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

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Random crash then “a disk read error has occurred”

So out of the blue today when my computer was tabbed out of a game things got laggy and my computer crashed with a scrambled corrupt version of my screen making me think it was the GPU overheating. ...
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where are the “ipmi sel” entries parameter descriptions?

In order to troubleshoot a possible hardware issue I have installed ipmitools on my server and am doing queries for info related to poweron/poweroffs, hardware added/removed/status. I am trying to ...
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External hard drive not recognized in OS

my Hitashi external hard drive is not being recognized by any OS. On windows when i go to "disk managment" section, i have the partition as "NON INITIALISED/ NON ALLOCATED". no other operation on that ...
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Intel Motherboard caught fire after nearly two years

My Intel motherboard suddenly sparked and caught fire. I was able to quickly turn off the fire and upon inspection discovered that a chip near the processor area has burned out. Can anyone tell me ...
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Hardware Degradation by Leaving Laptop on Permanently?

Consider a standard laptop build. Now suppose you leave it running (not just plugged in) permanently. To what extent will this produce hardware degradation or increase the risk of hardware failure?
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Computer restarts infinitely after Bios/Motherboard screen

Every morning I turn on my computer (which is relatively new) and I never had any issue with it until now. It starts booting, shows that very first screen which has some motherboard picture, then it ...
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Why I have to replug my mouse occasionally?

I've got two USB wired mouses (mice?): "Mad Catz R.A.T.7" and "Canyon CNL-MBMSO02". From time to time when I start my computer I find the latter mouse not working. But it starts working if I replug ...
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Does SpinRite still prevent/predict crash failure in modern hard drives?

Yesterday I attended a presentation by Western Digital that discussed various innovations in rotating hard drive internals, including perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), heat-assisted magnetic ...
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Asus V1S screen dimming randomly

I have an Asus V1V, which is the same as the Asus V1S except for the video card. I have a problem where the screen will randomly lose brightness or flicker between being lit and not lit. The picture ...
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Monitor displays light shadows

I recently bought a second-hand monitor, same model as my first monitor, in order to get dual-display with the same monitor each time. This second-hand monitor has an issue however : all pixels ...
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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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Computer in Boot Loop

My old Dell PC has recently gotten stuck in a boot loop, and I'm not sure why! I'm kind of new to troubleshooting computers, but I'm trying to learn how. I've checked the RAM, there's no problem ...
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Windows 7 not recognizing SATA-connected Drives

EDIT: The drives are visible in my Windows 7 Device Manager, but not in the filesystem. It says the best drivers are installed. What's going on? I have a desktop rig as such: SSD1 - Windows 7 ...
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Windows 7 Not Recognizing Any Hardware, Linux Recognizing Hardware

I have a new desktop computer with two SSDs: one running Linux Mint 15 (SSD1), the other running Windows 7 (SSD2). My mint runs perfectly - USB wireless adapter is recognized, SSD2 (connected by SATA) ...
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My Dell studio 14" doesn't load boot bios, OS and even firmware

Dell studio 14" doesn't load boot bios, OS and even firmware it only displays gray light and after some time laptop shutdowns. It doesn't even read any external drive. Could any one help me with this. ...
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Does this sound like HDD PCB fail?

The hard disk in my laptop has completely died, bios doesn't even recognise that a HD is connected, and power on quickly halts with No bootable device -- Please restart system. The laptop was zipping ...
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Hardware-Incompatible SSD?

I own an older 120gb INTEL 320-Series SSD. I have downloaded the SSD Toolbox, and have ensured that the drive has the most recent firmware. Here's what's weird: When I insert the drive into my HP ...
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Can hMailServer be configured to retrieve mail from external accounts only when triggered by client?

I run a small LAN and use hMailServer to provide an IMAP server. I have hMail's database out on a NAS drive. When I have hMail set to fetch email from external servers (eg. our ISP), it wakes the ...
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Can I still use a usb flash drive after spilling water on it?

So a few months ago I accidentally spilled a little water on a few of my usb flash drives. I really want to test and see if they work, but before I do, I just want to make sure that there's no risk of ...
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Broken USB disk

Somehow my USB flash drive is broken. When I plug it into my Windows 7 PC it appears in Windows Explorer, but I cannot format/access it; I get the "insert disk" message every time I try to ...
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How do you fix a laptop with a corrupt hard drive and encrypted bios?

I have a laptop with a fully encrypted hard drive. Recently, the drive got corrupted and I am unable to boot up the laptop. The bios is password-protected so I cannot change the boot drive. Is there ...
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Computer's clock not running at correct speed, Trying to diagnose

I built a desktop just over a year ago, and it's been rock solid since then in Linux and Windows. However, two really weird problems have happened over the last few days. When I turned my computer on, ...
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Can turning off a computer while an OS is running damage the RAM

The question pretty much says it all. I had a problem with RAM and bought new ones. Theoretically, what else could cause RAM problems that can be avoided?
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Failure to Boot to bios and video failure

Ok... so let me start with some of the computers history... A year or two ago, the integrated video on the computer stopped showing anything on the monitor for some wired reason that is unknown. This ...
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Sudden hard diskn AHCI failure to initialize

My system has been running smoothly, with no changes for months, but this morning when I turned it on it hung on AHCI init. I narrowed it down to being some kind of issue with my second HDD (boot ...
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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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Let windows ignore a faulty drive?

I have a secondary (non-system) hdd with some bad sectors. Whatever I try to recover the data (cloning, imaging, copying,...) seems to be failing because the OS fails (Windows 8 + Fedora Live). Win8 ...
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Can you copy files from virtualbox without vbox running?

I got into a big trouble now. My hard disk just kind of "crashed". I get from disks that "DISK IS LIKELY TO FAIL". My main OS is ubuntu, and I am (or was) using a Windows 7 VBOX. When I start ubuntu, ...
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Why my external drive turned in read only mode?

I have this HDD (quite new, 4 months old) which I formatted to ext3 (my router supports ext3, not ext4) and I started copying all my data from an older drive on it (1TB data). After a bit (a lot of ...
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Partition Recovery and tools required

I have Windows 7 machine. I had partitioned C: to extended partition D:. Well yesterday I was increasing the space for D: (for installing UBUNTU -dual boot-). I used G-parted of UBUNTU to expand the ...
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Laptop not starting up after trip - lights are on but it's dead

I have an eMachines E525 that I just brought when traveling by airplane. After arriving the computer won't start. The LEDs showing the computer has power light up when I turn it on. The fan operates ...
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strange things after cleaning heatsink, fan and repasting the chips of Hp Pavilion dv 5000

I disassembled my old laptop(HP OPvilion dv5000) to clean it the heat-sink and fan because I remember it overheated when i used it before. I have done the same thing various times with Asus computers ...
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Computer freezes during (or soon after) OS boot, regardless of which OS is being loaded

I've been struggling with a quite annoying issue on my personal computer . I run both Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.04 on this particular machine, and the issue I'll describe next presents itself exactly ...
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Aspire 5741g laptop display corruption a few minutes after boot

What could be the reason that my Acer Aspire 5741G laptop always gets corrupted graphics a few minutes after boot? (Intel Chipset, Ati Graphics) It happens kernel independent. It happens in Windows ...
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Shaky pointer issue on a PC

I have a strange issue that is driving me mad. My girlfriend has a computer with this hardware specs: Asus P5QL-E Rev.2.05G Sockel 775 Mainboard Thermaltake 600W Intel e7500 Corsair ddr2 2x2Gb 800mhz ...
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Computer freezes when watching videos on YouTube and on startup

I am running Windows 8 and for the first few months everything was fine. Then I changed PC cases and all of a sudden, when I attempt to watch a YouTube video or try to do something (such as opening ...
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What happens with a normal disk when you unplug power vs an SSD [closed]

We are using SSD's sata2 disks, but they often get corrupt. I also see that users on their desktop, don't use the on off switch from the computer but use the main power-switch of their office room. ...
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LCD Monitor screen keeps going blank

I have an LG LCD monitor (Flatron L192WS). I've been using it since 5 years, never had a problem but from yesterday onwards suddenly after 20-10 minutes of working, the LCD screen goes blank. When the ...
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HDD doesn't properly work [duplicate]

Recently, while I was installing windows 7, I tried to re-partition my 750 gb hdd. There were following partitions inside my HDD: Swap Ubuntu Backtrack System reserved for Windows 7 Windows 7 I ...
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Laptop only displays on external monitor, even after screen was replaced

I have an HP Pavilion G6. The screen (LED) doesn't work, but it displays fine on an external monitor with HDMI or VGA. The screen was obviously cracked so I got a new one. After replacing it, the ...
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How can a power supply (PSU) fail to power a motherboard but still test as “OK”?

I'll start by apologizing for asking another question on a topic which obviously pops up over and over and over again. I tried to locate an existing answer matching my situation, but I did not. If you ...
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Is it possible to remove card reader soldered to a laptop mainboard without damaging it?

Without using high technology tools, no solder iron, just cutting pins, or destroying some chip. And if it is successfully done, would the BIOS reclaim it ? (It's because due to a faulty card reader, ...
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Hard drive not exist

On my HP Pavalion G7 laptop I am getting a hard drive not exist message which leads me to assume that my hard drive is dead. I did an image backup about 2 weeks ago. Can I purchase an identical or ...
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Potential hard-drive failure [duplicate]

About a week ago my Windows 7 PC got progressively slower over a day or two before it got the point where it was unusable. Everything would pretty much freeze when trying to even carry out the most ...
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Black screen on boot up no bios

I have a Windows system and when I turn it on everything runs and turns on but the monitor stays black. No BIOS shown or anything. Ideas? This is also a brand new system. No more then a year old ...
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I may have fried two completely different computers

I have two computers: my main one, and an older one. Currently, both are fully hooked up, and neither will respond when the power button is pressed or held. No fans, no lights, no sign at all. Prior ...
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Ups not going on battery

I've got a new UPS for my computer and I experienced the first power outtage today. I had previously tested the battery once fully charged by shutting the appropriate breaker down and it went on ...
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What is the function/purpose of the pinhole on the battery of a Samsung Series 5 ultrabook?

Some background (not entirely relevent to main question): I can't find my specific model of laptop online but it has all the same specs as this excluding the touchscreen: http://bit.ly/18netZQ It's a ...
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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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Dell latitude d630 power shuts off instantly

My Dell latitude d630 laptop has a problem of power on. Whenever we switch on the laptop, the power led stays on for 4-5 seconds and then turns off whole laptop power. My battery is OK and charged ...