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

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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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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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Screen occasionally flashes black

A few months ago I bought myself a new computer. Since then the monitor have been occasionally flashing black for a second or so, and I've been looking for - and failing to find - a solution. Will ...
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No sound on both Windows and Linux [on hold]

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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My computer freezes irregularly

My computer started to freeze at irregular times for 3 weeks now. Please note that this question change with each things that i try. (For additional details) What happens My computer freezes, the ...
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Checklist for new laptop whether it runs as intended [on hold]

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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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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new graphic card ati infinite reboot [closed]

i've just bought a new graphic card (ati hd 7850) replacing an old 4870. So, after replacing the graphic card and booting, screen stays black for like 10s then reboot and reboot again. Before even ...
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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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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" ...
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P8Z77V built in ethernet fails with Code 10

I have an Asus P8Z77-V motherboard with a built in intel 82579V adaptor. For some odd reason its being detected as 82579LM. I'm running windows 8, and the system worked properly before. Its a known ...
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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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Machine check exception - how to read and understand it?

My computer acts strange - sometimes reboots spontanousely, sometimes does not want to boot. When I isse command "mcelog", I receive such info: HARDWARE ERROR. This is *NOT* a software problem! ...
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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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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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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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Flickering horizontal static lines in display

I have Dell Inspiron 15 Intel N5050 laptop around one year old.When I started my laptop yesterday I saw Flickering horizontal static lines in display and it seems continuously at present time. What's ...
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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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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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Hardware errors too frequent or expected?

We have a small linux/Xeon cluster at work, and lately several hosts have rebooted on their own. The maintenance team saw errors in /var/log/mcelog and replaced the memory in one host today. I decided ...
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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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asus k45vd screen off fans and led workes fine

there is a k45vd asus laptop that hade hdd problem so it wont start windows and constantly restart fan start and gets warm ,some times bios options shows and there was nothing wright i disabled uefi ...
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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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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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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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Synology: SMART status is abnormal but no errors shown

I have a Synology DS509+ NAS that is showing an "Abnormal" S.M.A.R.T. status for one of its drives: However, there seems to be nothing wrong with the S.M.A.R.T. test results: So, what's going ...
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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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Computer won't start up. Stuck on Lenovo splash screen. Help Diagnose

I have some (I'm not sure exactly what model) Lenovo 21" IdeaCentre. Honestly, the computer works off and on. I have had problems with it not being able to shutdown, which I fixed. The fan seems to be ...
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Is there any hardware devices can do similar things similar to linux DRBD

Is there any hardware solutions can do network replication? Similar to DRBD , i want a linux OS which installed on a harddisk that can realtime replicated to another harddisk.
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workstation making contineous beep noise

Our silicon mechanics workstation (don't know the exact model, I am guessing it is purchase 5 years ago, The model is either superX8DA3 or super X8DAi according to the manual I found on top of this ...
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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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No drives to choose while formatting

I was trying to format my friend's computer and when we came to the point where we have to choose which drive to install windows on, there was no option to choose from, i.e there were no drives ...
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How will single-bit memory error affect Linux?

I'm rebuilding a three-year-old AMD Athlon 5000 system which has an "ASRock NF7G-FullHD" motherboard with 4 memory slots, labeled "DDR2 800", said to have RAM capacity 8GB total. Besides 550W PS and ...
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Do I have a mechanical failure or a PCB failure?

In reference to a question I asked earlier today, I switched from Recuvra to HDD Regenerator 2011, with better results. The tool has been running for 11 minutes now, and it has recovered 18 bad ...
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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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Is it possible to get a chain burnt of processors/mb?

The problem is as follows: I just got my dad's computer and have (had) a bunch of MBs, AM2 processor standing out. His AGP slot had some problems and the computer refused to start with a video card ...
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What is the safe temperature limit for a consumer SATA hard drive?

Background My personal desktop system at home has 5 SATA drives racked up inside. Recently my system started failing in odd ways like random kernel panics and I eventually traced it to random ...
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“Missing” Realtek 8111E adapter on Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3

I have had my newly built PC for about 1½ month. Main spec GA-P57A-UD4-B3 Intel i2600K 16GB Kingston DDR3 GTX560Ti Intel 320 40GB SSD 1TB Western Digital Corsair Power Supply 600W CX At first I ...
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“Weak bits” test for flash drive?

Flash memory has a limited number of write cycles. In a recent question, @Rsya Studios discussed problems with reads affecting neighboring bits, which is correctable up to a point. Neither of these ...
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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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CHKDSK finds no errors but drive keeps on failing

So here is the problem: I have an external disk that I use to store all the archived data, e.g. photos, movies, etc. The drive is formatted as NTFS, and checking the Disk Management tool from the ...
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External HD Damaged During File Transfer

A friend was exporting a project from Final Cut Pro when his external drive containing this HD was disconnected and is no longer accessible. He was using a mac and the drive is formatted for Extended ...
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Hard Disk head stack trouble [closed]

P.S: it's maybe stupid, and maybe duplicate question. If it's so sorry. I have a problem with my Hard Drive (SATA III). Shortly and simply I explained my problem in this link. I searched this on ...
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Are SSD's really reliable enough for power users?

TL;DR (though please read my full experience before jumping in with a quick answer.) A power user performs a certain amount of write cycles. Does an MLC SSD drive support enough write cycles to last ...
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Slow computer. Used to be fast [duplicate]

Ok guys my last question was flagged so I will try to be more specific. I bought a computer 3 years ago that a friend of the family built for me. He seems to know what he is doing so he built it ...
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How can I diagnose a laptop that wont boot to BIOS? Is it possible to fix? [closed]

My laptop (running Ubuntu 13.10) recently stopped booting (no BIOS screen, nothing) after a few tries, it booted into a screen that said GNU Grub. Not knowing what this was, I restarted and now it ...