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 powers down during startup

I have seen a few similar questions here but none of them helped me. When I press the power button, the computer starts just fine, the Windows are loading just fine, then heavy fanning (REALLY loud) ...
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hp compaq 8510p laptop starts but no screen display

I am using hp compaq 8510p about 3 years and this problem occurred for the first time. I was using windows 7 and my laptop was working fine. Then I decided to upgrade to windows 10. I installed it. ...
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NIC Died, Got RMA and Died Again, How to Find the Cause?

As the title says, I had an Asus PCE-N15 NIC working smoothly for about a year and a half and then it started acting wonky. What would happen is that I could connect to the network, but the NIC would ...
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How did my “Boot Device Not Found” error resolve itself?

This morning, I turned on my computer and got the "Boot Device Not Found" error. I restarted the PC a couple of times, but the error persisted. I finally restarted the computer and booted off of the ...
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RAID Disk failure - one per day (3ware 9650SE - Seagate Barracuda 3TB)

I have a RAID6 config, with 3ware 9650SE-8LPML card and 6x Seagate Barracuda 3000GB running from early 2012 (May?). Those HDD were quite big for that time. They always made a strange noise when ...
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Computer won't POST after motherboard/CPU being replaced as DOA

I got a bunch of computer parts recently (that's not quite complete, but is pretty much). It's currently plugged together sitting on desk in pieces, the motherboard sitting on its cardboard box, with ...
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Sound Blaster 16 generating static after capacitor replacement

I recently found an old Sound Blaster 16 (model CT2960) in my garage and started messing around with it. It was working perfectly, and a few weeks ago I took it out to try another ISA card. It's a ...
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Hp Elitebook 8440p Wireless Adaptor On No Connection

I recently bought this machine which is currently running 64 bit Windows 7 Professional. There is a touch-screen switch that you manually use to turn the network connectivity switch on and off, ...
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Damaged hard driver data recovery

I have a problem about hard disk. My important data is in the hard drive. But I did so try to recover but not. I did try to connect hard drive with system but could not. There are three ways which i ...
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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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Is old hard drive dead?

So a couple of days ago my 3 year old laptop with win7 was acting up (programs didn't respond etc.) so I've decided to run a chkdsk, however this turned out to be a bad idea since it stalled at one ...
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Stuck at battery animation…erroneously [migrated]

So my LG l86c goes only to the screen with the animation of a battery charging, and only when plugged in, occasionally saying it needs to charge further in order to turn on. If I unplug it, it turns ...
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HDD Failure Connected to Other Problems?

My PC runs Windows 8.1 on an SSD, and I have a HDD as a data drive as well. On Friday night, I got home to my PC was sitting on the BIOS screen. I could immediately see that the HDD was no longer ...
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What is J0, J1, J2, J3 for on this Apple wireless card?

Upon a SSD drive swap I broke one of the cable connectors to this chip and I'm not sure what's broken now. Everything seems to be working. WIFI, Bluetooth and iSight Camera. I have a Macbook Pro 2011 ...
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Determine whether the drive or the DVD adapter is at fault?

Back in April I replaced the DVD drive in my MacBook with a spinning disk using a DVD adapter. Since then I've noticed some odd behavior. I suspect it's the DVD adapter, it's some no-brand, but I'd ...
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Really weird keyboard issue after cleaning it

I cleaned my mechanical kybrd yesterday and some very weird problems have cropped up: i can xev and see that keystrokes for Ctrl w F4 F5 F6 are being generated Ctrl-w doesn't work neither does ...
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Running Windows with defective RAM

Is it possible to run Windows (7, x64) with a defective RAM module? More precisely, is there some way to tell Windows not to allocate a known bad address or block of addresses? For Linux, there is ...
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Is my hard disk dying?

I am using Ubuntu 15.04 and when I check my system health by using dmesg. I got this Yesterday I ran a smart test in the BIOS. This thing was gone. Now today it's back. [15778.852057] ata1.00: ...
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Noisy fan, can it be mechanical?

I have a Dell Latitude E5530. Recently the fan has started making aggressive buzzing noises. Not all the time, but as soon I'm running a Matlab computation or watching a movie - whenever the load is ...
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Are hard drive disks airtight?

I would like to take out an external 2.5" hard-drive (Toshiba MK2555GSXF 250GB SATA) out of its external case (Icy Box IB-AC603A-U3 Adaptor) and place it onto a laptop cooling pad (Zalman ZM-NC1000). ...
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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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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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Increasingly growing vertical lines on my laptop screen (Dell Inspiron 7520 SE)

I've had these 2 vertical lines since yesterday. Their length have doubled since then ! Would someone please help identifying the problem and the solution ? I've had this laptop for around 2 years now ...
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ssd 2 million hour mtbf? how is this proven?

How can this ssd (corsair) have a mean time before failure of 2000000 hours? last time I checked that was in the hundreds of years... From experience even with Computers that don't receive constant ...
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How to find out reason for mce and nmi faults?

I have a server on Supermicro SuperServer 6016T-6F. 2xIntel Xeon e5520 Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-49-generic x86_64) Last time errors ocurred intermittantly - server hangs. Memetest86 is ...
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F5 key stuck on laptop even without keyboard

I'm having a weird problem with F5 key. the system continuously detect F5 key press. If I open web browser,tabs keeps refreshing.Detect keypress even while booting from external USB device(live ...
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MAG lcd screen display disappearing

I have a MAG lcd screen (H-2209A). When I turn it on, I see the image for an instant, then the screen blackens out. When the screen is disconnected from input, I expect a "No Signal" message to ...
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Is it possible to make a laptop behave as if it is working on battery?

Is it possible to make a laptop behave as if it is working on battery, while in fact it would be working on AC power? I have some HW problem with my laptop. It reboots for unknown reason every time ...
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My new motherboard doesn't start

I've purchased the following components for a new machine: Asus Z9PR-D12, Be Quiet! E9-580W 80+ Gold, Intel Xeon E5-2620 2.1 GHz, Crucial 16 GB DDR3 1333 MHz CL9 ECC Registered. I assembled the ...
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Btrfs I/O errors - crappy disks or btrfs fault?

I'm using btrfs for quite a long time, but I wasn't using any more advanced features before. Recently I've moved to btrfs on all drives, on all machines, turned on snapshots, raid and all the cool ...
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Replace (non-raided) drive in raided server

Current setup: ~100gb disk (sda) with 4 partitions: /boot, /home, "system folders", swap 500gb RAID5-array (md0) with 1 partition: /var OS is Ubuntu Server LTS 15.04 on an old hp 32-bit system ...
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FileVault impact on recovery

I am curious to know how FileVault impacts the recovery options in case of a crashed / corrupted hard drive that I can use: Does the fact that a block is not readable would impact more than this ...
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Windows detected a hard disk p⁣roblem — what should I do?

I'm using Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, I'm getting windows error popups like this one for about 3 days, multiple times a day: This Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD502HJ 500 GB is about 2 years old and I already ...
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2 hard disk not working at once

i recently bought seagate 1000 GB SATA hard disk for extra storage, and currently using seagate 500GB SATA hard disk with intel dual core 1.8GHz, intel 945GCPE motherboard, But when connected both ...
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I'm in the US and computer only works when power supply is in 230V position. How do I diagnose this?

So, I replaced a computer PSU about six months ago. And, the computer power down intermittently. I've found: it's not over heating. Monitor shows it running cool. it's not graphics related. ...
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BTRFS RAID10 improperly handling broken device

Today my personal hypervisor experienced a harddrive failure. Plain and simple, one drive completely stopped responding and any attempts to access it resulted in I/O errors: [root@Helium ~]# ...
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What are the common causes of CPU failure?

What are the most common causes of CPU failure? Are there intermediate states between a perfectly functioning CPU and a dead one?
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Copying a failing HDD

My laptop HDD is slowly failing, and I am trying to back up a system image before replacing it. The problem is every time I attempt it, there is an I/O error that stops the whole thing. Basically my ...
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Issues with Microsoft sculpt ergonomic keyboard/mouse

I have a Microsoft sculpt ergonomic keyboard and mouse. When I switch the computer on, it makes a beeping noise and the keyboard and mouse are unusable. I have replaced the batteries and that didn;t ...
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External USB hard drive and risk of internal condensation?

Apparently you can kill a USB hard drive by moving it from a cold to warm environment and powering it up. The killer being internal condensation. Q1: How real is the risk? What kind of temperatures ...
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Computer Freezes Randomly Due to Hardware Problems

My computer has been randomly freezing for about a month. There seems to be no obvious patterns, it can run days or just hours. The problem seems to only occur in my Windows OS, when booted to Linux ...
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I can't start my computer into windows vista

a few days ago, my HP A1709N had to be restored back to HP defaults. When I tried to install SP1 on it, the system said the update failed, then, upon reboot, I got a Blue Screen of death, and can't ...
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Testing hardware in computer that fails to POST

With a computer that powers on and runs its fan, but doesn't get any further, what would be useful troubleshooting steps and diagnostic equipment (if any)? It seems undamaged to look at, and the user ...
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How can one tell if a SATA controller is failing?

Most SATA controller errors exhibit symptoms similar to a hard drive failure, as best as I can tell (read/write errors, operating system stalls, etc.). I'm having exactly those issues but they ...
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Power off the computer every night and hardware life

I want to know if an office computer shuold be switched off every night or not to improve its hardware life. I know that some components like magnetic disks are degraded by reboots, but I cannot ...
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Cause (fix?) of laptop screen flickering when moving lid? [closed]

It is a Sony Vaio NW series laptop, 2009 production. Recently the screen started turning off when you move the lid (the backlight turns off). However if you move the lid forwards slightly then it ...
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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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Disable broken laptop keyboard in Windows 8 [duplicate]

Is it possible to disable the internal Keyboard on my Laptop? I poured Tea over it and now the "M"-key is stuck. I tried a lot and it is far too expensive to replace the keyboard on this old laptop. ...
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“The file Specified is not a virtual disk” Vmware Workstation error when PowerOn

I am using vmware workstation 10.0. When I tried to power on one of my virtual machines I got the error "The file specified is not a virtual disk." I had all my files in that virtual machine only, no ...
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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 ...