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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Which Linux LiveCD is best in general use for fixing windows boxes?

Story: At our University, the tech help desk is decidedly low-tech. Virus outbreaks are frequent and users, of course, haven't backed up. Recently I pulled out a Linux LiveCD (Mint 8 for the curious) ...
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How to create a PC toolkit on a single CD for windows 7 32 or 64bit? [closed]

It is my first time creating a toolkit and I do not know how to start. The purpose is to make it diagnose faults, tune the PC and record or backup data from windows PC with no hardware errors that ...
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Windows 7 Repair using installation DISK say 0 MB on the system drive

Last Night due to some reason or so my laptop with windows 7 SP 1 64 Bit crashed. I get the blue screen every time I try to boot in. So I decided to repair it using the Installation media. Now , I am ...
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How do I repair a broken .mov (QuickTime) file?

I have a video file (.mov > QuickTime) which was recorded with a VHoldr ContourHD camera. One of the problems with this camera is that when the battery dies, it doesn't terminate the video file ...
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UPS will work on power but not battery

I have an old APC Back-UPS 200 I'm hoping to use for my PC. Connected to power it works fine. When unplugged it emits a "i'm on battery power" constantant tone. The 2 plugs on the back are not ...
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How to troubleshoot a computer not booting up when powered on?

I can turn on my computer and sometimes it will boot up just fine. After a while of use, days or even a week, when I try to turn it on, it powers up, in that the fans spins up, the power indicator ...
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How to extract corrupted RAR files

I try to extract a file from set of .RAR parts. I always get the following error: Corrupted so I tried many programs to extract the corrupted RAR files. I have 10 parts, each one 400MB big. The ...
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How long should “searching for windows installations” take?

The computer booted today and sat forever on the Starting Windows screen. Finally put in the Windows 7 Home Premium install disk and chose the repair option. It listed the Win7 OS, which I chose, but ...
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How to cancel Windows 8 drive repair

Windows detected an error on one of my nonessential drives in my desktop PC. It said it needed to reboot to fix the errors, so I rebooted and it started scanning the drive. However it is taking a very ...
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Startup Repair with CD

Google doesn't seem to give any clear answers to this. I have a broken Windows XP install which I need to repair. I have the CD. When I boot from the CD, I do not get an option to press R. I only get ...
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Removing dvd drive and bay covers from a Asus Essentio CM6850

I recently picked up an Asus Essentio CM6850 (click the link to see the case I'll be referencing) from Best Buy and really like it. I recently upgraded to a 650w power supply and a Asus Geforce GT 560 ...
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Legality of using a burned CD with a legal CD-Key? [closed]

I have a friend that keeps a collection of burned Windows CD's; 2000, XP, Vista which he uses to repair peoples computers with. Now he justifies this by saying he uses the CD-Key on their OEM sticker ...
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Windows 7 x64 - Short Circuit Reboot

Since a few days ago, my computer has been rebooting out of nothing. It started when I was working behind Microsoft Office Word 2010, doing a project. When it reboots, it's like someone pulls the plug ...
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What exactly is a disk repair?

More specifically, when referring to MTTF, MTTR, and MTTDL I understand the disks sometimes "fail" so I was wondering what really constitutes a "disk repair"? And also, does anyone know what a repair ...
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Reindexing Quicktime file … how?

I have a video file (.mov > QuickTime) which was recorded with an HD camera. One of the problems with this camera is that when the battery dies, it doesn't finalize the video file correctly... which ...
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My pegasus R6 - my Mac says it requires repair

My Mac says my Pegasus R6 disk is corrupt and not repairable Downloaded utility and updated to recent firmware - still not able to fix
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Mobile connected to pc, and Windows asked for repair. Now, the “Camera” folder is gone and lost my 3 years photos

Today, I connected my Nokia 5230 mobile using data cable to PC, as Mass Storage Device. When connected, Window(win7) showed a popup saying that there are some issue with the device and asked me ...
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I smashed my laptop screen — what can I do?

I dropped my laptop on the kitchen floor (it's tiled!) and now the screen is smashed completely. I have taken desktops apart before and know what I am doing, but when I learned about it I was told to ...
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Part of the power connector broken and stuck inside laptop power jack - how to fix?

I have a Samsung ultrabook (the Apple-clone type that is not easily customizable and looks like it was made out of one part) and the insulating (wider part, not the actual center pin wire that carries ...
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Windows vista sfc /scannow unable to repair

After noticing that a computer I use at work - running an up-to-date Windows Vista - started freezing randomly I ran some tests and ended up with doing a sfc /scannow. This results in three files ...
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Repairing-without-formatting a Read-Only/writeprotected USB drive

I've got a 32gb USB 3.0 thumbdrive and it's been acting up on me as of late. Most of the time I could just unmount and remount it on my Mac's main partition and viola, it'd be working again. However, ...
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Preparing Automatic Repair appears out of nowhere & takes forever?

I shutdown my work machine (Windows 8.1 Pro) without any errors appearing (and without installing any new software and especially no new drivers the last couple days) yesterday evening, turned it on ...
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How to reinstall Windows MBR with no Windows listed?

There is nice article how to reinstall windows MBR: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 however there is a catch. I have Windows system, but when I go with repair mode it is not shown and as the ...
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Laser printer pages covered with toner powder. What to replace first?

I'm working on a Dell 2150cn color laser printer. It is only about two years old but the one year factory warranty has expired. Symptom: When printing a page the paper comes out covered in dry toner ...
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Windows 7 boot error 0xc0000225 after falling down

My Toshiba netbook fell down and hasn't booted again. When I start Windows 7 it immediately says: Windows failed to start... Status: 0xc0000225 Info: The boot selection failed because a ...
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How to fix dual boot after messing up with formatting and partitioning?

I recently tried to reformat one of the partitions in my dual boot PC. I originally had XP and then installed 7 as a dual boot. Well, long story short, XP was having problems, so I reformatted the XP ...
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How do I fix “hard freezing” issue when running games?

About 3 or 4 day's ago, while my roommate was playing a game on my computer that I had played plenty before, randomly hard froze. After rebooting and trying the game again, the same thing happened ...
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How to repair xp corrupt registry file?

I have an instalation of windows xp. It has corrupt registry hive (SOFTWARE). I am able to access system32\config folder but I have no registry backup. System Volume Information folder contains only ...
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Remove Possible Smoke Damage from a Desktop Computer

I had a fire in my house last week. I have several home brew computers that look like they have not received any actual fire or water damage. I've heard that the acidic qualities of the smoke may ...
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What would cause a video card to show everything on the screen in one color (blue)?

I recently tried to upgrade to a better video card, and after putting it into my computer and installing the proper drivers, everything on my screen shows up blue... Not the blue screen of death, just ...
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Vista 2 administrator account disabled for repair

Vista service pack 2 ... I can: Turn on computer Listen to unending beeps Get into bios See that boot is set to 1. cd/dvd 2. usb 3 hard drive Load defaults I cannot: Save defaults I can: Reboot ...
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Possible to bypass laptop inverter power source - HP dv5000 inverter 7 input pins?

I've got an HP dv5000 laptop with a backlight that won't light up, (but is known to be good). I've also got an inverter board which is good, but isn't getting power from the mobo. So, my question ...
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Advice on a laptop after a battery meltdown

I have an old but highly functional Dell Inspiron 1720 that I continue to use. The laptop is ~4 years old, but the battery is an aftermarket replacement about 18 months old. Two nights ago the ...
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Do I need an antistatic bag when mailing a CPU?

I am about to send a used CPU I sold on eBay to the buyer. I do not have an anti-static bag handy, and they seem to be difficult to come by in shops, at least in my neighbourhood. I could place a ...
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Monitor turns on, emits sound, then lcd turns off [closed]

My monitor already fell for a few times from my bad (using it like a laptop) but this time the case of the monitor got open. I immediately closed it and when I turn it on: The ligght indicator turns ...
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Cannot fix induced 0x7b error on XP

I'm writing a tool that will automatically fix the STOP 0x7B error that occurs when windows cannot access the hard drive due to driver issues (usually). I've wrote a tool that does everything the ...
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Monitor has corrupted display at power, then fades to black

I have a Samsung Syncmaster 204B that's displaying garbage on the bottom half of the screen at power-up. After a few seconds, it starts to fade to black -- not uniformly, but spreading out over the ...
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Laptop inverter board input voltage?

I am trying to repair a laptop where the back light has gone. I have tested the lamp by plugging it into another laptop inverter, the bulb lights up and is fine. I have purchased a "tested" inverter ...
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Monitor won't turn on

I have an Acer flatscreen that works properly (I've tested it), connected to a graphics card that also works properly (also has been tested), and still it does not respond when I turn the computer on ...
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Windows 7 Professional Un-bootable

Laptop running Windows 7 Professional hangs on the 'Startup Repair' before booting into Windows. I have left this screen on for over 5 hours (searching for problems) and nothing happens (clicking ...
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Broken front USB port

I have the following case, a Cooler Master Sileo 500 I had a USB dongle in one of the ports on the front which unfortunately I caught and broke the plastic bit inside. It worked on for a time until ...
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Fix corrupted NTFS files system?

I was copying some files over to my RAID (Drobo) connected to my Win7x64 computer and it hung up so i tried to cancel and restarting but when i restarted the computer as soon as it recognized the ...
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How to repair HFS+ extended attributes file?

Is there any tool able to repair/rebuild extended attributes file? For now I tried fsck_hfs from Mac OS X 10.6.3 Retail DVD, fsck.hfsplus from GParted 0.5.2 livecd and Paragon Partition Manager 11. ...
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Do RAID cards do any proprietary processing or disk formatting?

I have a RAID 1 that's spordically healthy; I finally narrowed it down to a cracked SATA connector on the RAID board. If I hold it ~just~ right, i get full contact on the connector and everything ...
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Computer keeps shutting off and turning back on

This just started out today. My computer will be working fine one moment, and then it will completely shut off instantly (No windows message or anything), and turn back on in the next instant. After ...
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Accidentally ran “chown -R ubuntu:ubuntu /”, how to repair?

I accidentally ran "chown -R ubuntu:ubuntu /" on a cluster of 10 servers. I've since managed to repair the majority of the filesystem by initially editing /etc/rc.local, placing a lot of chown ...
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Erratic light on laptop power adapter

I replaced a power board on a Dell Inspiron laptop. If I plug the power adapter into the power board by itself, the light on the adapter stays on, if I connect the power board to the motherboard then ...
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Is it possible to recover a bricked computer?

I received a complaint from a relative, that their computer had crashed. Me, being the nice relative I am, agreed to take a look. They told me that just before it crashed they received a message ...
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Win 7/8 Safemode - Repair your computer

Basically, I have a Dell Laptop which came in with pre-installed Win7. The computer had a built-in recovery media: I could access this by pressing F8 on startup and the boot options menu, where you ...