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

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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 ...
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Left arrow key is sporadically unresponsive

I use the left arrow key quite a bit in the course of my work. Over the past few days I've found that it is occasionally unresponsive, and I need to press it a second time in order to deploy it. I'm ...
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My LCD monitor cycles on and off when I turn on my computer sometimes, makes whirring noise while doing so

For the past two days, when I've started my desktop computer, the monitor was black and didn't seem to be receiving a signal, so I'd restarted and everything seemed to work normally. Today, when I ...
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USB flash drive not working or is appearing as an empty disk drive, Disk Management reports “No Media” with 0 bytes size

I have a USB flash drive which is no longer recognized by my computer. Windows Disk Management and DiskPart report No Media with no storage space (0 bytes) on the drive and I cannot partition or ...
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White / gray screen on monitor when off ( plus buzzing )

So I picked up a monitor in the department "free bin" and it works great except for two things: When it's off, it displays this white/gray screen -- which I suppose could be the default setting, but ...
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“No Battery is Detected” but battery works

The Question: How do I get my battery to be detected again? My system is dual boot Windows/Linux. On Linux, for a while, the system claimed that the battery was always at 15%. Now, it says there's ...
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Hard Drive Ultra DMA CRC Error Count

I've read every single question related to this topic and really haven't gotten any answers. These suggestions: Try different cable. Look if cable connector is connected good with connector on ...
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Can't find stable drivers for GTX260 - Is it dying?

I have a gtx260 card (this one to be precise http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=116) The issue I'm having is that pretty often the screen goes black and comes back after 1-5 seconds, with the ...
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Is My Monitor Starting To Go?

I've had this monitor for just about 7 and a half years now (it was made in August 2007) and every time it comes back on after my computer has been in sleep mode, it would flicker and now sometimes it ...
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Error 12 on rtl8169sc/tg3269

I have a pci based gigabit tplink tg3269 ethernet card which I am attempting to set up on a P8z77V. I'm getting "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. If you want to use this ...
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Install windows 98 on my PC [closed]

I want to install windows 98 on my PC. But it says that windows 98 is supported by the system. Here are the specifications of the PC Processor - Core 2 Quad 6600 Mother Board Chip set - G 41 Ram - 4 ...
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strategies for sucessful hardware debugging?

I have a build with a obvious hardware error, and I am stumped on how to debug it. system: i5-4690k z97m-g43 2+1GB avexir DDR3-1300 crucial m550 120GB SSD corsair CX500M kubuntu 14.04 (64bit) ...
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Ran power through a USB port- am I out of luck?

I'd like to preface this by saying I'm an idiot. Long story short, I stuck my Acer Aspire V's power cable into one of its USB ports and the computer unceremoniously died. Plugging it in shows no ...
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Memory Issues But memorytest is clean

I got a 16GB system, and lately (I have made no hardware changes lately and no real software changes either) its been doing weird things with crashing and not letting me use all the memory. SPECS: ...
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There is something odd with my CPU

When gaming I get a ton of lag even though a very small portion of my resources gets utilized. I've narrowed it down to my CPU not behaving as it should. It gets extremely hot (80+ degrees). It's not ...
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Blue Screen of Death - My Sony laptop crashes very often

I have a Sony VAIO laptop which is giving me blue screen problem from some days. I thought it might be because of corrupted Operating system, so I refereshed the operating system installation but the ...
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ERROR 2100 HDD0 boot error disk not found windows 8.1

today I started my ThinkPad T400 to do some changes in switchable graphics driver. During installation of driver of internal graphic card bluescreen error occured ...
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my computer wont turn on after installing new ram

I've installed new RAM (Adata Premier PC3-10600 4GB DDR3 1333MHz 240Pin U-DIMM Ram) in my PC. When I power it up, it turns on for two seconds and then shuts down, only to turn itself back on a second ...
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Checklist for new laptop whether it runs as intended [closed]

My new laptop arrives today. My last laptop went funny within a week: The shop allowed me to turn it in for a different one instead of me having to wait a couple of weeks. Now I want to make sure ...
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No sound on both Windows and Linux [closed]

I have a computer with many Windows and Manjaro installed. Everything has worked fine for months. Recently, the sound stopped working on both Windows and Linux. On Windows, the sound manager lists ...
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Different CPU info on Windows and Linux?

I have a (as in factory specs) 3.6 GHz AMD FM2 A8-Series A8 5600K CPU and There is at lease 0.2 GHz difference between hardware reports in Windows and Linux. I was tested on: Win7 ultimate x64 ...
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Mainboard beeping for error but running fine - beep codes corrupt?

I traded CPU, PSU and Graphics Card with a friend. When I took his parts and build my PC everything works fine. When We tried to put my parts in his PC, the Mainboard did a non-ending 2 tone siren ...
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Dell Inspiron 14R 5420 intermittently fails to boot

I have a Dell laptop which sometimes boots and sometimes doesn't. When it boots, it works perfectly normal. However, when it doesn't boot, it doesn't show anything on screen, the light check goes on, ...
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Are desktop PC ports less durable in terms of mating cycles than laptop ports?

I have an HP EliteDesk 800 Mini PC, and I am using it like a laptop in the sense that I take it to and from work every day. At home and at work I have a power adapter, monitor, keyboard, and mouse ...
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Why do some processors have unofficial codes and/or bugs? [closed]

Lately I am writing (or trying) an emulator for the 6502 NES CPU. I am learning many many things, some of them really surprise me and I was wondering what's the explanation for those, in particular, ...
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Laptop unusually slow after being accidentally dropped. Hard drive was replaced but still slow

My laptop—a Dell 1747 i7 laptop—fell from my desk to the concrete floor of my basement office when my son tripped on its cord. As would expect, that was it for the hard disk. Luckily, though, the ...
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Something strange happened to my hard drive

Around 2-3 months ago I discovered my primary hard drive (Western Digital, WD-1002FEAX-00Z3A0) had 1 write error count. I kept checking everyday (I'm serious) if the value was increasing but it didn't ...
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I just assembled my computer and the motherboard started smoking, how do I know which parts are affected?

I was changing my desktop case and after I got all parts together and turned it on, the motherboard started smoking next to the 4-pin power cable (the one that provides power to the processor). I'm ...
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Ruined Surface Pro's USB port

I bought a second hand Microsoft Surface Pro last Saturday, and in only one day I managed to ruin the only USB 3.0 port in the device. I bought a cheap USB 3.0 hub. It didn't work. The HUB had input ...
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How can I troubleshoot why my computer shuts down unexpectedly some time after gaming

I played Shadow of Mordor on optimal settings, the temperatures were good. After I was done playing, the temperatures got back to normal in seconds of course, yet 5 minutes later my computer just ...
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USB flash drive keeps activating 'write protection' by itself. Disarms after unsafe removal

Drive history My 16gb Kingston USB flash drive has been consistently giving problems. Under Windows XP it kept saying 'This storage media is write protected' after copying over approximately ...
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selfbuilt pc shuts down and restarts. 1 long and 2 short beeps

I have built a new pc and I almost finished. When I turn the computer on I starts up but then shuts down again. The beeps I'm getting is 1 long and 2 short which I think is the video card or ...
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Computer crashes first 1-3 times on startup

Whenever I start my computer, the first 1-3 times it crashes when I try to click the start menu in Windows 8.1 or before I even get there. The third or fourth time i reset my computer it works just ...
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POST failure - Motherboard, PSU, GPU or other?

Last night, I was playing Far Cry 4 and had been at it a good hour or two when the sound suddenly broke up and stopped; next the PC switched itself off. It tried to reboot, but keep failing in a ...
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Can it be that two S.M.A.R.T. hard drives die at the same time?

I have a PC with 2 S.M.A.R.T. drives, of different makes and age. Both started complaining about bad sectors this week and finally failed. The PC didn't fall or something. Can it be that it's a ...
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Newly built, very high-spec PC, encountering errors and performance issues

Since building my new PC, it’s been having a load of hard-to-trace issues. However as all the components are pretty much new, I can’t really pinpoint the cause. It’s a fresh install of Windows 8.1, ...
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What do I need to do in order to protect my hardware from electrical damage? [closed]

The Specifics I've just recently started using more equipment. My set-up consists of two external monitors powered by a laptop (15" late 2011 MacBook Pro if that matters). I have a docking station, ...
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is a “Fusion” drive still usable after the flash portion fails?

It seems like with a Fusion drive you now have two separate components that can fail. The MTBF between the SSD part and the spinning part isn't going to be all that different, although the reason for ...
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Recovering data from a fried external hard drive

I've got an old Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive, 500 GB. It’s the kind that needs an AC adapter to power it. It has been sitting in storage for about 3 years when I pulled it out to get the ...
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Brother MFC-J6510DW-No normal Black printing

Frustratingly my printing in Normal plain paper black does not work. It will print on inkjet or matt setting BUT just would not print in normal print paper setting. I tried cleaning using iso-propyl ...