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

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how to recover partition from harddisk

I have a 500 gb internal laptop harddisk.I have windows 7 in one of the four partitions. The system didn't boot so I used pendrive linux to boot ubuntu from usb. After booting using ubuntu I'm able to ...
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Glidepoint usb trackpad suddenly not working

I have this Adesso Glidepoint trackpad, which has worked flawlessly for a year. Then, about a week ago, over a couple days, it started acting flaky, then a blue screen of death, and now it doesn't ...
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RAM buffer access makes beep/screech

When I execute dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/null bs=1G count=1, I hear a curious, very soft- screeching sound (think HD spinup but shorter, softer, and higher pitched) from where I know my RAM is located ...
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Whats wrong with my HP LaserJet 8100 DN. Duplexer keeps causing a jam in different places

It's really doing my head in to be honest! The printer works fine without the duplexer installed, and also works fine with the duplexer is installed, but set to print single sided. The intermittent ...
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Incompatible RAM with a laptop

Recently, I bought a RAM (Vengeance CMSX8GX3M2A1600C9) for my laptop (eMachines E732G). Yesterday I installed the RAM on my laptop. There was a problem. I could not install any operating system ...
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Desktop remains on, display quits working, loud “skipping” noise follows

For the past 2-3 days, strange things have been going on with my desktop and its interaction with the monitor. While playing a game, my monitor went black as if my computer had been shut off. However, ...
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How Sturdy (Shock-Proof) is an SSD?

I recently started carrying my SSD to and from work rather than my entire computer. So I bought a case on Amazon to protect it while it is in my bag. I was surprised to find that the case was ...
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Screen goes blank, after logging into Windows, or pc stops with long-short-short-short beep code

I have a ~5 year old computer, it runs Win7 64bit version. It had 4GB of dual RAM, (2x2GB stick), with an ASUS P5P43TD motherboard. Around a 1,5 months ago, my computer didn't start, it gave a ...
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Is it safe to connect a 10amp cable to my laptop brick if it came with 7amp

The standard figure-8 section of my power cable is broken, and it's marked as 7amp/125volt. I haven't been able to find any others marked for 7amp, so would it be safe to connect a similarly shaped ...
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What PC parts can produce bright flash, and smoke, with the PC still appearing to work fine afterwards?

I heard some strange noise from my less than a year old PC when it came back from 'sleep' mode; For about 10-20 seconds I could see bright light visible through ventilation holes (somewhere near the ...
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PSU Noise when turned off

When my PC is turned off and I bring my head very close to the PSU, I hear a high frequency noise. Is that normal? I can't hear when I am like 2 metres away from it. And it's only there when turned ...
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Pen-drive / USB-Drive not working after installing ubuntu in it

I put in ubuntu in pendrive and made pendrive bootable by unetbootin. Now the pendrive doesn't work anymore due to that, it is not opening, when I put in windows OS, it doesn't show its total space ...
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Agghhh! UPS Back-Up, Laptop Charger, Sparks

Boy… ok. This is so frustrating! Ok so, I've been getting a whole lot of problems with the electrical grid here lately: spikes, surges, lows, brown-outs, all kinds of problems, it's terrible, ...
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Graphics card issues? Green lines and distortion on my screens

I turned on my computer this morning and it had a bunch of vertical green artefacts and some horizontal distortions on text. You can see what it looks like I assume it's the graphics card but I'm ...
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Keyboard lights not coming on causing pc to not boot

Sometimes (it seems to happen mostly when i haven't booted my computer for a few days) when i turn on my computer everything starts up the monitor light and mouse light comes on, but sometimes the ...
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Beep-Codes definition for ASUS motherboard

I'm having a hardware failure when booting then I need to know the exact beep-code definitions for this model: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 Someone could provide me the beep-codes of that motherboard?, I ...
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Long-term media failure rates [closed]

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 [closed]

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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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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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. ...