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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Input/Output error while playing video

I am using Linux Mint 15. Nowadays I am getting Input/Output error while watching movies. Sometimes when I copy/paste, I get the same error. What should I do? I have a laptop so unable to check inside ...
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PC doesnt regonize television

I have a sony bravia tv that i need to connect to my computer. When i try to connect it to my laptop it works fine however when i try with my standard pc it doesnt even regonize. The laptop is about ...
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Video hardware error

I just used the Windows Solution tool and I had 4 errors that stated this Problem: Video hardware error Files that help describe the problem: WD-20130630-2216.dmp sysdata.xml ...
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Keys ceasing to work

I have a Gigabyte Avia K8100 keyboard and I am running in to some problems with certain keys. The down arrow key, left ALT key and '[]' keys are not working any more. I believe this may be a hardware ...
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Spilled tea on laptop; still working, should I service it anyway? Displayport dead.

I need some advice. I spilled tea on the left side of my X230T. I did the normal out with the battery and dry procedure. The laptop works now. Not much got in the keyboard, much spilled against the ...
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Surface Pro magnetic connectors next to laptop

I have seen questions about magnets and damage to laptops, but they were about weaker magnets like headsets and mobile phones. I normally place my laptop in a backpack when I travel. I recently ...
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Dell inspiron laptop failure due to USB

I have a dell inspiron laptop with 8 GB of ram and a 1 TB hard drive. I recently plugged a usb to Robotic arm interface cable from my laptop to the robot. My laptop was in sleep mode, and right when ...
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Specific area of the laptop heats up unusually

This is the image of the laptop that I own [HP Pavilion DV4-2126tx]. Towards the left of the laptop is a RJ-45 socket where I connect the internet cable and close to it is the graphics card, ...
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The spacebar on my new microsoft keyboard 4000 is acting crazy, what's causing it?

This Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 keyboard is practically new, less than a month old, and today out of nowhere when using Ubuntu the spacebar stops working. At first I thought it might be the occasional ...
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HD gets bad sectors

I have a 1TB hitachi that after some use develops bad sectors as reported by HD tune and checkdisk. After reformatting the HD tune and checkdisk report no bad sectors. I use the disk exclusively for ...
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Blue horizontal lines when scanning with color

I have an HP Scanjet G2410 flatbed scanner that was working perfectly until now. When I try to scan something in color I get these large horizontal lines at the top and bottom of the picture. For ...
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Windows crash on new Hard Drive that was never formatted

I installed a new hard drive after someone removed the OS from my old drive thinking I would eventually slave the two together to recover my data. Unfortunately the new disk keeps crashing and I ...
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Issue with a computer I built

I just built a new computer and I'm having an issue and want to know if this is CPU or Motherboard. The hardware is: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Intel i7 3770k Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Heat Sink Antec 750 ...
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Can this USB3 behaviour be anything else than a hardware failure?

While my motherboard is half a year old now (ASUS M5A99X EVO), I only recently made use of the USB3 boards (after purchase of USB3 external harddrive). However, I am encountering issues. I am running ...
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Computer clock not working properly

to cut the story short: there are two symptoms I can observe. First every time I turn my laptop on, the clock resets back to 1/1/2009 12:00AM. even if I don't disconnect my laptop from direct power ...
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Non-functional laptop screen, suddenly starts working after CheckDisk (but than dies again)

I got a very mysterious problem. I got an HP Pavilion DV7-2270US 17.3', that serves me for the last 3 years (bought at 09/11). About 1 year ago the laptop screen just stopped working (without any ...
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PC doesn't start but CPU fan bursting

When I switch the power on my computer will not start properly but what happen is: the CPU fan will burst from 1/10 of turn and after nothing. the light of the front panel will flash one time the ...
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Graphics and USB devices freezing soon after OS loads

I run Ubuntu/Windows dual boot. Last night I started the upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04, and my computer has not worked since in either Windows or Ubuntu. Here's what I got when I rebooted after the upgrade, ...
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Unmountable boot volume after diskmgmt partition

After i shrank my c drive by 60gb in diskmgmt and made a spare partition, all of the other partitions turned light green. only after i started up my computer the next day i got an inviting blue ...
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High RAM after USB port shortcircuit

My Computer was displaying "USB Device Over Current Status" at startup and wouldn't boot. I believed the issue was related to a damaged USB port on the case - potentially shortcircuiting?. I ...
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Motherboard ide slot not working

I have 4-years old Biostar GF7050-M2 with one IDE port for two devices. WD400 and ASUS DVD-RW work great until one day I found that DVD recorder not available in My Computer. Bios shows wrong names ...
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Linksys WAP54G v3.1 no access, power and link LED solid

I'm managing the Network of a small enterprise. A Linksys WAP54G v3.1 used to provide the WiFi network. I was called, because the device did not provide a WiFi network anymore. I first of all tried ...
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DVD-RW does not read regular CDS/DVDs on Vista

I have a dell vostro 1510 laptop with windows vista. It has an "Optiarc DVD+-RW AD-7640A ATA Device" installed which used to work find. My vista has two user profiles on it. Now when I insert a ...
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How to solve instant pc shutdown

My pc has an instant shutdown problem in different times. Sometimes when i am playing a game, sometimes i am develping web applications on Visual Studio, sometimes just browsing the web. It hangs and ...
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PC hardware (HDD, BIOS / motherboard) acting weird

This is going to be long story. I'm trying to figure out what the hardware problem with my desktop is. It started with my Windows XP's very slow response and later even a BSOD, when shutting down. ...
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Cannot boot anymore, power supply broken?

My desktop computer is not able to boot anymore. Currently I have breadboarded my computer taking everything out of the case so the motherboard is only connected with: 500W power supply, connected ...
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Windows 7 remains powered on when restarting

I'm running windows 7 x64 on an MSI P67A-GD53 motherboard, in an Antec P280 Super Midi Towercase with a Corsair 650w PSU. I've just installed a second instance of windows 7 x64 on a separate disk ...
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BIOS wont boot (code 66) when Sata drive connected

When I can to one of my computers today it was showing Intel's splash screen (two intel logos, BIOS Settings: 'F2' and '66'. The board is an intel dp55wb. Pressing F2 does nothing. However, when I ...
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Troubleshooting Computer Failure

I'm usually pretty good at this but I'm a bit confused. I'm on the internet and my computer turns off randomly. Okay, just turn it back on. Boots into bios just fine. No errors or warning signs. ...