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

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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 ...
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My desktop won't boot or turn off, and there's no output - is it an issue with the motherboard or the PSU?

I have a desktop that won't boot, and the monitor doesn't turn on. The weird thing is as soon as you plug the computer, it turns on and then you can't turn it off. There's no light on the board to ...
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Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …?

Consider that one want to keep a backup of some data by placing a media in a secret place (under earth, in a rock, in a wall...). What would be the best media with the best long term data stability ...
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Toshiba laptop lid light flickers and lights turn off

I have my laptop for years now and it's still running well but as of couple of months ago there was some color changing on the lower left corner of the screen. It somewhat appears to be red coloring ...
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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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PC just rebooted itself, failed to restart automatically now refuses to boot [closed]

I tried to restart automatically but it failed after about 2 secs. It won't switch on at all now. What part just failed? It's a desktop.
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Video hardware error

I just used the Windows Solution tool and I had 4 errors that stated this Problem: Video hardware error Files that help describe the problem: WD-20130630-2216.dmp sysdata.xml ...
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Parted Magic memory test

I have a computer with possible memory (RAM) failure. How can I test this with a Parted Magic live CD? I see that it is advertised on the website partedmagic.com Test memory for bad sectors. I ...
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50 Celsius degrees on Intel Xeon when idle - is it normal?

I have recently assembled a PC with XEON E3-1230v3 (with factory cooling fan) on Asrock B85 Pro4 Intel B85 motherboard. What surprised me is that when idle (in BIOS) the CPU temperature exceeds 50 ...
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How to determine why computer won't turn on? [closed]

I have a PC that I built myself (parts list). It has for a number of months refused to turn back on after there's a power failure. I've had to pull the plug out of the back, and then plug it back in ...
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How can I stress test my system?

Apologies if this is a beginner question. I've just 'successfully' built a gaming PC myself, and everything works perfectly, apart from one thing. I keep getting this error when trying to sync my ...
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Reallocated Sector Count Field

My hard drive performance is very slow, startup time has been long and harddisk led is on at most of time. HD Tune shows that there is not any bad sector in my hard disk, but it has a Reallocated ...
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Can my laptop whose dead GPU was fixed using a method similar to “Bake in the Oven” technique used normally afterwards..?

My laptop's motherboard has an Integrated graphic card that died. The manufacturer told the the only way to fix it is by replacing the motherboard, which would have cost me a lot of money. A local ...
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Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware?

Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware? Ideally I'd like to take it with me to a second hand shop, boot it up and run a quick round of diagnostics on hardware. It must have both ...
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Keys ceasing to work

I have a Gigabyte Avia K8100 keyboard and I am running in to some problems with certain keys. The down arrow key, left ALT key and '[]' keys are not working any more. I believe this may be a hardware ...
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Spilled tea on laptop; still working, should I service it anyway? Displayport dead.

I need some advice. I spilled tea on the left side of my X230T. I did the normal out with the battery and dry procedure. The laptop works now. Not much got in the keyboard, much spilled against the ...
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What is the probable failure - no BSOD, no event log, monitors sleeping, force reboot required

Every 3 to 15 days, my PC freezes. This typically happens when the computer is idle, I'm coming home from work, back from vacation, etc. It's never happened while using my computer. The monitors are ...
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Windows XP Dell GX280 hardware issue

I have a Windows XP Optiplex GX280 desktop computer that recently had something go wrong when a power surge struck our house. I've taken off the side, and I've got no clue what's wrong. Nothing ...
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Debugging a laptop that won't turn on

When laptop won't turn on, how do I figure out which of these issues might it be? Power Button The AC plug The Motherboard Are there some tools or ways to debug and narrow down the cause. And how ...
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Strange behaviour of my computer. Maybe some defect hardware? [closed]

I really need your assistance and I hope that you can help me. I bought a new computer about 1 month ago (assembled it on my own, just bought all parts). For about 2 weeks there were no errors/bsods ...
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My laptop freezes when on battery?

So, first and foremost I have an HP2510p with 4GB ram running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (I had Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit before but the problem was there so it has nothing to do with the OSs). I also know ...
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Can a 'good' scratch cause RAM to become useless?

Can a 'good' scratch cause RAM to become useless? I know it depends on where, so here's a picture: (NOTE: The picture is used only for the sake of clarity, and is in no way identical to mine; for ...
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Arch Linux: USB mouse fails after an hour of running

I have just installed Arch Linux with kernel version 3.9.5-1. While running xorg (in particular, XMonad), my Microsoft optical USB mouse fails (stops sending movements) after a length of time, every ...
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DVD recording fails with “Power Calibration Error” or “Internal Target Failure”

I'm using a Pioneer DVR-215, firmware version 1.22, on Windows 7 64bit (with various apps, e.g. Nero, DeepBurner) - to try and burn a simple ISO DVD (tried both with and without multisession). This ...
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Are these symptoms of hard disk failure?

I've been running Bodhi Linux 2.0 on my laptop for the past half a year or so and lately it was acting up. Firefox would randomly crash with no error message, and then would refuse to start (instead ...
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Can I increase the reliability of my hard drive by using less of its' capacity?

I have a used 3TB SATA hard drive kicking around that I am planning to use as a replacement in a Win 7 box. I don't need all this capacity so was I thinking if I format it to 1TB I would increase ...
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How do I get drivers Wan Miniport “windows 8”?

My computer has been working fine. I have not reinstalled or altered windows. I have an error on my Wan Miniport. There is a problem with the driver for WAN miniport (Network Monitor) #2. ...
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WinXP SP3 PC reboots during work, no bluescreen (autoreboot on error disabled)

Intel Pentium 4 3gb RAM (2 + 1) Intel I945P/G Chipset GeForce 6600 GT Windows XP SP3 During computer work it sometimes (about 3-5 times per day) reboot itself. It doesn't matter if it's under heavy ...
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What type of screw drivers should I use to service my laptop?

I'm getting ready to service my laptop and for that I need to completely disassemble it to the mobo level and clean it for liquid damage/corrosion. The laptop is a HP dv7-7227cl. All of the ...
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Laptop flooded with water [duplicate]

Most laptop liquid damage guides online show how to clean a laptop if liquid is spilled on top of a laptop. In my case, my laptop was sitting on my basement floor and my basement flooded. I don't ...
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SMART Disks Self test fail on new HD

I just bought a newly assembled PC with a 320GB of HD of WD. I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on it and did a SMART Disk test from the Disks utility in Ubuntu. It gave me following result I'm worried ...
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Is USB unreliable by design or are there just so many broken devices around? [closed]

Often, I've had the case that some USB device starts behaving "strange" (e.g. not being recognized by Windows; not being recognized after waking from standby; being recognized only after plugging it ...
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Unable to locate annoying noise source in HP DV6 laptop

I've had a HP DV6-1340SS laptop for about 3 years. Some months ago, I started hearing some kind of unusually loud fan noise with no apparent relation to CPU load. It's not the usual air sound, it ...
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Why is a failing hard disk slow?

From my currently failing hard drive, I know that I'm erasing it with a write speed of around 300kB/s cause of at least of few bad sectors I'm curious about what exactly causes this slow write speed? ...