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

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Sudden bluescreens when interacting with the Steam platform

I recently made a build for a friend and things are running great, except he always gets bluescreens that indicate a hardware issue when interacting with the Steam platform. Bootscreens often occur as ...
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Put computer to sleep, leave for 2+ hours, come back and its shutdown and won't turn on

I built my computer maybe 5 months ago, and it has been running fine up until a couple of weeks ago when I had it in suspend, and then it decided to shutdown and wouldn't turn back on. So I tried ...
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How can I deactivate bad RAM regions on a Macbook Pro (Retina 13")? [migrated]

Is there a way to deactivate bad RAM regions on a Macbook Pro Retina 13"? I was not able to update my Mac to OS X 10.10.3. Complete reinstall was also not successful. I ran diagnostics and memtest86, ...
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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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Graphics card possible power issue

I had an nVidia GTS 8800 that stopped working suddenly. I thought the card had just died so I purchased a Sapphire Dual-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 card to replace it. The new card does not work either. ...
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Install ubuntu on ssd disk fail

I have just bought a SSD to update my old laptop. However I cannot install lubuntu on it, it stops and keeps repeating the same messages ata3: hard resetting link ata3: SATA link up 1,5 Gbps (SStatus ...
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What can be done to diagnose a computer when nothing works? [on hold]

Something happened on its own while I was at work yesterday: nothing goes out from the video card, there's even no juice going out the USB ports. The fans and the hard drive are on. But nothing else ...
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PS/2 keyboard stopped working

I have a Rosewill PS/2 mechanical keyboard on my main PC, used it for a little over a year now. Every so often, for seemingly no reason Windows would stop recognizing the keyboard. This while computer ...
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Monitor blinking when I plug an audio jack

My Dell Latitude E7440 laptop is connected to a Dell U2312HM monitor like so: laptop -> HDMI cable -> HDMI-DVI adaptor -> monitor. Sometimes when I plug or unplug the audio jack from my ...
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Is it a PSU or motherboard failure? Or something else?

My desktop computer suddenly stopped working today. When it happened, the fuse in the house was also knocked off. After switching it back on, I tried to turn the computer back on but nothing happened ...
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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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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Does boot properly and emits a lot of beeps [closed]

My PC has been working fine for more than a year but recently it simply stopped booting. When I press the start button the fans start spinning but instead of booting I get a long series of beeps and ...
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What are the common causes of Hard Disk malfunction? [closed]

I have a problem with my Hard Drive (SATA III). Shortly and simply I explained my problem in this link. I searched this on internet, so in some forum topics I read your HDD dead, or some in topics ...
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How to recover data from dead disk? [closed]

I just dropped my disk and it doesn't spin anymore when connecting. Unlucky me - it's a backup disk - and I need the data. I did try to find a service but they are really expensive and outside my ...
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my power supply died dramatically; is it safe to simply replace it? [duplicate]

my power supply died last night rather spectacularly: blue sparks, popping sounds, a smell of burning plastic. the computer shut down, then tried to start itself up again, and sparked and popped some ...
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Gaming keyboard G265 not responsive and backlight keeps flashing

My new Genius G265 gaming keyboard is not responsive and keeps flashing the backlight. In Windows I hear repeating ding sounds as if I removed the keyboard and plugged it back in. If I manage to turn ...
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Recover specific files from a damaged hard drive

I'm trying to recover some 3-5GB of NEF files which were not yet backed up at the time of the crash. This is a 418GB ext4 partition and when mounted with -o ro,noload I can list the directory where ...
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Computer randomly reboots [duplicate]

I dont use this particular computer often (sometimes go a month without use) but recently it keeps randomly rebooting, at ANY time. Sometimes it will reboot multiple times before it even posts. ...
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Notebook only works without Hard Disk

i'm having some troubles with an old Toshiba notebook. Like 2 months ago it stopped working and it only loads the BIOS and then nothing happens. I tried formatting it, but the same happens, it doesn't ...
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Some Reaccurring Static

I put together a PC around Christmas last year. The graphics card (http://www.ncix.com/detail/gigabyte-radeon-hd-r9-270x-b1-90924.htm) always seemed a little finicky, and eventually degraded into ...
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Smart values drop to 0 then comes back up

Acronis Drive Monitor has been sending me the following (email) alerts Disk health has fallen below the warning threshold. Current health: 59% Warning threshold: 70% By the time I open ADM, disk ...
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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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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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Hard drive is failing?

Heard some clicking from my Sager NP8652 a few days ago and thought it might've been an HDD issue. Ran CrystalDiskInfo earlier today, and I got these results: About 12 hours later, here I am with a ...
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My pc screen has gone mental, any ideas?

My screen used to have this issue a couple of months ago, then it faded. Now it came back again. If I squeeze the sides or move it agggresivly it will be normal again. But when I remove my hand it ...
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HP Laserjet 2300L paper jam

I just finished installing a roller kit into our printer and now when it first starts up, I can hear paper being picked up from tray 2 and it gets fed into/under the registration plate. This is ...
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HP Pavillion dv6 laptop - 15 beeps on startup and a black screen?

Usual story - girlfriend's step-brother's laptop is broken. I don't know a huge amount about what occurred before it broke, but I do know the following: When you try to turn the laptop on, it beeps ...
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How can I recover dead SSD drives?

I haven't lost any mission critical data or anything, but I have in my possession a large number of SSD 2.5" drives that were pulled for unreliability or being "dead". I am curious if there's any way ...
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MOBO turns on when power connected, and black screen

So whenever I connect my motherboard to power, the fans and LEDs turn on without me pressing the power switch. In fact, I can't turn it off even by holding down the power switch. It even powers on ...
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Stange experience in my laptop of certain keys not working

I actually asked this in HP support forums and their Customer Service Rep., but no one knows whats going on.So, I am throwing open this question here , esp. so that some Geek Squad guy, who has seen ...
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Bios Doesn't See HD, But HD Known to be Good

I have an Asus Eee PC 1215B, whose hard drive I replace about 8 months ago after the previous one died. It had a 250GB SATA 3.0 drive which I cloned to a 500GB SATA 6.0 drive. After 8 months of ...
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How to fix my laser printer failing to print certain areas?

I recently acquired a used HP LaserJet M1217nfw MFP. When I print the demo page from the settings menu, certain areas of the page fail to be printed. It looks sort of like white stripes through the ...
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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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Windows 7 recycle bin is damaged after an abrupt drop in electric current

I always use an inverter when using my computer, but it does not support any abrupt break in electric current. So my computer—running Windows 7 Integral Edition—suddenly powered off. Then when I ...
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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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Why can I view my data in TestDisk but not otherwise? How can I recover the hard drive?

A few days ago I was working on my computer and my hard drive decided it was time to say goodbye; the screen froze, and when I tried booting my computer it failed. I take the drive out, put it into ...
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Computer restarts repeatedly after BIOS/Motherboard screen

Every morning I turn on my computer—which is relatively new—and I never had any issue with it until now. It starts booting, shows that very first screen which has some motherboard picture, then it ...
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Media test failure, No boot device found, Works if start laptop again on a Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520)

It’s 3rd time, I'm starting my Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520) laptop and it’s showing this error. Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Series v2.41 (06/08/11) PXE-E61: Media test ...
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Can loose metal piece cause unclean shutdown?

A laptop I administer has recently been suffering from random unclean shutdowns when it is moved around. Not every time, perhaps once every 3-5 days, but still annoying. I finally got around to taking ...
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CPU turns on then off if pins not removed

My computer's power on button's no longer working so my friend rewired it to use the restart button as a power on button. I don't know what happened but suddenly when I try to turn the computer on, it ...
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Troubleshoot possible dead motherboard or PSU on 2 PC

I have a problem with 2 computers. Both are completely dead and don't respond when clicking the Power button. The computers worked fine for about a year ago, but hasn't been used since. I suspected ...
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Unable to shutdown, who to blame?

My PC has always suffered from this problem: upon reboot, the power, instead of staying up and running until BIOS POST, most of the time (but not always, and that's why I don't think this has never ...
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Drives not working after failed factory reset of NAS?

I got an old ReadyNas 1100 that had 4x500GB drives from start. One gave up so there were 3. I thought I should by some upgrade disks and went ahead and bought 2x2TB. Now begin the dream. I just ...
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What is the function/purpose of the pinhole on the battery of a Samsung Series 5 ultrabook?

Some background (not entirely relevent to main question): I can't find my specific model of laptop online but it has all the same specs as this excluding the touchscreen: http://bit.ly/18netZQ It's a ...
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computer freezes 5 - 10 minutes after boot

I am running Windows Vista, for 3 years I have had no problems, not one. Now - after the second reformat I have ever done on it, it freezes after a seemingly random amount of time after boot. It ...
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Network connection breaks again and again?

My PC sometimes disconnects from the network. By disconnecting I mean without any possible reason. My system shows no error in network, no problem with the router and how do I know its only my PC ...
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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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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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Internet-connection not working properly on one of my computers (even after format)

All of a sudden my Internet-connection started acting strange: sites wouldn't load properly (didn't load all data, leaving the page to be unfinished, images would be strange-looking), some clients, ...
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Cannot initialise HDD keep getting I/O Error…?

I'm in a very odd situation that I think the HDD is toast... but I need a second opinion because I've tried just about everything I know and it will not kick into life. that makes matters even worse. ...