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

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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? ...
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PSU and motherboard power up failure [duplicate]

My girlfriend's computer is not booting any more. Here is a list of the hardware and the tests I've made so far: MB: Asus P5QL-E PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 600W First failure: the PC was off, ...
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Restore MBR on bad HHD after MBR erase

So here is my (kind of) bad situation. I have this ~640GB Seagate 2.5' HDD. It's and old HDD I was using and it has a lot of important personal data. It used to have a MBR and some Linux partitions, ...
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PSU cannot provide enough power

I've semi-recently built a new Linux rig for A/V editing and the occasional gaming. On some games I've experienced consistent reboots with high graphics settings that, I believe, are due to PSU ...
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MacBook Pro shuts down if no key is pressed

Today, when I tried to turn on my MacBook Pro it shut down while it was booting. I found out that it always happens if no key has been pressed on the keyboard for 10-15 seconds. It also happens in ...
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left click logging off session- FC17

I am using FC-17 kernel 3.8.12-100 on an Asus k55vm laptop. All of a sudden my left touchpad click is causing the session to log off without any notification. Initially I thought that it might be ...
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Computer Randomly Powers Off

A few months ago my computer started randomly powering off, sometimes I would get a few hours, sometimes a few days. I first replaced the power supply (PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II) which ...
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Toner flaking off of printed paper on Ricoh MP5000

I have a Ricoh Aficio MP5000 and I am having an issue, albeit an intermittent one, where you can flake the toner off of a printed page. I imagine this has something to do with an error within the ...
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Several hardware components either work or not after booting

I have a desktop computer which I put together myself and in the last weeks I discovered a strange behavior. The same issue refers to three components independently. The onboard network controller, ...
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Laptop Monitor faliure [closed]

I have a HP Pavilion g6 1232a, the monitor flickers/turn white when I move the monitor. If I'm lucky I might just get it to show the right things. What is causing this, it can't be the monitor caused ...
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Is it benificial to shutdown a computer while not in use? [duplicate]

Often times I leave my computer on while waiting for a process, such as a large download, to complete. It's a superstition of mine to turn the computer off as soon as possible after the task has ...
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Why would a computer stop POSTing only temporarily after a crash?

The other night, I was playing a game on my desktop PC when the graphics started stuttering and, eventually without warning, the entire display froze and the speakers emitted a constant buzzing sound. ...
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Windows Boot Manager 0xc0000225

I tried to start my computer, but it suddenly said: Windows Boot Manager Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem: Insert ...
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Can never using a laptop's battery harm the hard drive? [closed]

I have always used power connection with my laptop. Recently the hard disk was damaged, the tech replaced it and said, not using the battery can damage the hard disk, is this correct?
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Is my PC failing or could it be my monitor?

I have a desktop PC (HP Pavilion Elite) that originally came with Windows Vista on it. (I now have Windows 8 Pro installed.) So my PC is at least 4 years old. Also I've noticed that the monitor isn't ...
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Electric surge on Magsafe connector

Noticed something very strange today while putting my MBP on charge. Attaching image. Bought the 13" retina MBP last month. I have no idea what it is but I suspect electric surge from incorrect ...
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IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL BSOD in NDIS.sys, with MemTest passing - what's the cause?

I just got a Blue Screen of Death with IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, in NDIS.sys. My hardware: Intel P4 Northwoord 2.4 GHz Intel D850EMV2 board 4 x 256 MB RDRAM other stuff Context: Computer was ...
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New build not powering up at all after connecting psu cables to hard drive

I recently decided to build myself a new, cheap(ish) rig mainly for HTPC use and I have now run into a BIG problem. The system simply refuses to show any signs of life. Problem: When I press the ...
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Laptop mysteriously goes blank

My Laptop screen turns off randomly The facts : Dell Studio 15 Laptop display randomly and mysteriously goes blank . Randomly comes back if I try turning it on and off about 10 times or maybe give ...
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Fujitsu Hard Drive asking to be formated

I have a Fujutsi hard drive that's requesting to be formatted, but if i cancel the format window it gives me this error "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)". The thing is that I don't want to format ...
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How do I tell if issues are caused by a faulty motherboard or Core i7 CPU memory controller?

My computer has an issue that results in random crashes. When I run memtest I get the same errors almost immediately (pictured). They always occur at the same addresses even if I swap the sticks ...
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Effects on Hardware due to Software [duplicate]

I was wondering if operating systems can in anyway effect hardware of a system. Like, is it possible that a corrupted OS can cause heating problems/ power management issues/ hard drive errors? If we ...
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Thermaltake PSU button won't stay in the “on” position

My Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 750W PSU (P/N TPG-750M like on their web page, but the design shown below) has a mechanical AC push button rather than an on/off switch, and after turning it off today ...
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Can the dust cause DDR RAM errors?

After my system has began unstable I have checked its memory using memtest86+ tool. It has found several thousand memory errors. Then I've opened PC case and pulled out the installed 2 DDR2 sticks, ...
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8 or 12 gb when dealing with mat

I had a huge problem with my computer BSODying all the time and all the times it seemed to be a memory problem. I have 16 gb RAM (4*4) and checked each of my modules individually with memtest86 and ...
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What can cause “Reboot and select proper boot device” other than hard drive issues?

I'm having some weird issues with my computer that I'd be hugely appreciative if someone can help me troubleshoot. Recently, my HTPC will start fine, then after 20-30 minutes it will freeze up and ...
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Computer freezes for a second or two, if there is sound playing, it buzzes while it's frozen

So this has been happening for a while now, but recently it has been more frequent, not sure why. Sometimes when I am playing games (Guild Wars 2 is the most recent example I've got) or watching ...
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unallocated space in hard drives causing windows not to load

I was trying to dual boot kubuntu with windows 8. Now, I created unallocated space and restarted my PC, the windows didn't load showing an error. Windows diagnostics didn't work. There partitions in ...