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 shuts off after heatsink upgrade

I just recently replaced the stock heatsink that came with the AMD FX-8150 with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo and have been having a lot of issues with my computer ever since. I first noticed the ...
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What is the equivalent of dmesg on WinXP and later?

The output from dmesg is often useful for determining which hardware is detected on a given system but it is also very useful for looking at hardware errors such as when wifi interface won't work or ...
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Video card and PowerSupply problems, perhaps? I don't really know

I have an Asus M4A77TD PRO MoBo, and a Gigabyte Nvidia GTS250 as video card. For several months, I have been detecting some strange things: Random hangs for a period of time in all games, for a start. ...
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Flickering white lines displayed whilst playing games in high quality [duplicate]

My computer specs are Asus M4A88T-M Antec BP550 Plus 550W G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SD-RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM Nvidia 550ti 1gb 192bit video card Anthon 2 3.2ghz x3 ...
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When I play games that require high graphics I get white flickering

Alright my computer when i play games will flicker white across the screen and some games will even crash immediately after getting in the game, I only have the problem with games that require high ...
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Ignore device that has malfunctioned

Using Windows 7, I am getting this message USB Device Not Recognized One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it. However I do not ...
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Need help diagnosing cause of BSOD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any advice on what to do when getting a cryptic blue screen in windows? I've got a Windows 7 PC here that was getting very frequent BSODs. The error codes were variant ...
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Graphics failures on both linux and windows

On windows, if I allow the system turn the monitors off (due to being idle), about once a week, it will fail to resume. There does not seem to be a pattern to this. On linux (Arch 64, fully updated ...
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Failure afther upgrade linux 12.04. and finally my hard drive not detected in bios [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Failure after upgrade linux 12.04 and not detected disk drive While trying to upgrade Linux last week my computer hung. I finally tried to restart my machine but the ...
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replacing failed HDD in Lacie 2big

I have a Lacie 2big Network, 2 x 1 TB in mirror. One of them failed 3 days ago. It produces a clicking sound, the Raid status shows endless "Synchronizing". If I buy a new HDD, same type, and replace ...
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Why has my computer started to make noises when I turn it on after I put it into sleep mode for the first time a week ago?

I would usually have my pc on all day and fully shut it down at night time before I went to bed. I decided to put it into sleep mode instead the other day and everything was fine but when I woke it ...
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Screen occasionally flashes black

A few months ago I bought myself a new computer. Since then the monitor have been occasionally flashing black for a second or so, and I've been looking for - and failing to find - a solution. Will ...
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Desktop Computer Starts, BIOS runs, Shuts Down

I have an "older" Dell (2010 model), when I start the computer up, it loads the BIOS, shows grub, but when I try to boot into Ubuntu, Recovery or Memtest it dies. I should also note that the grub ...
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Freezing of computer while watching flash videos (contd) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer freezing while watching Flash videos from net I have asked this similar question Computer freezing while watching Flash videos from net two week before. As i ...
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SMART Disk Failure Imminent - Damaged Blocks

This morning I went to turn on a family member's laptop to find the SMART message displaying that the laptop's hard disk is close to failure and needs replacing. The laptop is around 2 years old now ...
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System shuts down immediately after few sconds

I have a computer with following specification and was working fine after re-installing the system and refitting sink fan unit. Recently it shuts down automatically after a few seconds. I checked ...
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Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?

I saw this originally posted on slashdot, but their comment format is not conducive to actually getting a correct answer. Having directly experienced this phenomenon myself, I'm now asking here where ...
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Graphics and USB devices freezing soon after OS loads

I run Ubuntu/Windows dual boot. Last night I started the upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04, and my computer has not worked since in either Windows or Ubuntu. Here's what I got when I rebooted after the upgrade, ...
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Computer won't start up. Stuck on Lenovo splash screen. Help Diagnose

I have some (I'm not sure exactly what model) Lenovo 21" IdeaCentre. Honestly, the computer works off and on. I have had problems with it not being able to shutdown, which I fixed. The fan seems to be ...
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Should something be done if I drop my laptop on the floor and it looks fine from outside?

Are there any software / hardware tests that one should perform if this happens? Note No, I haven't actually done so. I just need to know about this issue beforehand should it happen in future.
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Keyboard types random keys [duplicate]

Yesterday my laptop's built-in keyboard started typing random keys, i.e. when I press Down Arrow, it would type 3, when I press it again, it would delete a character, pressing the Right Arrow would ...
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I have a failing drive, and the latest full registry backup. New install and restore registry would that work?

Obviously I would loose all my data on my C drive. I'm at my last resort before new install on a new drive, so I'd like to know some things. I have a total of four drives, System, Programs, Data, ...
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Motherboard makes high-pitched chirping noise; will it stop by itself, or what do I need to do to fix it?

I know computers, I have been fixing them and building them for over a decade... but I don't know the exact electronics of them. My personal desktop PC is making an irregular, but constant, extremely ...
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My PC suddenly reboots

Yesterday I opened my PC hub (after like, 5 years) to add more RAM and a new HDD. It was full of dust and balls of fluff, so I cleaned it a bit by blowing. I also removed the fan that was attached to ...
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Very Slow Hard-Drive until reboot

I am having a weird problem lately and I am pretty sure that my hard drive is failing and would like your input. I am on Windows 7 32bit, Core i7 970, GTS 450 Video Card and 4GB Ram (3.5 usable). I ...
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Cannot install Windows 7 on new PC (BSOD during installation)

Yesterday I received new hardware and tried to assemble all of it. But when I was installing Windows 7 x64 I got a BSOD twice, and the following error message: Your PC has rebooted unexpectly, ...
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Computer hanged in the middle of bios flashing process [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to recover a computer from a failed BIOS update? I have a laptop: Toshiba Satellite c660-17j, today I decided to update BIOS. I've downloaded bios updater ...
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Cloning and replacing laptop harddrive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? My laptop's hard drive is dying and I have purchased a replacement. The current drive is ...
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Unmountable boot volume after diskmgmt partition

After i shrank my c drive by 60gb in diskmgmt and made a spare partition, all of the other partitions turned light green. only after i started up my computer the next day i got an inviting blue ...
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Screen flickers after resuming from hibernate with Intel GMA 3600 (Acer D270 with Intel N2600)

Fresh system install, with correct display driver from Intel (8.14.8.1065). Clicking "Update driver" merely results in a message saying the driver was already up-to-date. After resuming from ...
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Can dust cause damage to my motherboard?

During the last few days, my screen froze a couple of times. After opening the chassis I discovered plenty of dust beneath my mother board. I wonder if that can cause short circuits.
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Brother J515W won't print Black

I assume I have some sort of ink clogging. The cartridge going in is new (brother brand), but no amount of print clean cycles are getting me any black ink printing, so I assume the clog is within the ...
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Acer Aspire One (mini) mfgd 9/03 locks up also when plugged in

My problem is almost the same as the Toshiba user (Toshiba A205-5804 freezes when plugged in): Well I have a Toshiba A205-5804 and the problem is that the screen freezes anytime I plug the pc ...
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Why Laptops sometimes not shutting down when Lid closed? Red-hot laptop from bag, why?

I have had all kind of laptops such as Lenovo, IBM Thinkpad, Acer, Apple and many others -- with different operating systems. I have had this kind of problem with all of them: when I close the lid -- ...
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Is my HDD crashing? [closed]

I was playing this game named League of Legends today on my laptop. It is an MMOG and before the game started (the online fight between players) my laptop just hung and stopped responding. ...
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Will Leaving My Computer On All the Time Damage My Hardware?

If I leave my computer on all day without turning it off/rebooting it for months, is there a possibility that it might break or something? I hate turning it off, but I don't want it to break.
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New build won't boot [closed]

GA-970A-DS3 Gigabyte Motherboard AMP3+ socket FX4100 processor. This is a new build and won't boot. 550w PSU. CPU fan starts but shuts down immediately. All the pins seem to be fine and it is plugged ...
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Why might the BIOS report the wrong size for an HDD?

I have four HDDs in my system. Seagate 250GB (boot drive with Windows 8 RTM installed) Samsung 500GB Samsung 1.5TB Western Digital 200GB I recently had my power supply fail and after replacing it ...
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New Motherboard doesn't POST? Can't seem to solve the beep code puzzle

I just purchased an MSI 970A-G46 to use with an AMD FX processor I already had. I also got 8GB of DDR3 RAM to go with it, and a 120GB SSD. I hooked it all up, and put in the graphics card from my old, ...
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Why does my monitor have a black screen but the power light is blinking green?

I have a ViewSonic VA912b 19" display I use as a secondary monitor. When I turn it on, the power light is green for a few seconds, and then switches to blinking green. The display stays black. ...
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My computer has a loose USB port, what should I do?

My computer has a USB port that appears to be too loose, with attached devices exhibiting too much play where the USB plug is inserted into the port. The port still works, as devices continue to ...
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Message now reads: No signal coming from computer

When I power on, my monitor reads: No signal coming from computer. Then the monitor enters Power save mode. The computer is non-responsive and it also beeps every 5 seconds.
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FastGate A20 Line And Himem.sys Issue With Updating BIOS

I have been persistent with a thought to perform my first BIOS update ever through MS-DOS but have been postponing this task until today. Despite people telling me any bootable ISO will do it either ...
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Could it be my motherboard that is dropping my external HDD connection?

I use an external HDD on a machine. Lately, the hdd has been dropping the USB connection (Windows plays the disconnect/reconnect sounds, then the hdd device goes away for half a second, and comes ...
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What does it likely mean if I have to run CHKDSK every few weeks?

Every few weeks my computer will become unusably slow with lots of error messages e.g. "this or that has stopped working", or just won't boot into windows. I use the Windows Diagnostics / Fix utility ...
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Hard Drive checking [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I troubleshoot a slow hard drive? I have a SeaGate drive and I ran the long and short generic tests and they passed. However, the system still seems slow after a ...
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Crashes and freezes after fixing “BOOTMGR is missing” error

I came back from a 3-day weekend to a computer that was off. I leave my PC on 24/7, so this was odd. Turn it on to get the dreaded "BOOTMGR is missing" screen. Two attempts at Windows Recovery and ...
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Fujitsu Siemens Laptop Problems

I've got a Fujitsu Siemens Laptop running XP and have had problems booting. At first the message was to do with corrupt registry files, System, Security etc. I replaced all of the files with ones ...
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Why my new GTX 660m's clock drops drastically after running few seconds

I bought a Lenovo Y580 laptop few days ago, this model is equipped with GTX 660m graphics card. However, the game performance is unbelievably poor since it out from the box. I realized there is ...
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Hard drive failure during a move

So, odd situation here... I shipped a computer via UPS. The computer was well protected, wrapped in multiple layers of padding and tightly packed to minimize any chance of damage. The package ...