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

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PC turns off after hours

I have a PC with I7 Processor, 4GB RAM, GTX480, 700 WATT Power Supply. 1) The computer after some hours shuts down by it self. Not normal shutdown. It just turns off. After this failure it opens ...
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USB Drive cannot detect in Windows 7

Have you ever plugged in a USB drive or any external device with a hard drive and wondered why you cannot see it in My Computer? I often have, I believe my USB is not broke .. because if I plugin the ...
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Logitech LX5 cordless mouse freezes unexpectedly and green light always turned on

I have a Logitech LX5 cordless mouse used for more than 2 years, nice mouse. But recently, I have seen a strange behavior of the mouse, sometimes in the middle of my work. The mouse just stop moving, ...
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Blank displays (no boot screen, no “check signal cable”)

Background I have a desktop computer I built myself about 2 years ago that suddenly stopped sending signals to my displays. I have two identical displays connected to the computer using VGA and DVI ...
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Hard drive not showing all files?

I've had this issue for a little while but did nothing about it. I have a caddy in my PC and I removed my HDD from it many times and it has worked fine. Now it's in there and I had to to a "check for ...
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Graphic distortion with ATI HD 5770 graphics card

I'm running Windows 7 Home 64-bit on a Gigabyte motherboard with a single ATI HD 5770 graphics card and 2 x 2048 Corsair RAM. The system seems very unstable, as it randomly decides to crash ...
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Computer crashes while playing games. CPU seems to go above rated GHz

I recently started seeing my computer freeze for a second or 2 every now in then when I’m playing games on about full load. This never used to happen and now it is concerning. It does it pretty often ...
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My PC has started shutting down on its own

In the past month I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to W10. It all went well but now my PC has been shutting down on it's own. In my honest opinion, it can't be hardware since it has been happening since ...
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External Hard Drive Problems in Event Viewer

I'm using a Western Digital My Passport Ultra (2TB) 1.5 years ago and I've recently been seeing a lot of problems with this external drive in event viewer. So far, whenever I connect this to the ...
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New build keeps crashing

I recently build upgraded my computer with new mobo, CPU and ram. I kept the same PSU, GPU (GTX 670), case and drives. The new parts are i5 6600k, z170x gaming 5, and 16gb ddr 4 corsair vengeance. Os ...
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How to get rid of ata3 errors when Lubuntu boots (and wakes up from sleep)?

For some time now, whenever my laptop (which runs Lubuntu 15.10) boots up or wakes up from sleep, it throws tons of ata3 disk errors for several hours. My system is usable - I am able to log in to the ...
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Caught in crash loop trying to install Windows or Ubuntu

I recently built a PC with the following components: Board: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0 GHz CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX (...
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Black screen on boot up no Bios screen

After starting the computer the only thing that appears on the screen is a short white line which looks a bit like a cursor except it's not blinking. There was no indication of any trouble when I ...
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How to install Linux/Windows with bad RAM

I have a sub-notebook (Sony VAIO SVP) where Windows boots to a BSOD. By now, I have found out that the RAM has some errors. Since RAM, CPU and FlashDrive are solderd to the board and the warranty has ...
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EE Brightbox Router2 won't switch on at all; no lights showing

I have an EE Brightbox Router2 which suddenly dropped the connection. On inspection I notice there were no lights on the router at all. I tried removing the power adapter, waiting ten seconds then ...
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Mac starts booting with message “NVDAStartup: Official”

I made a system update on my MBP and now it won't boot, stopping after the following message: NVDAStartup: Official All information I found about this refers to hackintosh, unfortunately. The ...
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Nothing Displays on Computer After Crash

I've been working on this for close to 4 days now, and decided I needed some more specific help than Google. Last Tuesday, I was running some semi-intensive programs (FL Studio 12, Visual Studio, etc)...
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unidirectional vs bidirectional flatbed scanners

Why does the scanner head needs to return to it's start position after each scan? It wouldn't be faster if it had 2 start positions at the edges or just leave the head in the middle after each scan? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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RAID 5 controller port multiplier

I have 6x320GB HDD and I was considering to create a RAID 5 system (it's for storage only). I use ubuntu 14.04 and I want to ask what RAID controller card allows for 4 (or more) ports without ...
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Just installed device not working: hardware or software

A digitizer (touchscreen) device I just replaced on my Asus T100TA refuses to work. Although I can't find drivers specifically for this device on a vendors support page, Windows reports that the ...
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What could cause my pc to freeze?

I bought myself a new computer last month and I am experiencing a lot of (random) freezes. What freezes? The screen and pc freeze completely, I can no longer use my keyboard or mouse. The only thing ...
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Fans works even after shutdown

I have kind of a big problem. After I shutdown the PC, some of my case fans (including the one with the LED and the LED) remains runnning and even my CPU fan. Sometimes it happens for all of them to ...
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Back panel USB 2.0 ports not working

I have a MSI micro atx mother board and the back panel usb 2.0 ports don't seem to be working. If I plug any USB device into it, the device does not register. However, the front panel usb 2.0 ports ...
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HP ElitePad BSOD & then Failure to Boot — No Reaction At All to Power Button

I was using my HP ElitePad 900 to browse (Windows 10) and got a random BSOD Memory_Management. I didn't make much of it but after the computer shut down, I tried turning it on and no response. I've ...
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What might be the cause of lag of the OS in my computer?

I have a laptop running Manjaro 15.12 that was working perfectly before I came back from my holidays. The computer is four years old but it has an (old) Intel i7 and 8GB of RAM. Now it lags in a ...
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Laptop stops and starts charging randomly

I have an ASUS laptop and it randomly starts and stops charging without moving the cables. The battery is brand new and seems to be working fine. The DC Adapter is professionally tested and seems to ...
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PSU blows fuse after fan replacement

I replaced a fan on a Nexus PSU by splicing the wires of the old fan. I've done this before and haven't faced any problems. However, this time there is something I don't understand going on. After ...
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Custom build PC always starts the second time

A couple months ago I build my custom PC. Everything works fine apart what PC always starts just the second time. When I press the power button it starts and after 3-5sec just turns off, when I press ...
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System will not boot with hard drive connected

After closing my laptop, which sets it to hibernate. Upon reopening the computer froze, I rebooted. Upon rebooting the computer will not get past the acer screen, with no options to go to BIOS or any ...
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Is this freeze on Windows 10 a hardware issue?

I have experienced a one minute freeze on my up-to-date Windows 10 Education Edition. The question is if it is a hardware or software issue. The notebook is an older HP ProBook 4730s. Comprehensive HW/...