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

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Windex in a keyboard

After noticing that the screen and keyboard on his laptop were dirty were dirty, my friend used a Windex spray to clean them. (not on my advice.... ;) Now most of the keys on his keyboard, when ...
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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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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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Battery reports it's fine, but notebook won't boot /wo AC plugged in

I am running Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG. I opened it up to clean (as I've done twice before), assembled it back and now observe weird behaviour: the laptop won't react to the power button ...
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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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Audio rapidly fades out every time a sound is played

I recently installed a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Fx sound card in a computer running audiovisual experiments that involve the repetition of short (on the order of 100 milliseconds in duration) ...
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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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PC doesn't turn on after long shutdown [closed]

When the PC is off for a couple of hours it turns on for a few seconds and then turns off again. To get the PC working again I have to remove to power-cable and the battery. Then it boots normally. I ...
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Is my motherboard failing, or is there some other issue?

So, several months ago I put together my own desktop PC. I set up a dual boot to Windows and Ubuntu. Recently, without changing any settings or installing anything new, the wifi stopped working on ...
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Has the hardware in my modem gone bad?

I contacted CenturyLink about my modem recently and received useless and unrelated information. The problem seems to be that the modem will no longer save settings, the web interface is unusable ...
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Clone a hard drive with ubuntu live?

My desktop hard drive is failing and I have to clone windows 8 and all my files asap! Was thinking that I could boot into ubuntu live and copy my failing drive to an external drive then swap it out ...
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Random Reboots on a Windows 8.1 Custom Build

I have a Windows 8.1 custom PC that I built about 6 months ago. It worked great for several months with no problems, but about three months ago it started to reboot randomly. My computer works fine ...
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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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F5 key stuck on laptop even without keyboard

I'm having a weird problem with F5 key. the system continuously detect F5 key press. If I open web browser,tabs keeps refreshing.Detect keypress even while booting from external USB device(live ...
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Gaming keyboard G265 not responsive and backlight keeps flashing

My new Genius G265 gaming keyboard is not responsive and keeps flashing the backlight. In Windows I hear repeating ding sounds as if I removed the keyboard and plugged it back in. If I manage to turn ...
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I burned out the USB ports — can I salvage the motherboard? [closed]

I had a general purpose computer ( no hardcore gaming and such, just some 3d modeling ) from ~2009, running windows7, quad core2 2.40GHz, 4GB Ram, motherboard GA-P35-DS3R. Yet I managed to connect ...
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Why is RAID rebuild/recovery tied to a specific RAID card?

I would assume that although the RAID specification itself does not detail the implementation, the manufacturer of the card would like to write the RAID implementation just once and reuse that in all ...
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Random Boot Loop

I am experiencing that my computer is rebooting at random times and not even reaching BIOS. It happens mostly after my computer have been turned off over the night. but sometime just random. Here's ...
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Computer random shutdown while playing game, 3 long beeps

My computer randomly shutdown while playing a game. It started beeping. 3 long beeps, 1 per second, then repeated after 5 seconds. I just installed a new GFX card (750 Ti), and reseated the CPU heat ...
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Windows computer getting Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) after a fall

Accidentally knocked my laptop onto the ground last night and have been having some trouble with it since. After picking it up, I opened the screen to make sure there wasn't any obvious damage and, ...
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Upgraded Computer, Now It Turns Off Randomly/Won't Turn On

I have recently upgraded my computer and now it turns off at random times. Sometimes, I'll be on all day and there will be no problem. Sometimes it'll be a couple hours and it'll shut off. And ...
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Stange experience in my laptop of certain keys not working

I actually asked this in HP support forums and their Customer Service Rep., but no one knows whats going on.So, I am throwing open this question here , esp. so that some Geek Squad guy, who has seen ...
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WD My Cloud disconnecting from network during file transfer

I bought a WD My Cloud 2 TB and when I opened it for the first time, it offered for me to upgrade to the latest firmware version: 3.04.01. I upgraded, then I started to copy my files into drive. After ...
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Acer Monitor - No Response to Power Supply?

Model No is S231HL, for reference. As I was packing to leave my dorm, I unplugged it for the first time in a long time. It was working just a few minutes before this. I then realized I wasn't sure ...
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What could be causing multiple computers in an office to restart?

Two months ago, one of the computers in our office began to restart randomly. The restarts didn't seem to follow any pattern - the CPU temperature never fluctuated and it happened both when idle and ...
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PC doesn't make it to the BIOS, except when it was turned off for a really long time

I bought a new graphic-card and put a spare hard-drive in my old pc (got myself a new one). Then I installed freshly Windows 7 professional again and the PC worked fine for a few months. I don't ...
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Keyboard suddenly starts to randomly skip letters

I have an Asus (K52Jr) laptop for almost 4 years now. I'm working from home for almost 3 years so I use the laptop extensively. I never had a problem with the keyboard, but, suddenly yesterday it ...
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How do I fix my DELL Studio 1535 audio ports?

for a while, my audio ports have been acting up. I have 3, one is mic and two are headphones. The two headphone ports do not work properly and I have to spin and wiggle the audio jack inside the port ...
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Reboot on hardware freeze

OS: Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 How can I make sure that even if the kernel has a very low level, massive failure, the system will reboot? Or if that is impossible, what is the best freeze to reboot ...
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Is it a hardware error for the audio device

Last night, after I restart my laptop ( DELL Inspiron 14 N5010 ) the audio device is gone and it says no speakers or head phones are plugged in . I've tried uninstall the audio device in 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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Computer doesnt charge and harddrive fail after spilling fluids

I spilled tea under my laptop (Dell 7520 15R) yesterday, water got on my rams, hard drive and battery. Computer shut down immediately. I cleaned everything, assembled it and it works fine, except that ...
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my computer doesn't charge; the plug on my computer doesn't work

my computer NEVER works on just pure battery power. It always has to be plugged in. It always says "0% available. Not charging" but again, will work when its plugged in. Is this faulty ...
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My new motherboard doesn't start

I've purchased the following components for a new machine: Asus Z9PR-D12, Be Quiet! E9-580W 80+ Gold, Intel Xeon E5-2620 2.1 GHz, Crucial 16 GB DDR3 1333 MHz CL9 ECC Registered. I assembled the ...
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Powering Off Hard Disks, is a life saver or life depleter?

Hardware description and problem introduction: I'm a Home user and I use Windows in a Home PC, I have 4 internal hard disks connected and running, 1 hard drive is for the OS, and the other hard ...
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Graphics card not working even with the latest drivers?

I have a new laptop Acer Travelmate P-255 MG which had linpus Linux on it, and has a graphics card: Name: AMD Radeon 8750M Vendor ID: 1002 Devicde ID: 6600 I installed Windows 7 x64 on it, and I ...
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P8Z77V built in ethernet fails with Code 10

I have an Asus P8Z77-V motherboard with a built in intel 82579V adaptor. For some odd reason its being detected as 82579LM. I'm running windows 8, and the system worked properly before. Its a known ...
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How to recover data from dead disk? [closed]

I just dropped my disk and it doesn't spin anymore when connecting. Unlucky me - it's a backup disk - and I need the data. I did try to find a service but they are really expensive and outside my ...
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Network Adapter just disappeared

This morning I turned on my Computer and I didn't have an Internet connection. Checking the Network Center on Windows, it said there is no cable in the device. I replugged it, thinking that it is ...
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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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HP laptop, “General system board failure”, what next?

I have an HP Pavilion DM1-3101ea laptop with an integrated AMD E-350 APU. Basically the same as DM1Z, if it is of any help. I have Ubuntu 12.04 on it. The problem appeared as follows: i tried to send ...
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Logitech MK710 mouse drops out whilst playing video-games?

I have a Logitech MK710 Wireless keyboard + mouse combo. It uses the Unifying technology for the receiver. It worked perfectly since I bought it, with quick response and no noticeable lag. But when I ...
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Internet-connection not working properly on one of my computers (even after format)

All of a sudden my Internet-connection started acting strange: sites wouldn't load properly (didn't load all data, leaving the page to be unfinished, images would be strange-looking), some clients, ...
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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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How can I diagnose a laptop that wont boot to BIOS? Is it possible to fix? [closed]

My laptop (running Ubuntu 13.10) recently stopped booting (no BIOS screen, nothing) after a few tries, it booted into a screen that said GNU Grub. Not knowing what this was, I restarted and now it ...
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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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Wireless Adapter keeps cutting out

Okay, I'm in a situation where my wireless adapter keeps cutting out, maybe after only like 5 minutes of browsing; the more intense the activity, the more chance of a cut out (i.e. multiple tabs ...
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What are the differences between “rugged” external HDDs and “regular” ones?

Two example models (off the top of Amazon best seller list), Western Digital Elements Portable (regular) vs Transcend 25M3 drive (rugged) True, one is enclosed in rubber casing, the other is not. ...
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PC shutting down with hardware failure

In last 5 month, something weird happening to my PC. By the hardware there is no problem persist. As all hardware installed are working normally, like Fan on CPU, GPU, PSU and no circuit was broken or ...
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External monitor flashing black and forth

EDIT: Originally posted on StackOverflow but removed due to off-topic. One suggestion was that the backlight needs replacement. I am yet to try that solution. I have recorded the issue in this video ...