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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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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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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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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Why did my laptop screen go white?

Today I was working on my Samsung NP300E5E Laptop, and the screen suddenly turned white. I tried to reboot, it was still white, I couldn't see BIOS or anything, except it showed the Samsung logo (the ...
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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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Asus N76VM backlight keyboard doesn't work

so i just bought an asus N76VM and the backlit doesn't work, i upgraded to win10 an re-installed all the drivers (atk package, keyboard filter...) and still not working, the keyboard doesnt light up ...
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How to find out whether my graphics card is broken?

About a year ago I build myself a rig, mainly for gaming. Not high end, but still: i5-4460 CPU 8GB RAM nVidia GTX-760 graphics card. Windows 10 Today I was playing a game, when suddenly both ...
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Laptop freezes completely and randomly

I have a custom made laptop with these specifications using the Core i7 option and running Windows 10 Pro. When I first bought it, it had a problem that the screen kept flickering which I told Intel ...
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USB drives not working

I ran a diagnostic that said "USB port check failed" Failure ID 6BV5UF-74981J-MFKR61-8D1U03 Is this fixable? If not is there a way to attach a mouse to HDMI port??? Or convert HDMI port to USB ...
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Laptop stops and starts charging randomly

I have an ASUS laptop and it randomly starts and stops charging without moving the cables. The battery is brand new and seems to be working fine. The DC Adapter is professionally tested and seems to ...
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Need some directions to determine what to check on my Computer

My PC has been lagging badly lately. At first I thought I may have installed bad software or may have been a virus but it wasn't the case. Ultimately I've chosen to reformat my Windows 10 PC and so ...
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Surface Pro 3 Typecover is constantly breaking

Surface Pro 3 Typecover seems to stop responding for random amounts of time. This is getting really annoying because every time I try to use the typecover 7/10 times it breaks. Anyone know a permament ...
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Acer Aspire 1694 not charging

I've a Acer Aspire 1694WLMi and it just stopped working. When the charger is connected, its (the charger) green LED indicator starts flashing repeatedly but there's no life signal from the laptop. On ...
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USB flash drive connects randomly / only sometimes

So this problem keeps reoccurring even on new flash drives, and I can't stand it. I have some usb flash drives, and whenever I try to connect them to my laptop (triple boot, so no OS specific), I have ...
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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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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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Monitor blinking when I plug an audio jack

My Dell Latitude E7440 laptop is connected to a Dell U2312HM monitor like so: laptop -> HDMI-DVI cable -> monitor. Sometimes when I plug or unplug the audio jack from my loudspeakers (brand new ...
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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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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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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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Windows 8 hang on startup and chkdsk /f /r

Trying to fix a friends Lenovo p400 laptop. The drive is a samsung spin point one terabyte drive. The system hangs during booting, will go into system recovery, or the uefi firmware settings screen. ...
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Original cracked laptop screen works. New one goes off after a minute

I have cracked screen on Lenovo S400. With this cracked screen, laptop works as excepted. When I install replacement screen, laptop works for about a minute and then the display goes black. It is ...
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Usb ports connecting and disconnecting

I know this is not the place to ask about hardware problems and solutions, but I can't search on google anymore... I've been for over 24hours searching on google about my problem and trying to get a ...
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Has the hardware in my modem gone bad?

I contacted CenturyLink about my modem recently and received useless and unrelated information. The problem seems to be that the modem will no longer save settings, the web interface is unusable ...
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Wireless Adapter keeps cutting out

Okay, I'm in a situation where my wireless adapter keeps cutting out, maybe after only like 5 minutes of browsing; the more intense the activity, the more chance of a cut out (i.e. multiple tabs ...
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External Hard Disk not showing up

I have a samsung external drive 3TB. The device shows up in the device manager but it wont sow up in my list of drives in My computer. I have to remove it and plug it in about 10 times before it shows ...
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Computer crashed for good

My one-year-old custom PC was crashing when I played Battlefield for 5 minutes or Counter-Strike for 20 minutes. Now it keeps crashing whenever I power it up. (It doesn't loop.) Debugging steps I ...
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Short Circuiting USB Device gives spark

I have a bluetooth adaptor that is not working very well. This is because its range is about 30cm, as the antenna is broken (I have checked with my phone and the bluetooth speaker). As I have had it ...
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water damage keyboard not working correctly

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-AW330J laptop, I spilled water on it over a year ago. At the time when i spilled water on it, I immediately turned it off and let it dry for a week. After a week I tried to turn ...
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Toner light on a Brother 2170W

I've got a Brother 2170W with the toner light on, supposedly meaning the toner is empty. It's not. It doesn't mind that I put in there a new unused toner, an empty toner or a refilled, the light ...
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Extremely laggy touchpad after drop EDIT : After plugging to power source

LOOK at EDIT 4 at first! I dropped my laptop - Acer Aspire 5742z and everything works fine but the touchpad. It looks like touchpad send the information about position of finger every 500 ms or ...
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Why I have to replug my mouse occasionally?

I've got two USB wired mouses (mice?): "Mad Catz R.A.T.7" and "Canyon CNL-MBMSO02". From time to time when I start my computer I find the latter mouse not working. But it starts working if I replug it....
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How do you fix a laptop with a corrupt hard drive and encrypted bios?

I have a laptop with a fully encrypted hard drive. Recently, the drive got corrupted and I am unable to boot up the laptop. The bios is password-protected so I cannot change the boot drive. Is there ...
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Computer's clock not running at correct speed, Trying to diagnose

I built a desktop just over a year ago, and it's been rock solid since then in Linux and Windows. However, two really weird problems have happened over the last few days. When I turned my computer on, ...
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Laptop only displays on external monitor, even after screen was replaced

I have an HP Pavilion G6. The screen (LED) doesn't work, but it displays fine on an external monitor with HDMI or VGA. The screen was obviously cracked so I got a new one. After replacing it, the ...
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My desktop won't boot or turn off, and there's no output - is it an issue with the motherboard or the PSU?

I have a desktop that won't boot, and the monitor doesn't turn on. The weird thing is as soon as you plug the computer, it turns on and then you can't turn it off. There's no light on the board to ...
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MacBook Pro shuts down if no key is pressed

Today, when I tried to turn on my MacBook Pro it shut down while it was booting. I found out that it always happens if no key has been pressed on the keyboard for 10-15 seconds. It also happens in ...
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Electric surge on Magsafe connector

Noticed something very strange today while putting my MBP on charge. Attaching image. Bought the 13" retina MBP last month. I have no idea what it is but I suspect electric surge from incorrect ...
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Fujitsu Hard Drive asking to be formated

I have a Fujutsi hard drive that's requesting to be formatted, but if i cancel the format window it gives me this error "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)". The thing is that I don't want to format ...
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What can cause “Reboot and select proper boot device” other than hard drive issues?

I'm having some weird issues with my computer that I'd be hugely appreciative if someone can help me troubleshoot. Recently, my HTPC will start fine, then after 20-30 minutes it will freeze up and ...
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Dell inspiron laptop failure due to USB

I have a dell inspiron laptop with 8 GB of ram and a 1 TB hard drive. I recently plugged a usb to Robotic arm interface cable from my laptop to the robot. My laptop was in sleep mode, and right when ...
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Multiple hardware failures, looking for a cause

In the last months I've been experiencing multiple hardware failures that cannot be totally unrelated: My prosumer PCI audio card (Delta 1010LT) was randomly not being recognized at startup. I had ...
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How to restore data from a damaged HDD?

I have dropped my laptop accidentally. It had Windows and Linux installed along with GRUB, with Windows located at the beginning of the hard drive and Linux near the end. After that I couldn't boot ...
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Windows 7 black screen, may be a hardware issue

Today my HP laptop suddenly started having the black screen issue: When booting up, after the Windows logo and the "Starting Windows" message, the screen just goes black. I know Windows keeps going ...
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Is my NVIDIA GT 540M having a hardware failure?

I'm using a Sager NP5160 laptop, which has an NVIDIA GT 540M dGPU as well as integrated graphics. I'm dual-booting Windows 7 and Linux Mint. I've recently noticed issues with games not performing as ...
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Repeating Kernel panics and Hardware test hangs in Macbook Pro 15" Mid 2012 (Lion)

Four weeks ago, I got about 20 Kernel panics on my new MacBook Pro 9,1 (15", Mid 2012, i7 2,3 Quadcore with 8GB RAM and 512 GB SSD) with OS X Lion 10.7.5 and all available updates installed. They are ...
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HD read error while booting Linux

I have been dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu on my laptop since the past 3 years and all was working fine until I started getting logs like ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR } ata1.00: error: { UNC } ata1....
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Graphics failures on both linux and windows

On windows, if I allow the system turn the monitors off (due to being idle), about once a week, it will fail to resume. There does not seem to be a pattern to this. On linux (Arch 64, fully updated ...