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

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Laptop With Wonky Charging Port

I have a laptop I purchased about 2 years ago which has an issue concerning the port where you plug in the AC adapter. Through normal use, it suddenly noticed this issue where you cannot get the ...
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Laptop that only boots after being placed in the freezer once all power is depleted?

Not an April Fools Day joke!* I have a Lenovo T500 that will not boot once it looses complete power (battery depleted & AC power loss). The odd thing about the whole issue is that if I place the ...
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dell inspirion 545 desktop will not power on. possible solutions?

for a few weeks now I've had an issue where I have to unplug the power lead for 30 seconds then plug it back in and hit the power button before the pc will turn on /come out of hibernation. Now this ...
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Can't format my SSD anymore

I am not sure if my SSD is broken. I tried to install Windows 7 on my SSD today and it somehow got stuck in the installation process. After aborting the installation, I tried it again but I ...
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Only One or Two keys working on keyboard [duplicate]

I recently spilt Tea on a laptop. Everything was OK, but the keyboard. It worked but had a few sticky keys that weren't working, so I rinsed the keyboard in lukewarm water and left it for 24 hours. ...
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Why is laptop with Windows 8 slow? [closed]

I've got HP Pavilion dv6-6167cl Entertainment Notebook PC which is very slow under Windows 8. I previously had Windows 7, and currently I have "clear" Windows 8 with 5 installed apps. There is 2-5 ...
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Installed a new graphics card, computer was on for about 20-30 minutes then got “No Signal”

I recently did an upgrade of my PC and replaced the CPU and video card; I later replaced the Power Supply and then the motherboard was fried so I had to replace that. I finally got all the components ...
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RAM passes memtest, but creates faulty behavior

On the following configuration -Asus Sabertooth X79 -Intel Core i7 3930K -8 of these 8Gb RAM http://linux.about.com/od/commands/l/blcmdl8_ethtool.htm One of these RAM is failing. When I plug it ...
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How can I prevent my Asus M50Sa from overheating?

My main computer is an Asus M50sa, which is about five years old now. The computer is still great but it continually overheats and shuts itself down whenever there is a heavy load on the CPU. I can ...
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High number of ethernet errors. Tool for testing the ethernet card?

have an Asus Sabertooth X79. I often get corrupted files. I checked the RAM, but memtest finds no errors. To avoid the possibility of disk errors, I tried copying files to tmpfs. If I copy from the ...
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WD external Hard disk volumes are not recognizing by data recovery tools

It is regarding my WD 1TB external harddisk. The issue:- Accidently dropped from my hands(approx 1 feet height). It worked properly for one day, but since day 2, I realised that my laptop is only ...
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SSD is detected, but Computer doesn't boot from it anymore

Suddenly, without making any changes to my hardware, my notebook doesn't boot anymore. After the BIOS, the screen goes blank and the system just reboots with no error message. I have multiple OS ...
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Slow BIOS bootup

This is a new HP DV-7 laptop. When you turn it on SOMETIMES it will wait at 15 minutes on the press escape for menu and sometimes it will boot correctly. IS this a hardware failure issue or is this a ...
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Flashing LEDs on 101-key Unicomp PS/2 keyboard

Background Purchased a Gigabyte motherboard (GA-78LMT-USB3) with a new computer about a week ago. The keyboard is a Unicomp 101-key PS/2 keyboard, which is what I am using to type this question ...
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Computer only running with live CD

The issue: When using the computer for a little while, it just freezes. The time that it takes varies from 10 minutes to an hour and half, but never longer than 2 hours. When it freezes I have to ...
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Dell inspiron laptop failure due to USB

I have a dell inspiron laptop with 8 GB of ram and a 1 TB hard drive. I recently plugged a usb to Robotic arm interface cable from my laptop to the robot. My laptop was in sleep mode, and right when ...
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MacBook Pro will not boot

I have an older Macbook pro that will not boot up. The Symptoms are listed below: When power button is pressed the button on the front turns on and I can hear it begin to power up (Fans spin, HD ...
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Using rubber to rub contacts of RAM?

The contacts of RAM will oxidize... you know. A little bit of my own experience: So my dad found a stick of RAM (if you're interested, DDR2) and I tried to add it to an old computer (... Pentium ...
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Multiple hardware failures, looking for a cause

In the last months I've been experiencing multiple hardware failures that cannot be totally unrelated: My prosumer PCI audio card (Delta 1010LT) was randomly not being recognized at startup. I had ...
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Can storing my HDDs airtight damage them in anyway?

I have lost many electronics that I keep unused for a long time before due to the near sea (high humidity area) area that I live in. I learned this the hard way, so in order to protect hard drives ...
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Windows 7 hard disk failure - Re-enable warning

I've previously disabled a hard disk failure warning in Windows before later removing the disk. I've since done some further diagnostics and I now believe the SATA cable to be at fault, I've replaced ...
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Specific area of the laptop heats up unusually

This is the image of the laptop that I own [HP Pavilion DV4-2126tx]. Towards the left of the laptop is a RJ-45 socket where I connect the internet cable and close to it is the graphics card, ...
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The spacebar on my new microsoft keyboard 4000 is acting crazy, what's causing it?

This Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 keyboard is practically new, less than a month old, and today out of nowhere when using Ubuntu the spacebar stops working. At first I thought it might be the occasional ...
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New PSU New Issue, Fan, Hard drive, Disc Drive Start, Nothing Else

I've been in the chat for the past while and found nothing so I figured I'd come to the front page. For about 6-8 months I've had issues with my computer not starting when it was cold and even then ...
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HD gets bad sectors

I have a 1TB hitachi that after some use develops bad sectors as reported by HD tune and checkdisk. After reformatting the HD tune and checkdisk report no bad sectors. I use the disk exclusively for ...
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How Often to Check For Hardware Errors/Failure?

I just discovered this great post: http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-server-predicting-hardware-failure.html and have been wondering how frequently is typical to check for failed/failing hardware? ...
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Windows tools to diagnose dead USB ports?

I have a Toshiba laptop with 3 USB ports. The ports stopped working, independently, over time. Now I can't use a mouse with the laptop so basically it's a non functional computer for me. I don't know ...
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SSD and Lenovo X60s laptop dont get along under Windows and Linux

I put an SSD in my Lenovo X60s laptop and the two do not seem to get along. I tried to install Windows 7 and 8 several times and I got several different errors, most often: windows setup could not ...
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Computer does not BOOT, POST, show any image nor react to power button once turned on? [duplicate]

Well I have a Packard Bell Easy.. something, I don't know the model anymore, but it's a 6 years old Desktop and it worked pretty well until last night. The problem is that when I boot it on the ...
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Monitor constantly flickering between no signal

Info - Gfx Card: 7850 TV: Element 55 inch OS: windows 7 64 bit I'm using 1080p/HDMI. When I turn my computer on, I get 'no signal' all the way until the log in screen, because apparently the ...
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What can cause screen flickering in monitor?

I have the exact same problem as the guy made this video. The laptop (a 17' acer) starts normally and after around 10-20 minutes starts doing this. The screen is ok and suddenly blinks for some ...
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Blue horizontal lines when scanning with color

I have an HP Scanjet G2410 flatbed scanner that was working perfectly until now. When I try to scan something in color I get these large horizontal lines at the top and bottom of the picture. For ...
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Failing hard drive false positive?

Upon booting a computer I get an error "AHCI Port 1 Error, press F1 to continue." Ok, everything goes fine, I can perfectly boot into Windows (7). There I get a S.M.A.R.T. warning that my hard drive ...
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Laptop nvidia geforce turned into intel graphics card?

I am experiencing something strange in one of my laptops that I haven't seen before. The laptop is an ASUS K52JC, has an Nvidia Geforce 310M. I have it setup as a dual boot with both windows 7 and ...
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what does it mean to hard-brick a device?

I read people complaining that certain EFI-enabled Samsung laptops can be accidentally 'bricked' when trying to install an OS or when using certain programs in them, which doesn't happen with BIOS ...
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Western Digital 1TB external hard drive could not be read

I have a problem with my external hard drive, I was copying a huge amount of data (approx 100 gigs) from it to another hard drive, suddenly an error popped up and told me that the operation could not ...
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How to restore data from a damaged HDD?

I have dropped my laptop accidentally. It had Windows and Linux installed along with GRUB, with Windows located at the beginning of the hard drive and Linux near the end. After that I couldn't boot ...
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BIOS does not detect SSD after graphic driver installation

I turned on my Windows 7 machine, checked my email, installed an auto-update to AMD Catalyst to version 13.1, installation proceeded as normal. I did not immediately restart, but then proceeded to ...
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Testing joystick on XP - Why is movement registered when centered?

I have a USB 2 Thrustmaster joystick connected to a PC running Windows XP SP 3. I have been testing the joystick using Control Panel->Game Controllers->Properties. However, I find that sometimes ...
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Does a dead graphics card have any use?

My Graphics card died. The PC couldn't even boot - the motherboard gave a beep code indicating that it couldn't find a GPU. After replacing the device the PC worked again. Is there anything I can do ...
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Windows crash on new Hard Drive that was never formatted

I installed a new hard drive after someone removed the OS from my old drive thinking I would eventually slave the two together to recover my data. Unfortunately the new disk keeps crashing and I ...
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Sound (and possibly other functions) cut out on laptop, but only under specific conditions

I have an odd issue with my new Windows 7 laptop, and I'm at a loss to explain it. I was listening to a podcast downloaded to my hard drive (incidentally a StackExchange podcast) while I did the ...
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Lenovo T410 overheats since replacing HDD with SSD hard drive

As already mentioned in the title, my Lenovo T410 notebook overheats regularly since I've replaced my old harddisk with a SSD harddisk. My assumption is that the CPU is stressed since replacing the ...
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Virus or hardware failure?

I've been having an extremely odd problem with my desktop computer. It's a custom build (not built by me) running windows xp. Every so often 1 cpu (it's an amd x2) starts maxing out. When I look in ...
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PC system repeats for 15 times keyboard's key strikes in random moments

I have a PC system with a really strange issue, I think it's hardware. While typing, at random moments and usually after repetitive strikes of any key, or fast typewriting, it repeats the last ...
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Cannot Access Hard drive from a broken PC, I have it hook to a USB adapter and can see it in in computer management

I am trying to get the data off of a windows XP desktop hard drive that the motherboard died on. I have a USB adapter that allows me to plug any IDE or SATA hard drive into in then plug it into my PC ...
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Hard Drive is running at a crawl after intermittent startup issue. Is my HDD finished?

I woke up the other day to find that my Sony Vaio VPC wouldn't boot up after multiple attempts. After running a system diagnostic check using the built-in recovery partition that came with the laptop, ...
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Likely Kernel Panic, possible HDD Failure?

On Monday, during regular working on my Ubuntu 12.10 powered Dell Vostro 3300 laptop, the OS crashed all of a sudden, and I've been left with a black background screen with text that mostly consisted ...
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GPU overheated, computer won't start?

I recently got a new GPU and as I was playing a game today it overheated and my system just went dark. After about twenty minutes (of leaving my computer off) I open up my case, take out my GPU and ...
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Vertical lines going across my PC monitor

How do I get rid of 15 vertical lines going across my PC monitor? It is a HP Pavilion desktop running Windows 7 enterprise.