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

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Hard drive not recognized anymore, recording of noise included

Yesterday I was doing a monthly backup on a Samsung HD502IJ 500GB HD and, when it was getting to end of the backup, there was an I/O error. I tried running a fsck on the drive and it said the ...
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Best way to go about disabling a hard drive?

I have a laptop with 2 disks that originally were raid-configured. One of them is failing. What is the best way to check for hard drive health and disable on of the hard drives? Can I reinstall ...
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Can a faulty CPU fan affect the screen

I have a Toshiba Satellite L650D laptop, which for some reason doesn't really want to work any more. Basically, if I start it up, the screen doesn't show squat. As far as I can tell it doesn't even ...
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Checking if NVIDIA graphic card crashes due to an underpowered PSU

I've started playing some newer games lately and encountered frequent, intermittent crashes printing errors such as DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG, DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_REMOVED, or similar. Researching reduced ...
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Replace a laptop hard drive (Ubuntu and Windows 7 installed)

I have Sony Vaio laptop. The laptop came pre-installed with Windows 7 OS. Later I installed Ubuntu 12.04 and Grub. Now the hard is showing early signs of failure. How can I replace the hard disk ...
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External Hard Disk not showing up

I have a samsung external drive 3TB. The device shows up in the device manager but it wont sow up in my list of drives in My computer. I have to remove it and plug it in about 10 times before it shows ...
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Does my graphic just died?

Problem description Today, ma screen just turned black, back and then the computer was frozen. After restart, there were some weird characters on screen (about 2 seconds) and then normal screens ...
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Why do speakers synchronize with mouse/scrolling/other OS actions?

Whenever I move my mouse, my speakers emit a very tiny but audible high pitched noise; whenever I scroll they emit a lower frequency noise; overall in all my custom builds, unless the speaker is ...
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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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Computer crashed for good

My one-year-old custom PC was crashing when I played Battlefield for 5 minutes or Counter-Strike for 20 minutes. Now it keeps crashing whenever I power it up. (It doesn't loop.) Debugging steps I ...
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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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Thinkpad laptop flooded with liquid while powered off, won't turn on anymore [not trivial]

A classic IBM Thinkpad T30 (MT2367) laptop has been flooded with a salty water for a period of ~2 hours while powered off, having AC cord unplugged & both batteries (main battery and a tiny backup ...
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BIOS troubleshooting - how it become corrupted?

Recently I was repairing two computers: 8+ years old core 2 duo, and 1 year old core i3. Both had problems with booting. First one: no video output, no beeps, leds & fans on, second one: no video ...
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Debugging a “Somewhat” Faulty PC Component

TL;DR: I have a component that fails very infrequently, preventing my computer from POSTing (I am suspicious that this may be a motherboard issue). Since I cannot reliably reproduce this error, what ...
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Really Hot Laptop

My Laptop: Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 2670QM. nVidia GeForce GTX 525. 8GB RAM, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, with Windows 7 Ultimate. I tend to run a lot of programs, but most are services and Chrome BG processes. I ...
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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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Synology: SMART status is abnormal but no errors shown

I have a Synology DS509+ NAS that is showing an "Abnormal" S.M.A.R.T. status for one of its drives: However, there seems to be nothing wrong with the S.M.A.R.T. test results: So, what's going ...
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Are hard drive disks airtight?

I would like to take out an external 2.5" hard-drive (Toshiba MK2555GSXF 250GB SATA) out of its external case (Icy Box IB-AC603A-U3 Adaptor) and place it onto a laptop cooling pad (Zalman ZM-NC1000). ...
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Likely cause of BSODs associated with Desktop Window Manager warnings

My primary PC experiences a BSOD (bug check 124) roughly once a day and has been doing so for several months. These BSODs appear to be related to warnings 500 and 501 in the Windows event log. Both ...
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Where does hard drive save the bad sector count number?

I want to repair a hard disk that has 652 bad sectors and when I use HDD regenerator, it reports that bad sectors were fixed, but when I try to install Windows or Linux, the hard drive doesn't accept ...
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Computer is OFF, and fans turn on and off twice a day

We have an OptiPlex 755 desktop acting quite strangely here. It's powered off, not in standby or hibernate, and from time to time it will just start spinning its fans for a few seconds, and then turn ...
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Connect Macbook Air hard drive to other PC

My friend spilled Apple Cider on her Macbook Air (a1466) and I am trying to see if there is a way to connect the Hard drive to a PC so I can do the data recovery. Is there any connector that I can use ...
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Hard disk very slow, failing with more and more errors

Since a couple days, my Seagate Momentus 7200.4 has been failing more and more, possibly because of a power outage. After the "WARNING: Your hard drive is failing" (I'm using fedora), the main symptom ...
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HDD S.M.A.R.T bad status error

i have two SATA HDD on my computer, one of them (not the one with OS) displays something like this at start up: S.M.A.R.T Bad status backup and replace and after that windows won't come up and F1 ...
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Pc consumes 13W also when PSU is switched off

I noticed that my pc consumes 13W also when PSU is switched off. So I opened the PSU and I found a yellow box directly connected with the plug's socket, before the on-off button. This yellow box has ...
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SMD transistor on motherboard is blown after a big spark; case fan no longer works

So I installed a new fan and upon turning on the computer there was a huge spark with loud bang. Everything stopped working until I unplugged power from motherboard. Now upon boot, computer says one ...
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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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DELL PowerEdge - System fatal error during previous boot

My dedicated DELL R710 server (CentOS 6.4) is rebooting by itself and popping up with the following error. Does this mean the box cannot boot, or it kernel panicked during Linux boot up and the ...
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PC resets triggered by vibration

Having trouble with a PC that resets frequently (monitors turn black, then BIOS boot up screen appears a few seconds later). The cause appears to be vibration; in fact I can tap the case in a ...
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Proving that a USB Device is “Dead”

I recently purchased a used USB receiver online. Upon plugging the receiver into my PC, I found it strange that Windows did not attempt to locate drivers for the new device. I checked the device ...
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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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Why is the temperature so low and airflow temperature so high on my HD?

I have had this same exact SeaGate external 1TB USB2.0 hard drive for a few years. In the past I have been using SeaGate's own diagnostic tool to check the drive for errors but it wouldn't let me see ...
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Does rapid CPU work load fluctuation wear out/damage components?

I recently downloaded BIONC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) to donate some of my processing power. When this program is running, my CPU work load will fluctuate from 0% to 70% in ...
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Logitech LS21 recognized as 2.0 system? [duplicate]

Got my girlfriend a Logitech LS21 system for Christmas. It's a 2.1 system, but it's recognized in Windows 8 as a 2.0 system (it says there is no subwoofer connected). How would I go about getting the ...
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Persistent issue with PC that won't boot

My PC refuses to boot. The power switch lights up and the fans spins, but it doesn't boot. Usually this happens for long stretches of time and then sometimes it magically boots after a few restarts, ...
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Copied DLL files are all zeros, but correct file size

I used a program called SyncBackFree (CNET 4.5 * rating) to copy a few thousand files from one hard-drive to another hard-drive. All seemed to work okay, and there were no error, and no errors in ...
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How to diagnose multiple Linux system failures?

I am having several major problems with my Linux machine: Kubuntu 13.10 (recent clean installl), MSI m'board (AMD Phenom II X3 720; 8Gig RAM), NVidia GeForce GT 630 video card (using kernel module ...
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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 ...
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USB Host controller not working

My usb ports were acting very weird and I found some guides on internet, so obviously I followed the guides. I've found 5 guides telling me to uninstall the host controllers, then the host ...
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Laptop usb not working?

I think there is something wrong with my laptop usb ports, but I am not 100% sure. I have tried to connect multiple mouses to my laptop but they are working like 50/50. Sometimes it works, and ...
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Test laptop hardware condition on linux [closed]

I am going to buy a used laptop and I need to be sure if it has any issues. It will run windows. I am a linux user, so I want to run some tests with live cd. I can test in windows but Linux is ...
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What piece of hardware has failed?

The other day I set some video files converting, around 15 minutes later I noticed that the PC had turned off and the 2 front LEDs were flashing. I turned the power off and restarted it (The GPU made ...
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Constant CPU utilization on consumer hardware [duplicate]

A computer in a manufacturing environment is running software that is in a constant communication loop with a PLC. An artifact of the implimentation is ~20-30% CPU utilization 100% of the time (24/7). ...
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Dell Latitude E6500 won't turn on

Laptop simply won't turn on. Power button is pressed, some HDD or cd-rom noises can be heard and it shuts down after a while. If anyone finds this useful, here is a movie (ignore the notification ...
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HP Touchsmart 3000-1020 hardware issues

I have an HP Touchsmart 3000-1020. The problem with it is that the fans speed up immediately after being turned on. I used to be able to get on for a few minutes before it would shut the whole thing ...
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BIOS shows up after several times turning on the laptop

A week ago my laptop suddenly turned off. When I powered up it stuck on Bios Screen as shown in the image No.1 When I turned off and on again sometimes I got black screen with no BIOS loading. ...
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Lenovo G570 does not startup

My lenovo g570 doesn't power up either it is on AC or battery, the AC light starts to fluctuate as soon as it's plugged in the computer, but the light on the laptop doesn't light up...when charger is ...
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What is this connector called and where can I buy it? Cooler Master Notepal U3 Fan connection broke

I have the Cooler Master Notepal U3 cooling pad for my laptop but the usb connector is broke :(. This means that I can't use the fans beneath for cooling. I don't feel like buying a new pad cause of ...
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Unpredictable reboots/BSoDs: Bad RAM stick or bad memory controller?

A few weeks ago I made a new build MSI Z87-G45 Gaming motherboard with an i5-4670K, a Cooler Master 500W PSU and only one Patriot Signature 8GB DDR3 RAM stick. Last month everything has been working, ...