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

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Pen-drive / USB-Drive not working after installing ubuntu in it

I put in ubuntu in pendrive and made pendrive bootable by unetbootin. Now the pendrive doesn't work anymore due to that, it is not opening, when I put in windows OS, it doesn't show its total space ...
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How do I know when my on-board ethernet is dead? (Realtek 8112L LAN controller w/ AI NET2 )

So I have an ASUS P7P55D-E Pro motherboard. It has an on-board Realtek 8112L LAN controller w/ AI NET2. I suspect that my LAN controller is dead but I don't really know for sure. This is what I know ...
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Computer crashes while playing games. CPU seems to go above rated GHz

I recently started seeing my computer freeze for a second or 2 every now in then when I’m playing games on about full load. This never used to happen and now it is concerning. It does it pretty often ...
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Random Reboots on a Windows 8.1 Custom Build

I have a Windows 8.1 custom PC that I built about 6 months ago. It worked great for several months with no problems, but about three months ago it started to reboot randomly. My computer works fine ...
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My PC has started shutting down on its own

In the past month I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to W10. It all went well but now my PC has been shutting down on it's own. In my honest opinion, it can't be hardware since it has been happening since ...
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A few of my Toshiba laptop keys stopped working

Some of my Toshiba laptop automatically stopped working. Right now I am using a wireless keyboard and all keys work on it. I wonder if it is something I did accidentally in the bottom "Find" space.....
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External Hard Drive Problems in Event Viewer

I'm using a Western Digital My Passport Ultra (2TB) 1.5 years ago and I've recently been seeing a lot of problems with this external drive in event viewer. So far, whenever I connect this to the ...
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New build keeps crashing

I recently build upgraded my computer with new mobo, CPU and ram. I kept the same PSU, GPU (GTX 670), case and drives. The new parts are i5 6600k, z170x gaming 5, and 16gb ddr 4 corsair vengeance. Os ...
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How to diagnose my computer's issue?

I have a serious problem here, my desktop suddenly shutdown. I was testing my HDD and I found that it has some bad sectors, so I bought a new one: WD GREEN 500gb. After that everything went right, ...
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Ideapad 100-14 screen shows white lines then turns white/negative

I bought a Lenovo Ideapad 100-14 just five months ago (it's running Windows).  I have a problem with my screen that started just last week.  Whenever I use it, the screen begins to show these white ...
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Mechanical harddisk defect causing system troubles - SATA

So I hope this question won't get mark as too broad, as I really want to get familiar with the deeper related issues. Background: A friend of mine has troubles with a broken system harddisk, after ...
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5 Beeps; Is it a Hardware Breakdown?

My PC shows up an OC fail error everytime I start it up and i used to continue to Windows without actually looking for the error. Today, it has stopped working, it boots up and then on a blank screen ...
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GPU Fan is not spinning continuously

I have NVidia GTX 550 Ti in my desktop computer. Today, while I was working on the computer, my monitors went off (I work with dual monitors). After a while, I have recognized that my GPU fan does ...
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PC power cuts out ranomly

My PC power keeps cutting out. Sometimes after hours of being switched on and sometimes during booting. I've changed the PSU and the hard drive and after a while it starts happening again. I've ...
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Blinking Desktop LCD Screen

I have Blinking Desktop LCD Screen I managed to find on the net that the problem is the backlight (LEDs). I disassembled the LCD. It look like this: Is their anything that I can do to fix my ...
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old hard drive: interpreting smartctl output

I have been getting numerous e-mails from the 'smartd' daemon with Subject: 'SMART error (CurrentPendingSector)' saying that The following warning/error was logged by the smartd daemon: Device: /...
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HP Pavilion P6210Y [Pegatron M2N78-LA Motherboard] will NOT detect replacement Western Digital 640GB SATA Hard Drive

I'm working on an HP Pavilion P6210Y (Pegatron M2N78-LA motherboard) that's hard drive has crashed. The issue that I'm running in to is that for some reason the computer absolutely REFUSES to detect ...
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How to solve instant pc shutdown

My pc has an instant shutdown problem in different times. Sometimes when i am playing a game, sometimes i am develping web applications on Visual Studio, sometimes just browsing the web. It hangs and ...
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Why did my hard drive shrink?

I rebooted a computer yesterday and had a strange thing happen: When I had booted it back up, one of the hard drives was about a megabyte smaller. I have four 3 TB hard drives in this computer, in ...
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New Motherboard doesn't POST? Can't seem to solve the beep code puzzle

I just purchased an MSI 970A-G46 to use with an AMD FX processor I already had. I also got 8GB of DDR3 RAM to go with it and a 120GB SSD. I hooked it all up and put in the graphics card from my old, ...
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Need to pinpoint the source of my laptop's overheating that led to physical melting of the touchpad

Alienware M17x R3 (released in 2011) I opened my laptop lid to find strange marks that looked as though an interior piece of the laptop overheated and melted the exterior. The melted area is near the ...
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Is there a way to solve this graphics issue myself? (Possible faulty graphics card, boot failing sometimes, artifacts on screen)

It seems that there is an issue with the graphics of my laptop - sometimes it won't boot, when it does there are artifacts on the screen that make it impossible to use. I've piled up quite a number of ...
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Cooling fan starting to give up; should I disconnect it while I wait for the replacement fan to arrive?

One of the cooling fans in my PC (there are several) is starting to give up. I think it might be the bearings that are giving up, but whatever the cause, every several minutes, it visibly slows down ...
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Which part of my computer is broken/destroys graphics cards? [closed]

A few days ago my graphics card broke showing weird ASCII signs after BIOS messages (text from GRUB menu displayed as random rare ASCII signs)and a screen full of quotes: A second graphics card ...
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How to get rid of ata3 errors when Lubuntu boots (and wakes up from sleep)?

For some time now, whenever my laptop (which runs Lubuntu 15.10) boots up or wakes up from sleep, it throws tons of ata3 disk errors for several hours. My system is usable - I am able to log in to the ...
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Should i use an old PSU for my new PC?

I have an old Antec Quattro 850w power supply which already has 6 years. I used the PC that this PSU was installed like 2/3 hours every day for 6 years, mainly for gaming. I have a tight budget for ...
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Caught in crash loop trying to install Windows or Ubuntu

I recently built a PC with the following components: Board: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0 GHz CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX (...
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Compaq Presario CQ71 no power - power LED lights up briefly when plugged in

I have a Compaq Presario CQ71 which will not power on. When plugging in the charger, the LED turns on for about 10 seconds, and then turns off, no other lights turn on. Nothing seems to be happening ...
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Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse: Are the batteries dying, or does the device have a hardware failure?

I have a Logitech M705 wireless mouse. I'm first time using a wireless mouse, so I don't have much experience with the hardware features and behavior. It is rated that it runs for 3 years with the ...
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Why have 3 external HDDs failed after a few hours of use?

I have purchased 3 HDDs in the past month and every time after copying about 1.5TB of data on to them they fail. The first 2 HDDs were Samsung 4TB drives and the third one is a Seagate Expansion 4TB. ...
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how can I figure out what is wrong with my system

I have a laptop that is running vista. its a compaq with 2gb ram 1.7ghz single core processor...as of lately it does not want to run anything right...if I download a file on it the system will not ...
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How do I diagnose a PC that broke after connecting to a phone via USB 3?

TL;DR My PC won't turn on after I connected it to my smartphone via USB 3. Something smells burned on my phone's end, but otherwise it appears to be fine. How can I tell what part of my PC is broken? ...
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Error notebook samsung np300e4c Boot menu is empty

I have my notebook Samsung NP300e4c. When turned on yesterday it shows me a picture with the list of boot options menu and app, but the list of boot I get empty !!!! Entering BIOS recognizes my ...
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Thinkpad T520 with sudden power cuts

I have a Thinkpad T520 running on Linux Mint 17. Once in a while (once a month) it has a sudden power cut, i.e. laptop switches off suddenly (it does not shut down properly) I can hear the heads of ...
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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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Black screen on boot up no Bios screen

After starting the computer the only thing that appears on the screen is a short white line which looks a bit like a cursor except it's not blinking. There was no indication of any trouble when I ...
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New computer turning off by itself after some seconds

I bought a new computer and I'm having some troubles. Here are the specs: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 CPU: AMD FX Series FX-8350 4.0Ghz Watercooling : Enermax Liqmax II 120S RAM: Ripjaws ...
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR3: which disk corresponds in Computer Management?

In Windows 10 64-bit, I went to Event Viewer saw this error: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR3 I looked in Computer Management > Disk Management, but not sure which ...
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Hard Drive Error

Hello please look at error log below and suggest me solutions. I am using Fedora 23, I am getting this error while installing or updating and package. so my log from "/var/log/messages" is... May 27 ...
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How to install Linux/Windows with bad RAM

I have a sub-notebook (Sony VAIO SVP) where Windows boots to a BSOD. By now, I have found out that the RAM has some errors. Since RAM, CPU and FlashDrive are solderd to the board and the warranty has ...
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Retrieve data from possibly broken HDD [duplicate]

My younger sister accidently dropped my Inspiron n5010 from her lap. Since then whenever I try to boot it I get this - A disk read error occured. My first guess was a broken HDD, so I used a ...
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Ubuntu - Checking whether a harddrive is unpartitioned, runs an OS, or just a data disk?

I dug up an old harddrive and I want to see what's on it. I don't remember if it was ever partitioned, or if it runs windows, or if it's just a backup disk. Here is what I've done: Plug in disk, ...
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HDD not detected whenever first power on (detected at BIOS level)

I am using Asus P8H61-M LX Motherboard with latest version of BIOS: 4401 One SATA-3 Western Digital Black Series 1.5TB is attached to SATA port 0 A Samsung 22x DVDRW SATA drive attached to ...
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How can debug the computer freezes

I have PC with Win10 OS my problem was in windows when it freeze the system immediately reboot itself. i search about memory dump files in %SystemRoot% directory but nothing there. I reinstalled the ...
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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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Harddrive suddenly got really slow

My computer has multiple hard drives. The one I am asking about has my Steam games and backups of websites I built for work. Last night I noticed my Steam games got really slow and was frequently ...
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Did my graphics card (GPU) burn out?

My PC is (well, was, actually) running an NVIDIA GTX460 2GB graphics card manufactured by Asus. Yesterday I was playing some League of Legends when all of a sudden my screen froze and became filled ...
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UPS doesn't work on off-grid solar power system

My APC 350 UPS worked fine when plugged into standard utility company power in the States. Now it's being powered by an off-grid solar power system in Central America, using 120 volt power from a ...
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Can data on a hard disk degrade without Windows warning me that this has happened when I attempt to access the data?

Is it likely that a physical degradation of a hard disk could cause bits to 'flip' in file contents without the OS 'noticing' and telling you about it when reading the file? e.g. could a 'p' in an ...