Repairing is the process of fixing any sort of problem that arises out of a situation. It usually refers to mechanical or electrical systems as well as any other type of computer or physical infrastructure system.

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One motherboard crashed. Changed and wants to crash again

My computer started to freeze randomly. I was pretty sure it was the hard drive that was starting to fail. Before I could change it, the motherboard was completely dead. I bought the same one and ...
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Fixing bent pins on a CPU

While replacing a mainboard in a desktop machine (see related question), I did something stupid. I inserted the CPU into the new mainboard, but didn't check for the right position. When it didn't ...
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Broken SATA HDD pin

I just bought a hard drive caddy for my Dell XPS 15" (L501X) laptop, but I just broke a pin on my hard drive when trying to install it in the caddy. Pictured here is my HDD and the pin that broke off ...
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Are there replacement cords for USB mice? (of mouse flexibility)

I have a high end mouse and it'd be silly throwing it away or even sending it away for a chance to be fixed in weeks when one could just replace the cord with at most some soldering.
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Bootable Low Level Format Tool

I am looking for a bootable low level format tool, specifically for an old maxtor HDD (ATA). I remember that long time ago I repaired a disk with such a tool, but now, googling i only find Windows ...
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How can I convert and repair MPEG-TS (DVB-S captures) for better playback?

I have a lot of MPEG-TS video files (H.264 video with AC3 or MP3 in a .TS container) captured from a DVB-S capture card. When I play these videos it's much slower to seek in the video (ie. skip 30 ...
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How can I repair a corrupted “find” binary on CentOS?

When I try using "find" on my system, here's what I get: $ find Segmentation fault (core dumped) I assume the binary got corrupted somehow. How can I repair it? I don't have any other installation ...
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Install Windows XP/7 without a CD drive when the BIOS does not support booting from USB devices

I have a computer that has a dead CD drive in it and it seriously needs a new installation of Windows (XP is on it now, but Windows 7 does not sound that bad). At first I tried making a bootable USB ...
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During Vista Repair - No operating system is listed

After a Windows update, my brother's Gateway computer loads to the "Step 3 of 3: 0%" and reboots. Safe Mode does not work. I placed a Vista DVD in the drive, and re-booted. (Note, this is my Vista ...
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Unable to repair an ext4 filesystem with bad superblock

Using the dd command, I was hoping that I would be able to copy over the first 446 bytes from Disk B (250GB) to Disk A (80GB), in order to make Disk A bootable just like Disk B. I issued the command: ...
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Chkdisk on a pre-boot authentication truecrypt drive via VirtualBox

2 drives: 150gb - Linux Mint (not encrypted) 300gb - Windows Vista 64-bit (truecrypt with preboot authentication) I need to repair my windows install (freezes trying to load a system dll, spinrite ...
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What do you put in your computer repair toolkit? [closed]

Most of us "superusers" are regularly asked to fix computers for friends or family. To improve my chances of repairing a PC (or at least recovering important data) on the spot, I would like to ...
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Holding down the power button on a PC while disconnected from power

Many times I would call tech support, and they would say turn off the laptop (take out the battery, hold down the power button, and try turning it back on. I have always wondered what purpose this ...
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total identified windows installations: 0 (missing bootmgr?) WIN7

Using dual boot, I can access my H: (WIN7 boot) drive when I boot to my C: (Win-XP) drive but I cannot boot to Win7 directly. No change in hardware. Been working fine for 2 years. All previous '...
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Repairing traces on motherboard, will it have an effect?

I have an Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z. While installing the standoffs for mounting my waterblock, the pliars slipped and I damaged 3 traces. Scraped it down to the 1st copper layer. The three traces ...
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Desktop PC's DVI-out stopped working

I have a desktop PC with two video outputs — one VGA-out (connected to a monitor), and an extra DVI-out, for which I bought a DVI to HDMI cable to connect to a TV. The cable worked fine after I ...
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How do I repair a mechanical keyboard?

I have several DataDesk Smartboards which I love. Some are starting to go bad (keys repeat inappropriately, don't have any effect, etc.), and this keyboard isn't available new any more. They use ALPS ...
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Recovering a damaged microSDHC

I just bought from eBay a Kingston 32GB microSDHC that was advertised as defective. The seller said that there could be formatting problems or with transfer of large files. Unfortunately, when I got ...
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What are common failure modes of SD cards?

I have a Lexar 1GB micro SD. Neither Windows nor Linux recognizes the device when I plug it in. (The adapter reads other micro SD cards fine.) So I'd like to know what are the most common causes for ...
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I can't activate xp after changing key

I decided to change my XP CD key to the one I just got from MSDN through my school. Since my install was OEM and my new key was retail, I booted to the retail cd, chose my install of XP, and hit R to '...
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Why can't I repair my Windows XP installation? Partitioned [unknown] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME (0x000000ED) on my Windows XP DELL laptop? I have a computer that I need to do a installation repair on. It's running a SATA drive and ...
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What are the essential tools you always have handy when attempting to fix someone's PC?

Specifically, I'm interested in knowing what tools you keep loaded on your thumb drive when asked to deal with a family member or friend's personal computer issue? Off the top of my head, I can think ...
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Windows XP repair messed up my boot

I recently tried to run services.msc and I noticed it had vanished from my hard drive. So I had the great idea of looking up a windows xp cd, booting from it and selecting the "repair existing windows ...
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Repair Ubuntu installation

I accidently uninstalled (apt-get purge) lots of important system stuff, including gnome dekstop and whatever-is-responsible-for-internet-connetion, among other things. Is there any way to repair it? ...
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Why can't I repair my wireless connection?

I have a problem with my wireless adapter that's difficult to pin down. I have trouble accessing several wireless networks -- thankfully not my home one, but virtually everything else (at coffee shops,...
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Repair Windows 7

How can I repair Windows 7? I want to reinstall Windows without losing my applications. Does such a method exist? I am having some issues with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate (see the image below) - I'...
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How can I fix an AVI file from a computer that lost power during recording?

I recorded some video on my PC using a webcam, and got an .avi file. My computer lost power while it was recording, so I can't view the contents of the file. The file is about 4GB in size. The video ...
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Drive letter not appearing after heat-related crash

I recently had my old PC (has 3 physical hard drives partitioned into 6 partitions) off while on vacation. When I came back, I turned it on. I hadn't realized the room was warmer than it usually is ...
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How can I turn off the login theme in Windows 7?

How do I turn off the login theme in Windows 7 so it looks like a Windows 2000/XP plain login screen? Like this:
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How can I further improve the quality of my home videos?

So now that I have found out how to deinterlace my videos, I am wondering if there is other software out there that can further help improve the quality of my videos. Some other problems I have ...
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Fix Windows installation from 2nd boot OS (Linux Mint)

Here is the short story: I have a machine with dual boot Linux Mint / Windows 7. I rarely use Windows but sometimes I just need to boot in W7. So the other day, the W7 OS downloaded some updates and ...
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how can I determine the windows version without booting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I determine the installed edition of Windows XP if the OS does not boot up? I'm repairing a windows installation for someone, where it doesn't boot anymore. ...
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Repairing or retrieving video off a cracked disk

My disk has a thin crack right through the one side. Right around the crack it looks like it has water damage but I'm pretty sure it was caused from the crack. Will tape work for this? If there is ...
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How does the Windows 7 DVD know if it started the PC?

How does the Windows 7 DVD know if it started the PC? The DVD does not read the environment for that, since I already tried that route by editting its environment (batch files) to reflect that of the ...
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Windows Repair Disc - Rollback a driver from Windows Command Prompt? (Windows in evil Update reboot loop)

I think I found the problem to my Windows 7 Reboot Loop when it goes to configure from a Windows Update (it stops at 32%). Even when I choose Safe Mode which says it is reverting the Windows Updates. ...
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Repairing MP4 files?

I have some .mp4 files. Recently they don't work anymore. No matter which players and codec packs I use, the files show as corrupt, damaged, can't render etc. I've also tried using MediaInfo to ...
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Fedora 14 freezes while starting system logger

I'm having trouble starting Fedora 14 on my computer. The startup procedure freezes while starting system logger. Before this started happening, I had formatted one of my logical disk partitions ...
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how to test whether a Windows 2000 registry hive is corrupt

I have an old system that has Windows 2000 on it (yes, I should retire it), that recently stopped booting, with the message "Windows Could Not Start Because the Following File Is Missing or Corrupt: \...
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Repair damaged PSU fan

I knwo this sounds QUITE crazy (not for the techies though). I had a Chieftec 450W PSU which died after I "transported it" to my friend so he can use it afterwards. (Bought a new PSU so I didn't need ...
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How can I repair windows xp when it prompts me to respond and all usb devices are disabled?

I have a computer on which I am trying to do an XP repair. However, the repair "prompts" me with a Window about XP compatibility drivers. The problem is that XP Repair disables the USB devices that I ...
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Bluray LightScribe drive slowly dying - any recommended fixes?

I'm getting sporadically functioning Bluray drive in my HP DV5T laptop. Anybody have any ideas that I could use to get it working again, short of replacing it? Here is the history I tried with it ...
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Repairing a Windows 7 installation with different install disk

Can I safely use a Windows 7 Ultimate disk to repair an installation of Windows 7 Professional? The details: I'm trying to use Virtualbox to set up a Windows 7 Professional guest VM on a Linux host ...
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windows 7 failed to repair

I need to do a repair in a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit installation. I disabled antivirus. Inserted installation CD - Pressed install - Selected "Go online to get the latest updates for installation"...
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Computer hobby and more? [closed]

I have been a fulltime student recently working on graduate work to complete a graduate degree. While continuing my studies I have maintained my computer hobby. However, recently my computer hobby has ...
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NTFS recovery (for Linux if possible) (similar to ReiserFS rebuildtree)

I had a broken disc with a 40GB NTFS partition and was able to recover most of it. I only lost about 2.5MB at about 20 different places. Now, when I mount it under Windows, I am not able to access "...
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Windows XP Boot Issue - Diagnosing A Hard Drive Failure

My five-year-old HP desktop running Windows XP SP3 wouldn't boot from the hard drive yesterday afternoon. I would see the boot sequence begin, then nothing but a black screen. Fortunately, I had ...
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How can I create a shortcut to Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features repair for "Apple mobile device support?

I've had ongoing problems with iTunes not recognizing my iPhone, after numerous uninstalls and reinstalls and a bit of other trouble shooting I've found the easiest option is to exit iTunes, unplug ...
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Cancel or recover crashed repair / upgrade (innovation) install (phase 0) on Windows XP Pro SP3

I had some errors and problems in Windows, so I tried automatic repair from Windows. That failed and I get error: Internal Setup Data Structures are corrupted(phase 0) I searched the net, ...
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Fixing western digital external hard drive?

Alright, yesterday I was in my Linux box copying some data, it finished, I went away for a while and came back, it finished copying the data but the LED kept moving on, so I had to force a shutdown. ...
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Diagnosing intermittent bootup Windows 7 hang after POST/BIOS screen

Hey guys, was given a laptop to fix since I'm apparently a tech guy or something. First thing to note that makes this annoyingly more challenging than it should - the installation is in another ...