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

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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, ...
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Can Windows 8 Damage a Hard Disk?

I have a Toshiba Satellite C660 Laptop which is having Intel Core i3 processor, 2GB RAM, 512MB Graphics along with 320GB Hard disk. Few weeks ago it suddenly stopped working and after researching I ...
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Pink line on screen

A pink line appear on my laptop Sony Vaio screen few days back. I tried to resolve this by formatting my machine but it still appear. I think this is a hardware issue. Please help me to fix this.
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System Interrupts are killing my Laptop

I have a Dell XPS 15 Laptop which had started overheating and shutting down. I had opened it up to clean it, which stopped the overheating. and after putting it back, 2 USB ports didn't work properly ...
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will running laptop in hibernation mode cause problems

I have DELL Inspiron 14r touch laptop with i5 processor, 2GB graphics card, Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.04 dual boot. Now, my question is more hardware specific, I want to know most of the time my ...
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Does copying for hours wear the hard-drive?

I got a new harddrive where I want to backup a lot of my old files. Is it a bad idea to copy (rsync) all files in one chunk and let it run for a day. Or is it better to copy in smaller bursts. Does ...
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Western Digital: Sector Relocation Error (code 226)

I have a nearly new WD Green, but warranty is already expired. It was lying on a shelf. I would like to test it before use. The first step I made is running full test using Data Lifeguard Tools. ...
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MSI 970A-G43 with FX-6300 and MSI HD 7850 won't POST or display anything or make any noise

This is my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/269CL I have connected everything, and even reseated the graphics card and the ram after the first time it failed, but my motherboard won't POST or display ...
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How to determine which partition has badblocks?

I have the following device: Model Family: Western Digital Caviar Green (AF) Device Model: WDC WD15EARS-00MVWB0 Serial Number: WD-WCAZA3607921 LU WWN Device Id: 5 0014ee 2b01eac3e Firmware ...
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Hardware / Architecture differences between PC and MAC

I recently came to a strange behavior with my MacbookPro, which makes me wonder what could be the main differences in terms of hardware between a PC and MAC (I'm not talking about operating systems, ...
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which dimm sockets are of the upper 2G?

I have an ASUS motherboard with 4 memory sockets, now with 4G memory. DIMM A1 and DIMM B1, which are yellow. DIMM A2 and DIMM B2, which are black. I have 25 errors in my upper 2G so I want to get ...
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XPS L501X Very Slow, Lags and Freezes [duplicate]

I have a major lagging problem with my XPS L501x. It lags in everything: browsing, gaming, opening files, Ctrl+F in txt files takes too long to open, even the right click lags, watching youtube ...
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Extremely laggy touchpad after drop EDIT : After plugging to power source

LOOK at EDIT 4 at first! I dropped my laptop - Acer Aspire 5742z and everything works fine but the touchpad. It looks like touchpad send the information about position of finger every 500 ms or ...
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cannot install Windows XP on laptop

I booted using the Windows XP install CD but after setup loaded all the drivers, when it tries to load Windows XP setup, it gives the blue screen and says there is some problem with the hard drive and ...
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How can I get data off of a Corsair SSD?

My Corsair SSD won't work and I have some critical data on it that I didn't back up (I needed to create a copy of my mechanical storage device, just forgot). The drive isn't detected by the OS or ...
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what is the easiest way to remove the power supply from a Dell precision-390

The fan in the power supply is making a lot of noise and I need to remove the power supply and inspect it. The wires run under the heat sink, do I need to remove the heat sink to get the wires out?
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My computer will not turn on

I recently built a gaming PC. It was working fine before the following events: I installed a graphics card driver update then: in Windows it said that the User Experience Index needed to be refreshed, ...
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Power outage during disk wipe. What do I do now?

I was using Roadkil Diskwipe on an external hard drive and the power went out. I had removed it from any outlet connection by the time power was restored to prevent power-spike damage (it's on a surge ...
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Laptop making clicking sound — is it really hard drive failure?

Okay so I have had my laptop for I believe more than a year now and my laptop has always had this clicking sound every now and then. It's very random though -- sometimes I'll get it but then it won't ...
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Random crash then “a disk read error has occurred”

So out of the blue today when my computer was tabbed out of a game things got laggy and my computer crashed with a scrambled corrupt version of my screen making me think it was the GPU overheating. ...
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where are the “ipmi sel” entries parameter descriptions?

In order to troubleshoot a possible hardware issue I have installed ipmitools on my server and am doing queries for info related to poweron/poweroffs, hardware added/removed/status. I am trying to ...
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External hard drive not recognized in OS

my Hitashi external hard drive is not being recognized by any OS. On windows when i go to "disk managment" section, i have the partition as "NON INITIALISED/ NON ALLOCATED". no other operation on that ...
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Intel Motherboard caught fire after nearly two years

My Intel motherboard suddenly sparked and caught fire. I was able to quickly turn off the fire and upon inspection discovered that a chip near the processor area has burned out. Can anyone tell me ...
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Hardware Degradation by Leaving Laptop on Permanently?

Consider a standard laptop build. Now suppose you leave it running (not just plugged in) permanently. To what extent will this produce hardware degradation or increase the risk of hardware failure?
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Computer restarts infinitely after Bios/Motherboard screen

Every morning I turn on my computer (which is relatively new) and I never had any issue with it until now. It starts booting, shows that very first screen which has some motherboard picture, then it ...
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Why I have to replug my mouse occasionally?

I've got two USB wired mouses (mice?): "Mad Catz R.A.T.7" and "Canyon CNL-MBMSO02". From time to time when I start my computer I find the latter mouse not working. But it starts working if I replug ...
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Does SpinRite still prevent/predict crash failure in modern hard drives?

Yesterday I attended a presentation by Western Digital that discussed various innovations in rotating hard drive internals, including perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), heat-assisted magnetic ...
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Asus V1S screen dimming randomly

I have an Asus V1V, which is the same as the Asus V1S except for the video card. I have a problem where the screen will randomly lose brightness or flicker between being lit and not lit. The picture ...