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

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Why does running Linux eventually cause my ThinkPad T430 to refuse to boot or enter diagnostics?

I have a Thinkpad T430. Every time that I install Linux (Latest CentOS) on it, after a while, the computer refuses to boot, go into bios, or boot / diagnostics menu. I've run Windows on it, and it ...
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Computer mysteriously seems to power on after surge, but no video or network

I have a box running Linux Mint I've been using as a file/plex host for about half a year to a year. Last night there was a brief power outage and I shut down both of my PCs (linux and Windows ...
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Timer (and animations) running at half speed

I noticed that recently all animations on my PC started running slowly (Aero animations, Games etc.) , although everything else is running normally. This seemed very strange, so I ran a simple C++ ...
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Window's 7 won't install any new hardware. ex. new usb? [closed]

I don't know what happened, (It might be after the latest windows update, thought I'm not sure) but windows won't recognize any usb that weren't previously installed. Also, (I'm not sure whether this ...
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Diagnosing hardware issue/Laptop won't boot

My (discontinued) HP Pavillion Notebook won't turn on. I encountered this issue RIGHT after the cord connecting my ac adapter to the wall outlet was unplugged (not the plug in the wall, but the ...
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What is that “partial poweroff” feature?

Sometimes, when computer boots, I see motherboard logo, and sometimes, I don't. The situation depends on how computer was turned off. I.e. operating system (software) can turn it of "partially", so ...
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Is this normal new HD SMART Health?

Temperature is around 49ºC / 120ºF Also, it is making a noise like if there was dust inside it. What can I do?!
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Can I determine this RAM slot is damaged? [duplicate]

While playing around with some old parts, I ended up with the following hardware setup: Mobo: ASROCK 775Dual-VSTA (2x DDRII slots) RAM: 2x Kingston DDRII 533 1GB (KVR533D2N4/1G) I noticed ...
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Installed Kubuntu on old hard drive and now it's making loud clicking noises

I recently installed Kubuntu on a very old hard drive (it's 10 years old at least). It installed OK, but when I started the computer, I heard the hard drive making loud noises – sounds most like the ...
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Netbook's fried motherboard. Can the RAM be safely salvaged?

I gave a RAM module to a relative for using in a small netbook. The motherboard of said computer got fried (allegedly due to overheating) and I was planning on getting the module back for using in its ...
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What am I looking for when using Memtest86?

I was told to download Memtest86 in order to check to see if RAM has any issues. I am at the main technical page and I’m not really sure what to look for. I have already run the test and it says there ...
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Will my hard drives be harmed if I hold down the power button for 5 seconds? [duplicate]

Sometimes I face the problems with my video card, so the system freezes. Reset button is broken, so the only way is to hold down power button for 5 secs. Guess that this action differs from power ...
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Would hardware-related GPU artifacts appear over remote desktop?

Could GPU artifacts manifest over virtual displays, like a remote desktop connection? My understanding is that hardware-related anomalies display wouldn't appear over a "virtual" display, like a ...
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Sudden bluescreens when interacting with the Steam platform

I recently made a build for a friend and things are running great, except he always gets bluescreens that indicate a hardware issue when interacting with the Steam platform. Bootscreens often occur as ...
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Put computer to sleep, leave for 2+ hours, come back and its shutdown and won't turn on

I built my computer maybe 5 months ago, and it has been running fine up until a couple of weeks ago when I had it in suspend, and then it decided to shutdown and wouldn't turn back on. So I tried ...
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Graphics card possible power issue

I had an nVidia GTS 8800 that stopped working suddenly. I thought the card had just died so I purchased a Sapphire Dual-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 card to replace it. The new card does not work either. ...
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PS/2 keyboard stopped working

I have a Rosewill PS/2 mechanical keyboard on my main PC, used it for a little over a year now. Every so often, for seemingly no reason Windows would stop recognizing the keyboard. This while computer ...
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Monitor blinking when I plug an audio jack

My Dell Latitude E7440 laptop is connected to a Dell U2312HM monitor like so: laptop -> HDMI-DVI cable -> monitor. Sometimes when I plug or unplug the audio jack from my loudspeakers (brand new ...
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Install ubuntu on ssd disk fail

I have just bought a SSD to update my old laptop. However I cannot install lubuntu on it, it stops and keeps repeating the same messages ata3: hard resetting link ata3: SATA link up 1,5 Gbps (SStatus ...
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Is it a PSU or motherboard failure? Or something else?

My desktop computer suddenly stopped working today. When it happened, the fuse in the house was also knocked off. After switching it back on, I tried to turn the computer back on but nothing happened ...
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my power supply died dramatically; is it safe to simply replace it? [duplicate]

my power supply died last night rather spectacularly: blue sparks, popping sounds, a smell of burning plastic. the computer shut down, then tried to start itself up again, and sparked and popped some ...
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Computer randomly reboots [duplicate]

I dont use this particular computer often (sometimes go a month without use) but recently it keeps randomly rebooting, at ANY time. Sometimes it will reboot multiple times before it even posts. ...
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Notebook only works without Hard Disk

i'm having some troubles with an old Toshiba notebook. Like 2 months ago it stopped working and it only loads the BIOS and then nothing happens. I tried formatting it, but the same happens, it doesn't ...
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Recover specific files from a damaged hard drive

I'm trying to recover some 3-5GB of NEF files which were not yet backed up at the time of the crash. This is a 418GB ext4 partition and when mounted with -o ro,noload I can list the directory where ...
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My pc screen has gone mental, any ideas?

My screen used to have this issue a couple of months ago, then it faded. Now it came back again. If I squeeze the sides or move it aggressively, it will be normal again. But when I remove my hand ...
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Hard drive is failing?

Heard some clicking from my Sager NP8652 a few days ago and thought it might've been an HDD issue. Ran CrystalDiskInfo earlier today, and I got these results: About 12 hours later, here I am with a ...
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MOBO turns on when power connected, and black screen

So whenever I connect my motherboard to power, the fans and LEDs turn on without me pressing the power switch. In fact, I can't turn it off even by holding down the power switch. It even powers on ...
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Smart values drop to 0 then comes back up

Acronis Drive Monitor has been sending me the following (email) alerts Disk health has fallen below the warning threshold. Current health: 59% Warning threshold: 70% By the time I open ADM, disk ...
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Bios Doesn't See HD, But HD Known to be Good

I have an Asus Eee PC 1215B, whose hard drive I replace about 8 months ago after the previous one died. It had a 250GB SATA 3.0 drive which I cloned to a 500GB SATA 6.0 drive. After 8 months of ...
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Windows 7 recycle bin is damaged after an abrupt drop in electric current

I always use an inverter when using my computer, but it does not support any abrupt break in electric current. So my computer—running Windows 7 Integral Edition—suddenly powered off. Then when I ...
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Why can I view my data in TestDisk but not otherwise? How can I recover the hard drive?

A few days ago I was working on my computer and my hard drive decided it was time to say goodbye; the screen froze, and when I tried booting my computer it failed. I take the drive out, put it into ...
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Media test failure, No boot device found, Works if start laptop again on a Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520)

It’s 3rd time, I'm starting my Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520) laptop and it’s showing this error. Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Series v2.41 (06/08/11) PXE-E61: Media test ...
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Can loose metal piece cause unclean shutdown?

A laptop I administer has recently been suffering from random unclean shutdowns when it is moved around. Not every time, perhaps once every 3-5 days, but still annoying. I finally got around to taking ...
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CPU turns on then off if pins not removed

My computer's power on button's no longer working so my friend rewired it to use the restart button as a power on button. I don't know what happened but suddenly when I try to turn the computer on, it ...
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How to fix my laser printer failing to print certain areas?

I recently acquired a used HP LaserJet M1217nfw MFP. When I print the demo page from the settings menu, certain areas of the page fail to be printed. It looks sort of like white stripes through the ...
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Troubleshoot possible dead motherboard or PSU on 2 PC

I have a problem with 2 computers. Both are completely dead and don't respond when clicking the Power button. The computers worked fine for about a year ago, but hasn't been used since. I suspected ...
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Unable to shutdown, who to blame?

My PC has always suffered from this problem: upon reboot, the power, instead of staying up and running until BIOS POST, most of the time (but not always, and that's why I don't think this has never ...
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computer freezes 5 - 10 minutes after boot

I am running Windows Vista, for 3 years I have had no problems, not one. Now - after the second reformat I have ever done on it, it freezes after a seemingly random amount of time after boot. It ...
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Network connection breaks again and again?

My PC sometimes disconnects from the network. By disconnecting I mean without any possible reason. My system shows no error in network, no problem with the router and how do I know its only my PC ...
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CPU fan not always running on system start-up

I've recently noticed that the CPU fan fails to run on computer start-up. If I disconnect its power cable and reconnect it, it will run normally every time and for the whole duration the PC is on. ...
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Should I buy a 'Red' or 'NAS' Hard Drive if my desktop computer is on all the time? [closed]

I leave my computer on all the time. Over the last 10 years I've lost an average of about one hard drive per year. I have Seagate and Western Digital warranty exchange addresses memorized :-) Right ...
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Can BSOD cause bad sectors on a hard drive?

What I mentioned as "bad sectors" here are quoted from following scan/test: result from CHKDSK, referred as "Bad Sectors" on the report screen. result from HD Tune - Error Scan, referred ...
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Hard drive clicking after computer being hit, stopped after a few reboots, will my hard drive survive?

I managed to accidentally hit my desktop pc, and the hard drive (my data drive, I have a SSD for boot) started to click and rumble and it was really loud. I rebooted the pc a couple times, and it ...
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HP Laserjet 4l paper jam - probably electronics behind phototransistor defect - how to check?

I have a problem with our old HP Laserjet 4L. The paper jam indicator flashes after the printer fed the 2nd sheet of paper a few centimetres into the machine. The first page after powering on the ...
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Motherboard won't post AFTER I click restart button OR do it via Windows

As the title says, computer starts up fine from shutdown but when I try to restart it, it simply won't reboot. The fans spin, lights are on and everything is working but the motherboard won't post. ...
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Application not found if clicking empty DVD disk icon

Should Windows 8.1 display window to place files if double-clicking CD disk icon? My box does not. It shows absurd "Application not found" message. How to fix?
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Deleted USB Partitions, now USB drive shows as “No Media”

I've recently been using a USB formatted as HFS+. I was in need of wiping it and formatting it for Windows, so that's what I did. It had an EFI partition as it was a boot device. I attempted to ...
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What hardware is responsible for crashing my system? [closed]

For the last few years, my system will sometimes lock down shortly after boot. I assume it is hardware related, but I cannot figure out what part is responsible. I've had the harddrives formatted ...
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Burned PSU possibly damaged hardware

My PSU recently burned out, I don't know if other hardware was affected is it safe to buy a new PSU and use my PC as I normally do? How do I check for potential damages? CPU: i7 2700K 3.5GHz GPU: ...
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System startup error in Windows 7

Lot of times i start the system it does not started thus time mouse and keyboard has no power. After sometimes it will started to faced the following issue in system startup in windows 7: 502M ...