 8GB RAM and 512 GB SSD) with OS X Lion 10.7.5 and all available updates installed. They are ...
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What software to use to recover data from Samsung HD103UJ HDD?

I have a Samsung HD103UJ 1TB SATA HDD which is malfunctioning, but not a complete brick. If I try to boot off it, the boot takes forever and there is slow ticking sound. If I hot-plug it into a ...
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laptop screen goes blank

I have been trying to debug this laptop screen issue and the screen kinda flickers then it goes blank. The back light goes out as you can still see what is on the screen but it is very dark. There ...
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I have been told to accept one error with Memtest86+

Bought a new computer back in August with 4x4 GB RAM. Had problems with the RAM. They sent me four new sticks, which also generated errors. Singled out four sticks (from the eight I now had) that ...
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Tool to test HDD for health?

I've had my HDD replaced, and now my computer is freezing every 1 to 5 minutes for 5 to 10 seconds. Actually, only active applications freeze (but it can be ANY application), usually when I click ...
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HDD not detected whenever first power on (detected at BIOS level)

I am using Asus P8H61-M LX Motherboard with latest version of BIOS: 4401 One SATA-3 Western Digital Black Series 1.5TB is attached to SATA port 0 A Samsung 22x DVDRW SATA drive attached to ...
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Intel D2500HN Atom D2500 Doesn't turn on

I recently bought parts from Amazon to build an embedded PC, and have assembled everything. I have: Intel D2500HN Mini-ITX Motherboard Mini-Box Pico-PSU 80 M350 Universal Min-ITX Enclosure 2GB DDR3 ...
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Can this USB3 behaviour be anything else than a hardware failure?

While my motherboard is half a year old now (ASUS M5A99X EVO), I only recently made use of the USB3 boards (after purchase of USB3 external harddrive). However, I am encountering issues. I am running ...
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Hp pavilion dv7 power button

My power button is non responsive I am getting LED for charging. I've taken it apart before to change the dc jack and it was fine and a few months later it just powered off. I try to power back on and ...
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Computer clock not working properly

to cut the story short: there are two symptoms I can observe. First every time I turn my laptop on, the clock resets back to 1/1/2009 12:00AM. even if I don't disconnect my laptop from direct power ...
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Weird Memory Problems with Memtest86 Results [closed]

I'm having some trouble with one of my memory modules. The unit in question is a GSkill F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL. I started noticing my computer was acting up yesterday when I started getting artifacts ...
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New Hard Drive beeps once when started

I just bought a new SATA hard drive (the Samsung HN-M101MBB) and connected it to my pc via a external drive reader (the Sharkoon Quickport), when I turned the docking station power on the hard drive ...
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Hard Drive not recognised by BIOS and no visible damage on PCB

An external IDE harddrive that I have has recently stopped working quite suddenly, when tried in other computers it is not even recognised by the BIOS or by a Linux recovery disk. I assumed that the ...
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Non-functional laptop screen, suddenly starts working after CheckDisk (but than dies again)

I got a very mysterious problem. I got an HP Pavilion DV7-2270US 17.3', that serves me for the last 3 years (bought at 09/11). About 1 year ago the laptop screen just stopped working (without any ...
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Options on boot medium for NAS?

I have a NAS machine with an Atom motherboard that has only 4 SATA ports. The case has 4 hot swap bays, each with a 2TB disk. The machine runs CentOS and the hard disks are configured in Linux ...
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Computer has video artifacts after been exposed to rain

My desktop now displays video artifacts after been exposed to rain. Only a very small amount of moisture went inside the case. The only place I noticed any water was on the CPU socket. I used a hair ...
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My hard drive indicates a SMART trip, should I toss it or does it still have purpose? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Seriousness of a “Smart” disk error. How long will it last? My hard drive has a SMART trip, and while I have a rough understanding of this, I don't know the severity ...
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PC doesn't start but CPU fan bursting

When I switch the power on my computer will not start properly but what happen is: the CPU fan will burst from 1/10 of turn and after nothing. the light of the front panel will flash one time the ...