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

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How to reroute sound from one hardware output to another using software?

My notebook had some champagne spilt on it a long time ago. As a result of this disaster the internal speakers went silent and don't make any sound, so I was forced to use external speakers via ...
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USB wiped itself but still showing that its full?

My Data saved from laptop to usb, and then I pulled it out, then something popped up on the screen saying that it was full and that I needed to delete stuff, so I put the USB back in and went to ...
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New Power Supply doesn't work with a specific motherboard

I just bought a new power supply Corsair CX430 V2 in order to meet the needs of a new graphics card I hope to install. The motherboard is the micro-ATX form factor Asus P5KPL-AM/PS running a Intel C2D ...
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Microsoft desktop 7000 lagging receiver

I am having problems with my receiver that is delivered with my Microsoft Desktop 7000. Occasionally, once a day, the mouse ánd keybard start lagging. Typing becomes undoable and the mouse switches ...
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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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Fujitsu Siemens Laptop Problems

I've got a Fujitsu Siemens Laptop running XP and have had problems booting. At first the message was to do with corrupt registry files, System, Security etc. I replaced all of the files with ones ...
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My webcam doesn't work, how to set it up?

I just recently bought a third hand Dell Inspiron m5030 laptop, running Windows 7. The problem is, Windows can't seem to use my webcam, even though it is listed in Device Manager as "Integrated ...
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Replaced a broken power supply with a new one, now a bunch of weird things are happening

Overview: I replaced a blown power supply with a new power supply in a desktop computer and now a bunch of weird errors are popping up everywhere (Steam, Malwarebytes, Microsoft Security Essentials, ...
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eGPU extreme failure. What went wrong?

I attempted to setup an eGPU system today using a PE4L 2.1 and GTX 650 card, and after making all of the proper connections with my laptop off, I plugged in the PSU (520 Watts) to power the 650 and ...
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linux boots but windows doesn't

On my computer I have 3 OSs , Ubuntu, W7 and W8. Both Windows won't boot, won't boot into any rescue or safe mode (on W7 it stops after printing loading classpnp.sys, I think I tried every solution ...
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I suspect that my HDD is causing hardlocks, as all other components have been replaced. How can I check this theory and solve the potential cause?

I have had this problem over quite a while now, thorough multiple Linux kernel versions and distributions, as well as replacement of all components, aside from my main HDD - RAM, GPU(twice), mother ...
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Flickering horizontal static lines in display

I have Dell Inspiron 15 Intel N5050 laptop around one year old.When I started my laptop yesterday I saw Flickering horizontal static lines in display and it seems continuously at present time. What's ...
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Toner flaking off of printed paper on Ricoh MP5000

I have a Ricoh Aficio MP5000 and I am having an issue, albeit an intermittent one, where you can flake the toner off of a printed page. I imagine this has something to do with an error within the ...
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Computer freezes for a second or two, if there is sound playing, it buzzes while it's frozen

So this has been happening for a while now, but recently it has been more frequent, not sure why. Sometimes when I am playing games (Guild Wars 2 is the most recent example I've got) or watching ...
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unallocated space in hard drives causing windows not to load

I was trying to dual boot kubuntu with windows 8. Now, I created unallocated space and restarted my PC, the windows didn't load showing an error. Windows diagnostics didn't work. There partitions in ...
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Weird black fading rectangles appearing on my monitor… Any clue?

Around 3 months ago I started noticing these weird black-faded lines that appear in the left side of my monitor. I'm 100% sure the issue is on my monitor because when i take a screen capture while the ...
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Hp pavilion dv7 power button

My power button is non responsive I am getting LED for charging. I've taken it apart before to change the dc jack and it was fine and a few months later it just powered off. I try to power back on and ...
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Options on boot medium for NAS?

I have a NAS machine with an Atom motherboard that has only 4 SATA ports. The case has 4 hot swap bays, each with a 2TB disk. The machine runs CentOS and the hard disks are configured in Linux ...
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Acer Aspire One (mini) mfgd 9/03 locks up also when plugged in

My problem is almost the same as the Toshiba user (Toshiba A205-5804 freezes when plugged in): Well I have a Toshiba A205-5804 and the problem is that the screen freezes anytime I plug the pc ...
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Why might the BIOS report the wrong size for an HDD?

I have four HDDs in my system. Seagate 250GB (boot drive with Windows 8 RTM installed) Samsung 500GB Samsung 1.5TB Western Digital 200GB I recently had my power supply fail and after replacing it ...
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No drives to choose while formatting

I was trying to format my friend's computer and when we came to the point where we have to choose which drive to install windows on, there was no option to choose from, i.e there were no drives ...
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Sata internal harddisk not working

recently my system was very slow, so i formatted it and installed ubuntu. After the reboot i was getting 'Out of Disk' error while booting. I took it to my friend and checked with the USB kind of ...
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Lenovo Desktop PC 3000 J Series shuts down unexpectedly

I had this PC given to me with the recovery disks. I have tried starting it as it was given to me. It came up to the log in screen (don't have the previous user's password offhand). It sat there for a ...
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How can I detect what is blocking some certain keyboard keys?

After a while (about half an hour) booting up my system, some of my keyboard keys become unresponsive. Their respective Shift+, Ctrl+ and Alt+ combinations are also unresponsive. Pressing these keys ...
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Laptop won't power on from battery or AC. What are some possible fixes to try?

My Toshiba Laptop (around 5 years old...) no longer powers on. When I hit the power button it lights up for several seconds and then turns off. There is no other sign of life, such as the fan starting ...
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Error searching to find hardware freezing issue

I came home to find my computer frozen at the screensaver. I forced a restart, and it froze at the regular Windows start up. Sometimes it would launch completely, and then freeze pretty soon after. ...
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Apps for multi-device firmware updating of my PC

According to this question, are there some free (freeware) applications that can help me easily update whole PC's hardware's firmware? App that can find and install new versions of firmware for every ...
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Hard Drive Recovery

I'm attempting to recover a hard drive, which may or may not be possible. It shows up in the BIOS, and in Windows Drive Management, but unloaded and cannot be loaded due to CRC failure. I tried ...
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Unreliable resume from suspend?

My desktop PC (home-built) resumes from suspend somewhat unreliably. I'd say that it resumes successfully about 85-90% of the time and hangs with a blank screen 5-10% of the time. As far as I can ...
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HP business desktops fail non-HP hard drives in BIOS disk test. True?

Since I have NOT needed to be out on the bleeding edge, of late I have been buying factory refurbished or trusted re-builder refurbeded business desktops. For the ones with Windows, they often don't ...
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Graphics card issues? Green lines and distortion on my screens

I turned on my computer this morning and it had a bunch of vertical green artefacts and some horizontal distortions on text. You can see what it looks like I assume it's the graphics card but I'm ...
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Catalyst Control Center Stops working when graphic card is being used

It's been a while since I have this problem with my system. Whenever I use programs (except games) that somehow use Hardware Acceleration such as Browsers, Video Converters, Photoshop etc, my screen ...
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Segmentation fault while installing any linux distro (or windows)

I'm need of a little help from you. I'm having troubles while installing any distribution of Linux (or even Windows) in a computer .. I never had troubles installing an operating system in this ...
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Probability of external physical factors corrupting computer data and calculations?

In the discussion of unreasonably bad sorts, there was an answer that claims alpha particles flipping memory bits can be used as a sorting algorithm. Which makes me wonder: How probable do external ...
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Amd driver stopped responding and has recovered from an error

So this is 3 weeks since I got the GPU Sapphire R9 270 2GB. The other specs for my PC are: CPU: Amd FX 8320 PSU: Corsair RM 750W RAM: 4GB DDR3 1366 (for now) SSD: Samsung 840 Evo Motherboard: ...
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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. ...
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LCD Monitor displaying jagged lines

My 19-inch acer monitor is showing all vertical lines as moving and jagged lines. It's very painful on the eye. I tried capturing a screenshot but the lines in the screenshot are perfect. So I figured ...
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Fsck says read block too short

Yesterday I left my Ubuntu laptop alone for a bit, and the power cable got knocked out, so the computer got shut down. Upon starting it up, it insisted on running fsck, which failed, asking me to run ...
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Computer restarts with OpenGL and Catalyst newer than 11.7

You guys are my last hope literally, before I have to replace my motherboard/CPU/RAM and Graphics Card. When I start OpenGL Programs in fullscreen and the same resolution as my desktop, my computer ...
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Compaq Presario CQ71 no power - power LED lights up briefly when plugged in

I have a Compaq Presario CQ71 which will not power on. When plugging in the charger, the LED turns on for about 10 seconds, and then turns off, no other lights turn on. Nothing seems to be happening ...
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No signs of life, motherboard and PSU seem ok

My computer does nothing when they power button is pressed. No fans even budge. All cable are in right place and used only the minimal components. When shorting the green PSU cable to black the PSU ...
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Acer Aspire ASE700-UQ660A will not respond to power button

This is something of a continuation of this question. I am now completely unable to boot this computer. The last time I used it, I used hibernation mode. When I needed to use it again, it would not ...
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Access old Users folder on backed up hdd

I tried googling to no avail. Here is my problem My old harddrive needed to be replaced, so i imaged it and copied to a new hdd. I later upgraded the hardware significantly and installed a new ...