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

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Computer re-building, won't start

Okay I originally bought a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer, and now I have upgraded it so much that from the parts I am not currently using any more I could build a new one. I have put together all of the ...
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Hardware failure after being moved to a new case

I tried to install my hardware into a new case which didn't work, which is fine however when I plugged everything back into my old case, windows won't boot, claiming such things as "Bad sysconfig" or "...
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BIOS boots into non-OS Bluescreen

After I left my Win 10 PC in Standby-mode, I woke it up and there only was a black screen with a blinking, white cursor. I tried to restart it, it showed the same black screen without booting the BIOS....
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Computer randomly powering off (not restarting)

Over the past few weeks I've started to see my Windows-based machine randomly powering off. Mem-test returns nothing and I'm tossing between it being a memory problem or a processor problem. I'm ...
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Does mdadm record array event history?

I received an automated email from the mdadm daemon: A Fail event had been detected on md device /dev/md0. It could be related to component device /dev/sdh. I find the wording strange. "could be"? ...
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Solid State Drive became unresponsive after large file download - Is it dying?

Do some solid state drives have a hard time dealing with instructions when they have low free space? Or should I expect that the drive is at the end of its life (at just over 1 year)? Background: My ...
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Desktop fans becomes too loud after 30mins

I am having a problem with loudness of my desktop Configuration AMD Athlon X4 750k (3.4ghz, FM2) AMD Radeon R7 250 1gb DDR5 2x 4gb HyperX Kingston Ram 1x HDD Seagate 500gb 7200RPM 1x SSD Transcend ...
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Are there any safeguards for the case that the ac power is disconnected from a Desktop PC such as an Asus Rog or a small Alienware

Some small form factor PC's such as Alienware (http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-steam-machine/pd?ref=PD_OC) or Asus Rog (http://www.asus.com/us/Tower-PCs/ROG-series-Products/) have ac adapters ...
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Left click mouse button keeps stopping working

the left click button on my mouse will work at first when I start my computer, then anywhere from one to fifteen minutes later it stops. This happened before and seemed to go away after a while. I ...
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Did my NVIDIA card permanently break by itself? Or can I fix it?

I believe this occurred after an Intel HD Graphics driver update, but I'm not sure. However, I noticed a few days ago that my NVIDIA graphics card wasn't working. I tried doing everything I could: I ...
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Bluetooth keyboard/touchpad paired/connected but not functioning on Windows 10

Trying to fix an issue with a Cooper Case Executive case that features a Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad. The keyboard pairs and connects just fine after connecting to the Eve T1 tablet running ...
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If a hard drive develops a bad sector, should it be replaced?

I recently encountered an I/O error reading a file on my hard drive. Examination of the SMART data shows that the drive has one bad sector (the Current_Pending_Sector count is 1). The file was ...
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Acer Aspire 1694 not charging

I've a Acer Aspire 1694WLMi and it just stopped working. When the charger is connected, its (the charger) green LED indicator starts flashing repeatedly but there's no life signal from the laptop. On ...
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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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DVD drive suddenly broke

The BIOS doesn't recognize the drive anymore. I was reinstalling windows and suddenly it broke. The drive is used a couple times. I reset the BIOS (removed battery), and tried different settings. I've ...
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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 P2014H displaying jagged black lines. 1600x900, 60Hz. Display port

Connected to Dell U2715H 2560x1440, 60Hz via display port cable. Worked fine last night. Displaying strange black, jagged lines across display. Panel menu functions seem unaffected and display ...
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Screen turns black if charging cell phone is put on top of tower

If I place my charging cell phone on top of my tower (metal) my computer screen turns black either directly or after a few seconds. If I remove the phone the screen turns on again, but hangs sometimes ...
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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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How do hard drive diagnostic tools know if a sector is bad?

When I run into a a hard drive that may be failing, I scan it using ViVARD, which reliably lets me know if the drive needs replacing. How do these sorts of tools work? How can they tell a bad sector ...
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No USB devices working in Windows Server 2008 R2

Before telling my problem, I need to tell you guys one thing. I searched Google, Superuser and StackOverflow a lot and I can't find anything useful. I use a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine with Intel ...
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Dell Studio 1749 AC Adapter Cut Out

The problem I have a Dell Studio 1749 laptop, well outside of warranty (unfortunately) that developed a strange problem. Basically, the power adapter cuts out when you plug it in while the computer ...
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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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Keyboard's 'G' button not working

My laptop keyboard's "G" button has stopped working all of a sudden. I didn't make any update or any hardware change. I have to use on screen keyboard to type "G" alphabet. I use Linux but checked ...
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After thunderstorm, monitor won't turn on

As a result of thunderstorm I had a power outage in my apartment. I had unplugged all the power cords of the computer during the storm but after the power came back the monitor wouldn't turn on. I am ...
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Waking a Dead Laptop

I have a HP 430 laptop. I described it's problem before on this site. Here it is: Screen broken, cannot see repair instructions The problem is this: Prologue My laptop screen has a crack and ...
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Computer not booting up

The hdd light comes up for a few seconds and goes off and the keyboard lights flash for just a millisecond. I tested the power supply with paper clip method and power supply works fine. There's no ...
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pc powers on for a sec, then off for 5 secs, and repeat forever

this seems to be a hardware related question. My UPS broke down yesterday and it seems to have brought down a PC with it, which repeatedly tries to power on but never manages. My findings: I tried ...
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Laptop Keyboard Characters not corresponding to the right key, and some don't work

I'm using Fujitsu Lifebook LH532, my computer's keyboard suddenly get into a trouble. The case is like this: When I press "W", "E", "R", "Y", "[", "K", "L", TAB, ENTER and the WINDOWS KEY, it doesn't ...
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SSD failed, will cooling down recover it?

My work laptop’s SSD failed or so tech support told me. The laptop was very hot to the touch at the time and was being operating continuously. Should I ask them to try it again (it has already been ...
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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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USB flash drive connects randomly / only sometimes

So this problem keeps reoccurring even on new flash drives, and I can't stand it. I have some usb flash drives, and whenever I try to connect them to my laptop (triple boot, so no OS specific), I have ...
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Dual boot Windows and Linux: How to avoid hardware damage?

Back in 2009 or earlier, I was still using Windows operating system. That is when I discovered Linux had better support for PC hardware, so I had successfully dual boot using Wubi with ease. It was ...
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UPS doesn't work on off-grid solar power system

My APC 350 UPS worked fine when plugged into standard utility company power in the States. Now it's being powered by an off-grid solar power system in Central America, using 120 volt power from a ...
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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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How did my “Boot Device Not Found” error resolve itself?

This morning, I turned on my computer and got the "Boot Device Not Found" error. I restarted the PC a couple of times, but the error persisted. I finally restarted the computer and booted off of the ...
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RAID Disk failure - one per day (3ware 9650SE - Seagate Barracuda 3TB)

I have a RAID6 config, with 3ware 9650SE-8LPML card and 6x Seagate Barracuda 3000GB running from early 2012 (May?). Those HDD were quite big for that time. They always made a strange noise when ...
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Computer won't POST after motherboard/CPU being replaced as DOA

I got a bunch of computer parts recently (that's not quite complete, but is pretty much). It's currently plugged together sitting on desk in pieces, the motherboard sitting on its cardboard box, with ...
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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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Laptop powers down during startup

I have seen a few similar questions here but none of them helped me. When I press the power button, the computer starts just fine, the Windows are loading just fine, then heavy fanning (REALLY loud) ...
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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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Is old hard drive dead?

So a couple of days ago my 3 year old laptop with win7 was acting up (programs didn't respond etc.) so I've decided to run a chkdsk, however this turned out to be a bad idea since it stalled at one ...
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HDD Failure Connected to Other Problems?

My PC runs Windows 8.1 on an SSD, and I have a HDD as a data drive as well. On Friday night, I got home to my PC was sitting on the BIOS screen. I could immediately see that the HDD was no longer ...
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What is J0, J1, J2, J3 for on this Apple wireless card?

Upon a SSD drive swap I broke one of the cable connectors to this chip and I'm not sure what's broken now. Everything seems to be working. WIFI, Bluetooth and iSight Camera. I have a Macbook Pro 2011 ...
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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 ...