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

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Some keyboard keys work only after multiple keystrokes

The keys Caps Lock, Tab, `, Esc, F1 and Num Lock start working only after multiple keystrokes on these keys. Everywhere I have read about this it says it is a problem with the keyboard. I don't know ...
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Display turning off and on

First things first. I have two displays (Samsung 2243NW and 2243NWX) and the second one decided to start turning off and on - like a screen flash. I've made no changes to hardware or software - that ...
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How can I pinpoint which component is causing random shutdowns?

EDIT: Looks like I have a bad capacitor, check these pictures of the motherboard on ECS website and my brown capacitor.. the one near the memory slots. This could be causing the random shutdowns ...
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Unexplainable, random CPU lock-ups

Hardware: Acer Aspire XC-603g (stock hardware, no modifications) Almost a year ago, I asked this question on AskUbuntu because I had thought that the problem was with my installation of Ubuntu. ...
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Dell Inspiron with AMD chip shuts down with heavy usage

I have Debian 6.5 installed on a Dell Inspiron 520. I get the CPU info with less /proc/cpuinfo which results in processor : 0 vendor_id : AuthenticAMD cpu family : 16 model ...
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First PCI-E 16x slot does not recognize graphic card

I have asus radeon 7790 1GB on Asus P8Z77-V LX2 board and I have a problem with first PCI-E 16x slot. My board does not recognize this card on first 16x slot but it's fine detect on second slot. On ...
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Acer Aspire X1935 crashing

I have a 2.5 year old Acer Aspire X1935 desktop (i5-3450 3.10GHz x 4, 8GB RAM, ivybridge integrated graphics) that has been intermittently crashing. The crashes manifest as horizontal bars across the ...
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Systematic studdering on a fresh boot, but a restart fixes every time - Windows 7

Here's an odd-ball. This started about a month ago and for the life of me I can't figure it out. I shut my PC off at night, and in the afternoon I boot it up. Every single time I boot it up from ...
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Getting “Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power” on an Acer Aspire 7740

Sometimes I’m getting the blue screens of death on my Acer Aspire 7740. Those are due to “Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power.” I Googled and thought its because of overheating. So I cleaned my notebook ...
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LG LCD monitor malfunction / repair

I have problem in my LG monitor 19" LCD. It is not working and the power LED signal light is showing both blue and amber light (very weak, not as usual) and not functioning. I checked and every ...
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NIC Died, Got RMA and Died Again, How to Find the Cause?

As the title says, I had an Asus PCE-N15 NIC working smoothly for about a year and a half and then it started acting wonky. What would happen is that I could connect to the network, but the NIC would ...
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Hp Elitebook 8440p Wireless Adaptor On No Connection

I recently bought this machine which is currently running 64 bit Windows 7 Professional. There is a touch-screen switch that you manually use to turn the network connectivity switch on and off, ...
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Damaged hard driver data recovery

I have a problem about hard disk. My important data is in the hard drive. But I did so try to recover but not. I did try to connect hard drive with system but could not. There are three ways which i ...
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Determine whether the drive or the DVD adapter is at fault?

Back in April I replaced the DVD drive in my MacBook with a spinning disk using a DVD adapter. Since then I've noticed some odd behavior. I suspect it's the DVD adapter, it's some no-brand, but I'd ...
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Increasingly growing vertical lines on my laptop screen (Dell Inspiron 7520 SE)

I've had these 2 vertical lines since yesterday. Their length have doubled since then ! Would someone please help identifying the problem and the solution ? I've had this laptop for around 2 years now ...
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How to find out reason for mce and nmi faults?

I have a server on Supermicro SuperServer 6016T-6F. 2xIntel Xeon e5520 Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-49-generic x86_64) Last time errors ocurred intermittantly - server hangs. Memetest86 is ...
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MAG lcd screen display disappearing

I have a MAG lcd screen (H-2209A). When I turn it on, I see the image for an instant, then the screen blackens out. When the screen is disconnected from input, I expect a "No Signal" message to ...
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Btrfs I/O errors - crappy disks or btrfs fault?

I'm using btrfs for quite a long time, but I wasn't using any more advanced features before. Recently I've moved to btrfs on all drives, on all machines, turned on snapshots, raid and all the cool ...
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Replace (non-raided) drive in raided server

Current setup: ~100gb disk (sda) with 4 partitions: /boot, /home, "system folders", swap 500gb RAID5-array (md0) with 1 partition: /var OS is Ubuntu Server LTS 15.04 on an old hp 32-bit system ...
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FileVault impact on recovery

I am curious to know how FileVault impacts the recovery options in case of a crashed / corrupted hard drive that I can use: Does the fact that a block is not readable would impact more than this ...
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2 hard disk not working at once

i recently bought seagate 1000 GB SATA hard disk for extra storage, and currently using seagate 500GB SATA hard disk with intel dual core 1.8GHz, intel 945GCPE motherboard, But when connected both ...
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BTRFS RAID10 improperly handling broken device

Today my personal hypervisor experienced a harddrive failure. Plain and simple, one drive completely stopped responding and any attempts to access it resulted in I/O errors: [root@Helium ~]# ...
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I can't start my computer into windows vista

a few days ago, my HP A1709N had to be restored back to HP defaults. When I tried to install SP1 on it, the system said the update failed, then, upon reboot, I got a Blue Screen of death, and can't ...
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Bought a slot-loading BD-RE drive, but it spits out every disc I feed it without spinning. What do?

I bought an internal UJ-267 (slot-loading BD-RE) drive, and I put it into my laptop. The trouble is that whenever I insert a disc into it (whether it's a CD or a DVD; I don't have a BD around to try ...
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Keyboard and Touchpad not working on ASUS notebook Windows 8

The full story can be found on my post here To sum up: The built in keyboard and touch pad does not function. I can only use external device(USB keyboard and mouse). Soon after successfully logged ...
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“The file Specified is not a virtual disk” Vmware Workstation error when PowerOn

I am using vmware workstation 10.0. When I tried to power on one of my virtual machines I got the error "The file specified is not a virtual disk." I had all my files in that virtual machine only, no ...
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PC always shutdown consistently after 2-3 hours

Problem : My PC always shutdown consistently after 2-3 hours, this happens suddenly and without any events being logged. Specs :   Intel core i7 870,   RAM 2gb x 2, ...
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Is this normal new HD SMART Health?

Temperature is around 49ºC / 120ºF Also, it is making a noise like if there was dust inside it. What can I do?!
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Installed Kubuntu on old hard drive and now it's making loud clicking noises

I recently installed Kubuntu on a very old hard drive (it's 10 years old at least). It installed OK, but when I started the computer, I heard the hard drive making loud noises – sounds most like the ...
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PS/2 keyboard stopped working

I have a Rosewill PS/2 mechanical keyboard on my main PC, used it for a little over a year now. Every so often, for seemingly no reason Windows would stop recognizing the keyboard. This while computer ...
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MOBO turns on when power connected, and black screen

So whenever I connect my motherboard to power, the fans and LEDs turn on without me pressing the power switch. In fact, I can't turn it off even by holding down the power switch. It even powers on ...
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computer freezes 5 - 10 minutes after boot

I am running Windows Vista, for 3 years I have had no problems, not one. Now - after the second reformat I have ever done on it, it freezes after a seemingly random amount of time after boot. It ...
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CPU fan not always running on system start-up

I've recently noticed that the CPU fan fails to run on computer start-up. If I disconnect its power cable and reconnect it, it will run normally every time and for the whole duration the PC is on. ...
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Motherboard won't post AFTER I click restart button OR do it via Windows

As the title says, computer starts up fine from shutdown but when I try to restart it, it simply won't reboot. The fans spin, lights are on and everything is working but the motherboard won't post. ...
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My LCD monitor cycles on and off when I turn on my computer sometimes, makes whirring noise while doing so

For the past two days, when I've started my desktop computer, the monitor was black and didn't seem to be receiving a signal, so I'd restarted and everything seemed to work normally. Today, when I ...
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White / gray screen on monitor when off ( plus buzzing )

So I picked up a monitor in the department "free bin" and it works great except for two things: When it's off, it displays this white/gray screen -- which I suppose could be the default setting, but ...
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“No Battery is Detected” but battery works

The Question: How do I get my battery to be detected again? My system is dual boot Windows/Linux. On Linux, for a while, the system claimed that the battery was always at 15%. Now, it says there's ...
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Can't find stable drivers for GTX260 - Is it dying?

I have a gtx260 card (this one to be precise http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=116) The issue I'm having is that pretty often the screen goes black and comes back after 1-5 seconds, with the ...
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Laptop unusually slow after being accidentally dropped. Hard drive was replaced but still slow

My laptop—a Dell 1747 i7 laptop—fell from my desk to the concrete floor of my basement office when my son tripped on its cord. As would expect, that was it for the hard disk. Luckily, though, the ...
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I just assembled my computer and the motherboard started smoking, how do I know which parts are affected?

I was changing my desktop case and after I got all parts together and turned it on, the motherboard started smoking next to the 4-pin power cable (the one that provides power to the processor). I'm ...
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How can I troubleshoot why my computer shuts down unexpectedly some time after gaming

I played Shadow of Mordor on optimal settings, the temperatures were good. After I was done playing, the temperatures got back to normal in seconds of course, yet 5 minutes later my computer just ...
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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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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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Brother MFC-J6510DW-No normal Black printing

Frustratingly my printing in Normal plain paper black does not work. It will print on inkjet or matt setting BUT just would not print in normal print paper setting. I tried cleaning using iso-propyl ...
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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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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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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 ...