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

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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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Timer (and animations) running at half speed

I noticed that recently all animations on my PC started running slowly (Aero animations, Games etc.) , although everything else is running normally. This seemed very strange, so I ran a simple C++ ...
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Diagnosing hardware issue/Laptop won't boot

My (discontinued) HP Pavillion Notebook won't turn on. I encountered this issue RIGHT after the cord connecting my ac adapter to the wall outlet was unplugged (not the plug in the wall, but the ...
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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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Some Reaccurring Static

I put together a PC around Christmas last year. The graphics card (http://www.ncix.com/detail/gigabyte-radeon-hd-r9-270x-b1-90924.htm) always seemed a little finicky, and eventually degraded into ...
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HP Laserjet 2300L paper jam

I just finished installing a roller kit into our printer and now when it first starts up, I can hear paper being picked up from tray 2 and it gets fed into/under the registration plate. This is ...
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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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Drives not working after failed factory reset of NAS?

I got an old ReadyNas 1100 that had 4x500GB drives from start. One gave up so there were 3. I thought I should by some upgrade disks and went ahead and bought 2x2TB. Now begin the dream. I just ...
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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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P5K with any network adapter - losing Internet connection on high transfer rates

(In the sequence/answer of/to this post) I have a P5K since they were released. Started having that issue with my first Win7. My solution at that time was some driver that didn't have that issue, I ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...