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

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USB flash drive keeps activating 'write protection' by itself. Disarms after unsafe removal

Drive history My 16gb Kingston USB flash drive has been consistently giving problems. Under Windows XP it kept saying 'This storage media is write protected' after copying over approximately ...
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workstation making contineous beep noise

Our silicon mechanics workstation (don't know the exact model, I am guessing it is purchase 5 years ago, The model is either superX8DA3 or super X8DAi according to the manual I found on top of this ...
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Do I have a mechanical failure or a PCB failure?

In reference to a question I asked earlier today, I switched from Recuvra to HDD Regenerator 2011, with better results. The tool has been running for 11 minutes now, and it has recovered 18 bad ...
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Newly built, very high-spec PC, encountering errors and performance issues

Since building my new PC, it’s been having a load of hard-to-trace issues. However as all the components are pretty much new, I can’t really pinpoint the cause. It’s a fresh install of Windows 8.1, ...
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External HDD failures with safely remove usb

I have external HDD ADATA SH93 500GB. OS Windows 7 64 bit. Its file system is NTFS. When I unplug the HDD from my PC sometimes it fails and it is not recognizable from the Windows. My suspicion is ...
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Unusable HDD and wrong 'Power-On hours' of S.M.A.R.T

Recently (last month) I bought a 120GB Maxtor (Model: 6L120P0) Hard disk drive and and now, I can not even format or re-partition it and I understood that there are some bad sectors on the disk. So I ...
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DELL Inspiron beeps after remove the screen

I needed to remove my Inspiron N5110 screen. Everything would be okay but the computer is beeping now (8 times over and over in case of screen error). Is it possible to turn that beeping off? If ...
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Amount of RAM went down when I installed more?

I have an old PC that I would like to use as a home file server. The amount of RAM it had was very low (somewhere around 500mb), so I decided to add some more. I got the exact same kind it uses ...
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Audio is suddenly glitchy or mono-only and right ear bud giving me tiny shocks

I've had this desktop PC for years. The mobo is a Gigabyte GA-73VM-S2 (rev 1.0). Last week, suddenly, while I was listening to music, I noticed the sound was glitchy, as if only part of the signal was ...
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My Dell Latitude E6420 won't start up

When I turn on my laptop it stops shortly after it turns on and displays nothing at all but it lights up the screen. I tried the BIST which it appears there's nothing wrong there. I hooked up my ...
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Windows 7 Keeps Rebooting after RAM Upgrade

My Notebook comes with a 4GB RAM (2x2GB) (Sony Vaio vpcea46fm) I am Upgrading to 8GB (2x4GB) memory, but after i installed the new ships, windows keeps rebooting. If i return the old RAM everything ...
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Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 failure to post with peculiar PCI card

We have a couple of peculiar PCI cards being used in a circ. 2007 proprietary phone/radio communications logging appliance(WindowsXP PC). Both the card connectors and the old motherboard sockets ...
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ram errors solved by swapping slots used by ram

I had 4 sticks of ram (2.5GB) working for ~3 days until on reboot POST showed ram error.By elimination I removed the (seemingly?) 0.5GB bad ram.Then after ~10 days I added 0.25GB of ram causing the ...
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My CPU fan is constantly at ~500RPM - LOW SPEED

I have tried setting the RPM in the bios but the only two settings are "Off" and "Slow". My mobo is DP55WG and it is updated. I am using an 212 EVO heatsink + fan and the fan is plugged in the correct ...
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Samsung series 9 unexpected shut down

I have a Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A where began to shut down and reboot unexpectedly. I changed the RAM thinking this was a memory problem, but the laptop continues the shutdown and reboots. I have ...
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How indicative are SMART read & write errors of total failure?

My computer had recently crashed very unusually and began exhibiting slow performance and graphical glitches. I checked my read errors and write errors and they are steadily rising (Like 10/second ...
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Has my flash drive failed? (no media)

Flash drive model: Kingston DataTraveler SE9 64GB I was restoring the back-up I had made on my flash drive after re-formatting and reinstalling Windows 8.1 Pro, and it started behaving weirdly. ...
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Inverter defect on Asus Lapetop?

My good old - but still in use - Asus V1S laptop has stop working well. Display shows only a vertical green line on left site. An attached external monitor works fine. So my suppose (and hope) is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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Stange experience in my laptop of certain keys not working

I actually asked this in HP support forums and their Customer Service Rep., but no one knows whats going on.So, I am throwing open this question here , esp. so that some Geek Squad guy, who has seen ...
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Computer Freezes but no Idea why

I have a 2 year old desktop, with x86 32-bit processor, and came originally installed with Windows 7. I since installed Ubuntu 12.4 and now run both dual booted. Running in either OS, my screen ...
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WD My Cloud disconnecting from network during file transfer

I bought a WD My Cloud 2 TB and when I opened it for the first time, it offered for me to upgrade to the latest firmware version: 3.04.01. I upgraded, then I started to copy my files into drive. After ...
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DDR2 DIMM only works if alone in channel

I'm trying to use 4 DDR2-800 DIMMs together: 2*1GB 5-5-5-15 1.9V and 2*2GB 5-4-4-15 2.1V. Either set works fine by itself at 5-5-5-15 at either 1.9V or 2.1V, but combining the sets doesn't work. I've ...
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possible data recovery service options

My internal HDD failed due to a sudden power outage. I can hear beeping sounds like the motor is trying to spin the drive up and failing to do so. This drive contains all my important data ( ...
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I must forgo half the RAM, otherwise computer freezes, hardware issue suspected

I have 8GB of RAM. Debian reports seeing 7.8, Windows about the same. A few months ago I installed Debian dual-boot on my Win7 home machine. At the time I thought it'd be a good idea to open up the ...
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My new motherboard doesn't start

I've purchased the following components for a new machine: Asus Z9PR-D12, Be Quiet! E9-580W 80+ Gold, Intel Xeon E5-2620 2.1 GHz, Crucial 16 GB DDR3 1333 MHz CL9 ECC Registered. I assembled the ...
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Mac doesn't recognize partitions after cloning drive

I was given a 500GB HDD (~200GB used) that was starting to fail (OS X wouldn't boot because it failed boot-time checks). I used 2 USB enclosures and Data Rescue 3 to clone the failing disk to a brand ...
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Can this be something else than a defect graphic card?

Since a few days I'm experiencing strong issues with my ATI Radeon HD 7870. Often while playing games my two monitors turn into weird artefacts (with ongoing music for a moment) and then stay like ...
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Monitor no source with USB3 to VGA Device

I have a Toshiba Toshiba Satellite R945-P440 with Windows 8.1. I'm trying to connect a SIIG USB 3.0 to VGA Multi Monitor Video Adapter (JU-VG0211-S). It used to work but now when I plug the monitor ...
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Upgraded graphics card, wireless not fully working

I just upgraded my graphics card on my desktop. My wireless no longer fully works. I have already ensured that that the card has sufficient power; manufacturer suggests a minimum of 750w and that is ...
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Wireless Adapter keeps cutting out

Okay, I'm in a situation where my wireless adapter keeps cutting out, maybe after only like 5 minutes of browsing; the more intense the activity, the more chance of a cut out (i.e. multiple tabs ...
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Hard Drive isn't showing in BIOS

I installed a new Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500Gb hard drive, but it's not showing in the BIOS screens. Furthermore, when I start the PC it produces a beep sound. Maybe the hard drive's rotation is ...
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Windows 7 USB not working in legacy mode

I have a problem. Some time ago I have bought Acer V3-571G laptop with Windows 8. Later I have decided to replace Windows 8 with Windows 7, so I have switched BIOS to Legacy Mode and unfortunately ...
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Hard drive SMART values - failure prediction

I recently went through my pile of computer components (dusty garbage) and found that I got a lot of 5~7 years old sata drives lying around. I found a couple of 400gb sata drives are from around 2007 ...
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Hdd disconnects after some time randomly

My HDD sometimes disconnects and could not be used. Sometimes when I turn on computer there is only one HDD in boot screen and sometimes it becomes unaccessible after some time while using it. When ...
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Is there an explanation, why my computer only works with this RAM configuration?

Recently I had a problem with my desktop computer, which was working fine over the last 3 years. The hardware has the following specification: Motherboard: ZOTAC GeForce 9300-ITX [GF9300-I-E] ...
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P35/Core2 PC freezing on idle

So i put together an older PC, for Photoshop usage and stuff. And the PC tends to freeze on idle. Here are the stats: ASUS P5K Mainboard, rev.1 (P35 chipset) CPU Core2 E6750 RAM 3 sticks of Corsair ...
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Short Circuiting USB Device gives spark

I have a bluetooth adaptor that is not working very well. This is because its range is about 30cm, as the antenna is broken (I have checked with my phone and the bluetooth speaker). As I have had it ...