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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How To Spot/Recognize A Good Repair Shop [closed]

I run a small B2B IT business, but I don't get involved with home computers much. My customers sometimes ask me about fixing their home PC and I don't do that kind of work, but it would be handy to be ...
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Identify and repair/replace faulting component in LCD monitor

At present, I have 4 dead or dying-to-the-point-of-being-useless LCD monitors that I'd like to diagnose and fix. They're all 28" 1920x1200 monitors, of various ages. I seem to go through one every 2 ...
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Where is the log from repairing an Outlook 2011 database?

Where is the log from repairing an Outlook 2011 database? I have a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.6.
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Acer Asphire 5930G automatic shutdown

I have this Acer Asphire 5930G laptop. It is almost 3 years now. But currently it Boots up or Go to Windows but it automatically shutdown within more or less than 5-10 minutes. I already checked the ...
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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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Left arrow key doesn't work after laptop water spill

Today I accidentally spilled a small amount of water on my laptop, Samsung RC-720. I immediately went into panic mode, put laptop upside down and wiped all the water. The laptop didn't shut down, ...
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BSOD and first screen is freeze after reboot [closed]

Today my friend told me that he can't start his PC, he also told that after several minutes of work BSOD is appear. After that I try to start his pc and like my friend said "he worked for several ...
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Non-system disk or disk error, replace and striky any key when ready | Compaq EVO n600c

So I recently ordered a used laptop, it came with 2 HDD's, most likely one bad and one good. But after replacing the bad one with the good on the "Non-system disk or disk error, replace and striky any ...
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Is there a way to automate computer diagnostics

What I'm wondering is if there is a way that you can make a cd that boots up Memtest86, runs it through, and if there is no error, restarts and then boots up a hard drive checker that verifies the ...
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Repair WMI on Windows 7 [closed]

I had a problem with my Microsoft SQL Server 2008, importing data and generating scripts, so I decided to uninstall it. When I tried to remove it, I got an error from the check screen. The WMI ...
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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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Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 1.5TB - Faint Beeping but not recognised

I have a FreeAgent XTreme 1500GB (eSATA, Firewire400 and USB 2.0) external hard disk. The hard drive I have is the same as displayed in the image at ...
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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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Can't insert the big Enter key back into my keyboard

After I missed some beer onto my keyboard, several keys aren't working well now. I justed wanted to clean the Enter key, but now neither me nor my cat can't put it back. God (or Bill Gates whichever) ...
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Manual or guide for replacing the LCD in a Samsung Series 3 notebook?

I cracked the screen on my Samsung Series 3 notebook, model number NP305V5A. I need to find screen replacement directions, or at least generic instructions that could work for this general type of ...
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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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Shortcircuited laptop

I have a Clevo p150hm based laptop (Kobalt), which accidentally got too much wattage it would seem, from a universal charger, that might've had too high settings. There was definitely smoke, and now ...
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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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Can I get the Windows 7 repair CD for free?

I messed up my Windows 7 and I need to run repair, but I don't have the CD. So, maybe it's possible to get just repair thing for free and mount it in USB and fix the Windows?
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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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Ubuntu doesn't start, how to repair its ext4 system-partition?

My netbook crashed while booting Ubuntu (I accidently removed a usb stick while booting) and now doesnt start anymore. It gives the following error and goes into an ash (BusyBox built-in) shell: ...
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Black screen on HP Pavilion DV6000

I'm having problems with my HP Pavilion DV6000 laptop. When I boot it up, the screen goes black. The desktop can still be seen with a flashlight held to the screen though. I replaced the LCD ...
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HP Laptop stuck in reboot cycle (won't clear POST) after BIOS upgrade

I've almost finished rebuilding an HP dv9702ea. The windows/software part went fine. However after that I thought I would update the BIOS with the latest as found on HP's website. It appeared to ...
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How can I troubleshoot a laptop that powers on but has not POST beep?

I have a laptop that is 1 year old and powers on, I can hear the fan running and the num lock and caps lock lights are lit, but the computer never completes a POST beep and absolutely nothing ever ...
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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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Replacing a Macintosh SE hard-drive

I have an old Macintosh SE (the one with the slotted grille in the front) that has been sitting in a closet for years which I would like to spruce up and get it working order. It is complete and did ...
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Loud grinding noise and blurred printouts on Samsung CLP-620ND laser printer

I have a Samsung CLP-620ND printer that has suddenly started making loud grinding noises every time it prints. It also blurs parts of the printouts most of the time as though something is smearing ...
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Wire colors in Targus laptop charger

I have a charger that came with my laptop, which is broken and a Targus APA69 Univeral charger, which is missing the plug. As I am traveling and short on cash, I decided to attempt to splice the plug ...
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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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Average time to first repair for various computer manufacturers [closed]

I remember reading an article on LifeHacker once which compared PC manufacturers based on the average time their computer lasted before requiring a repair. Where could I find such statistics today? ...
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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 can I do when my laptop keyboard starts to die?

I have a key on my built-in keyboard that is starting to die. What can I do to: downright fix it make it better make it easyer to type Any other hints?
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Can a magnet be used to fix an “unformattable” floppy disk?

Sometimes a floppy disk (or other magnetic media like it) won’t read or write properly. Specifically, a format won’t work an gives various errors such as Unable to write track 0 or opening the disk in ...
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Windows emergency repair disk generic?

I wonder if the Windows 7 emergency repair (aka restore) disk is specific for a particular computer, or generic and can be used as repair disk for several computers. In other words, do I need to ...
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Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD: Trying to restore by broken Grub

ello, I am trying to fix my Grub on the live cd of ubuntu 9.10. (i have a backup in ./home/myuser/Desktop) Now, i've got access to the ./home/myuser folder, but now it has two files: 'readme.txt' ...
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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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Laptop Motherboard Diagnosis/Repair (No Power)

I recently got a job (1.5weeks in) as a 'laptop/component repair tech' in a small shop and I'm in over my head. I've replaced/re-soldered AC/audio jacks before and can strip down a laptop to diagnose ...
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Bootable repair tool for Windows, created on OSX/Linux

My friend has an unbootable Windows laptop, most likely a software issue, but in any case I need to run chkdsk and maybe some other diagnostic stuff or otherwise get access to the files. Safe mode ...
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Cannot Format Hard Drive Windows 7

Hi I have a problem in a laptop of mine that suddenly stopped working and keeps on telling me to launch repair Wizard and then restarts again. I am trying to just format the hard drive. I have burned ...
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Windows 7 startup repair failed, but now Windows is running correctly. What happened?

Today when I turned my PC on, Windows told me that there is a problem and the recommended thing to do is a repair. I selected that option and I chose Startup Repair tool, after the first run it ...
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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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How to help my mother reset her Dell because she forgot her sole password on Windows 7

Frustration. My mom asked me to help her pick out a Dell. I advised her to get a Dell Inspiron 17" Notebook with Windows 7 and Office 2007 preloaded. The machine came and she set it up by answering ...