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

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Notebook just freezes on boot process

I've some trouble with my notebook, here are details: Notebook: ASUS Eee PC 1001PX. I used to think that the problem was with its hdd, but it's not. I've reinstalled OS through PC and it still ...
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PC power cuts out ranomly

My PC power keeps cutting out. Sometimes after hours of being switched on and sometimes during booting. I've changed the PSU and the hard drive and after a while it starts happening again. I've ...
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Device not booting from HDD

Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5106 hard drive got crashed and after replacing it with a new one, whenever I boot on the laptop this is what appears on the screen; Checking Media [Fail] Checking Media. ...
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How to check if SD/USB card become corrupted?

I have some raspberryPi2 model-B boards, using USB drives as their root filesystem. As it turned out, the USB chips I had chosen are prone to build up tremendous heat, and after 6-8 months, they ...
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Should I keep my monitor away from direct sun light?

I do realize that this question has been answered at Sun and or heat damage to back of monitor or computer But it doesn't make it clear if it's OK to just leave the monitor(screen) exposed to the sun ...
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How do I find out which component is failing?

I have a computer tower which fails randomly. To be more specific: In random intervals (sometimes twice a day, sometimes not for two or three weeks) the computer will randomly crash. On Windows, it'...
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High-pitched intermittent noise from base of Lenovo laptop (SSD)

My new Lenovo T550 laptop, running Windows 7, seems to be always making a strange noise, coming from its bottom (base). As this laptop is equipped with an SSD hard-drive, I would have expected it to ...
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Toshiba laptop fan not working even after replacement

I was having intermittent problems with my fan where it would randomly turn off and I would get a warning and it even shutdown once because of overheating. So I opened the laptop and cleaned the fan, ...
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Have to recreate random loss of power

note: With loss of power I mean a crash without a BSOD or any form of warning or errors. No freezes, nothing. It just turns off in an instant. So, for a little over a year now, I have been having the ...
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Hard resetting link after SSD firmware upgrade

System: HP Omen 15-5003nl OS: Elementary OS Freya 0.3.2 (and Windows 10) SSD: SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256GB-1006 SSD Firmware: A200906 Kernel: 3.19.0-58-generic I recently upgraded my SSD firmware ...
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I got my laptop keyboard wet

I don't care about the data and I can easily replace the whole thing. I want to do surgery and determine what's damaged and if I can fix it, fix it. Money is fine. I'll stop if the processor is ...
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Slow laptop loading

A few days ago my laptop started to slow loading. It has Lubuntu installed. Further more when it goes to sleep it can not be returned and I can see only black screen. Sympthoms: slow loading, when ...
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How can I determine what is wrong with my laptop screen?

In order to obtain a normal level of brightness/contrast I have to slightly twist the screen, otherwise an array of GPU artifacts tend to appear on the screen, sometimes. I know, this sounds insane. ...
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Hard Disk Drive has failed in all softwares, save for one, where it is perfectly, smoothly readable. What will resolve this?

Summary: My HDD is (pretending to) fail. I tried a few types of recovery software, none of which seem to help. Except for one. WinHex. Proof. It views it perfectly. I have no clue what hex editing ...
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GPU Fan is not spinning continuously

I have NVidia GTX 550 Ti in my desktop computer. Today, while I was working on the computer, my monitors went off (I work with dual monitors). After a while, I have recognized that my GPU fan does ...
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Replacing Controller For Clicking Drive [duplicate]

I have a Hitachi 5400 RPM 60.0 GB 2.5 hard drive that clicks once when it is powered on and is not recognizable in my computer or in disk management. I have also tried connecting to a Linux box and ...
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Corrupt windows hard-drive - everything still available when using Mac

first time poster - i apologised if i've overlooked this question being asked already. I have a 2TB western digital "My Passport Ultra" which has become corrupt on my windows machine. I cannot access ...
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Router is down when I connect ethernet cable to PC

I have a wireless router (Comtrend AR-5315U) that randomly stops synchronizing (more of less 80% of times) when I connect it to a particular PC using an Ethernet cable or, if already connected, when ...
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PC toasted itself, makes no sense to me

I build a small PC for general office usage about 2 weeks ago: Pentium G3258 Asrock B85M Pro3 SSD 8GB RAM rather big CPU heatsink I had lying around (removed the fan, see explanation below) I was ...
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HP Pavilion Slimline s3220n SD Card Reader Issue

I have an HP Pavilion Slimline running Windows 7. It came with an SD card reader. I can read SD cards with it, but when I plug in a Micro SD card via an adapter, it is not recognized. The light ...
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RAM tests inconsistently - what is the most likely culprit? (i.e. what should I spend money on replacing)

Motherboard: GA-B85M-DS3H-A CPU: Core i5 4430 RAM: PNY XLR8 DDR3 32GB (4x8GB) 1600MHz (MD32768K4D3-1600-X9) PSU: EVGA 500 W1 80+ The Problem With all 32GB of RAM installed, the system fails ...
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Strange laptop behaviour. How to test reliabilty of the hardware?

TL:DR Windows was not booting, tried reinstalling windows few times didn't work, suddenly did work, worried about how long it will function normal before crashing again. Any tests I should run to test ...
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How to fix ASUS random reboot

As the title is saying, I can't turn on my laptop while it's cold, I need to put it on a relatively hot radiator. When I turn it on and it's cold there is only the "Turn on /turn off" button working ...
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Applying wireless card configuration on Windows 10

I have previously asked a question about my computer freezing completely. I have narrowed it down to the wireless card which was not functioning on Ubunutu as well (the connection was dropping ...
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Asus N76VM backlight keyboard doesn't work

so i just bought an asus N76VM and the backlit doesn't work, i upgraded to win10 an re-installed all the drivers (atk package, keyboard filter...) and still not working, the keyboard doesnt light up ...
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How to find out whether my graphics card is broken?

About a year ago I build myself a rig, mainly for gaming. Not high end, but still: i5-4460 CPU 8GB RAM nVidia GTX-760 graphics card. Windows 10 Today I was playing a game, when suddenly both ...
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Damaged touchscreen, disabled in Device Manager, does it still generate interrupts?

A friend of mine has (had) a touchscreen laptop. While carrying it, they hit the screen and the glass cracked. The damage is hardly noticeable when looking at the monitor, but unfortunately it is also ...
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No input / signal when playing game

I have a PC with the following. Specs (not overclocked): Asus P7P55D LE (Motherboard), Core i7-860 @ 2.8 GHz, nVidia Geforce GTX 295 (with 2 GPUs), 4 GB Ram (1600 MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1,50v), SATA HDD (500 ...
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Is my hard drive dying or is it an OS issue?

Our tech doesn't think it's a hardware failure and is planning to reinstall windows. I ran chkdsk and it didn't find anything, but I keep seeing other oddities. Examples below: DSIM Error C:\...
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Could my screen flickering be because of a loose battery?

My laptop screen has been flickering on battery power for quite a while now. What it looks like is kind of like when you try record a screen with a camera (i.e. black flashing of the entire screen). ...
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'No signal' on ASUS F1A75-M LE

I am trying to build a PC (has worked before) with following specs: Asus F1A75-M LE motherboard 2 x 4 GB DDR3 AMD A-Series A8-3850 ASUS GeForce 210 I'm getting a black screen ('No signal')...
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Troubleshooting Random Reboots: Can I rule out my PSU and RAM?

I have a 2-month old Ubuntu build (described at the bottom of the post) that has started to reboot itself within an hour of powering on. It was stable and gave me no issues until these reboots started ...
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MacBook Pro does not boot - prohibition screen - does not see hard drive - blinking folder - stop sign

I have a macbook pro (2009) which was dual booted to windows. Windows bluescreened, I restarted, and the mac woulnt boot (blinking folder question mark). I pulled the hard drive out, copied the data ...
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BIOS not POSTing

Would I be right to expect main board failure? Win 10 threw a BSOD, had to manually restart, automatic repair kicked in but froze solid. Power cycling the device = no POST. Fan spins, power to ODD but ...
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Graphics Corruption even during Boot, then after 2 failed reboots it says BOOTMGR is missing

I'm encountering a very frustrating and confusing problem with my desktop and I am really hoping someone has experienced either a similar problem or knows what I can do to fix this. To start off, ...
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Laptop lenovo g5070 battery Drain 6% after 50%

Hi I have purchased new lenovo laptop g5070 but i have seen my laptop battery suddenly drain upto 6%. I have face this problem kindly give appropriate solution.. Thanks
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New hard disk Drive does not show when I try to intall Windows 10 on it?

I got an error on my previous hard drive indicating an "Imminent hard Disk failure" so I backed up my data and bought a new hard drive. I disconnected the old one and connected the new one(to my ...
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Laptop freezes completely and randomly

I have a custom made laptop with these specifications using the Core i7 option and running Windows 10 Pro. When I first bought it, it had a problem that the screen kept flickering which I told Intel ...
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PC is freezing on memory stress

A few days ago my PC started bluescreening or freezing in Windows 10. Since I literally changed nothing (also I can't rule out some automatic driver updates I have missed) I suspected a hardware fault....
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What kind of background processing is my harddrive doing?

A bit over a month ago I bought a new Toshiba Internal Harddrive (DT01ACA300, 3GB). It works pretty well, but unfortunately my computer case seems to amplify the access noises. That for itself is not ...
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Running external Hard Drive 24/7, reliable? [duplicate]

So I have a router with USB storage features, I also have a Raspberry Pi 2 and WD external HDD 1TB. I want to turn it into a NAS and torrent box, but I'm wondering if leaving external HDD plugged in ...
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Why is my Epson L355 printing slightly faded?

I recently bought an Epson L355, refurbished, on Ebay. It uses a continuous ink system, with a block of four refillable, non-replaceable ink cartridges outside, connected by rubber tubes. The ...
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USB drives not working

I ran a diagnostic that said "USB port check failed" Failure ID 6BV5UF-74981J-MFKR61-8D1U03 Is this fixable? If not is there a way to attach a mouse to HDMI port??? Or convert HDMI port to USB ...
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Desktop will not boot, not even to the BIOS

My desktop, assembled back in December 2011, specs are: Gigabyte H61M-S2P-B3 rev1.0 Intel i7 2600 3.4GHz Kingston DDR3 4GB 1333MHz Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM Windows 10 x64 Pro updated to ...
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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?