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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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 to fix corrupted filesystem (shows as RAW) in USB device?

I would like to ask if you know how to fix a corrupted USB? I've tried the diskpart command but it didn't work. The media is write protected. Do you have any idea that is much better? I need to fix ...
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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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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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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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How to open and repair an m4v or mp4 video file?

Yesterday I was filming a scene with my phone but suddenly the application crashed and when I try to open the m4v generated it says that is corrupted. I have downloaded the video files (around 36MB) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I repair my Logitech Anywhere MX?

My Anywhere Mouse has got mushy mouse button syndrome. That is, the left mouse button feels a little bit soft, and it easily double clicks, let's go when I drag something. Before I repair it at home, ...
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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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Half the screen on my laptop is displaying incorrectly (random colors)

My netbook was dropped and now half the screen is displaying incorrectly. Its basically a rainbow spectrum of random colors. On the other side everything is working just fine. It doesn't appear that ...
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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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Can Windows 7 be repaired to run with new motherboard?

I have HP computer and it came with Windows Vista. It also had an option to upgrade to Windows 7 via upgrade disc. I have upgraded to Windows 7 via the special upgrade disc (It is special because it ...
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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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Can I repair Windows 7 with a different Windows 7 CD,for correction of restoring,without alternating main features of Windows?

I can't restore my computer to its original condition. It gives the error: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible 0xc000000e Can I repair my Windows 7 (home ...
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Is it possible to replace the wire of my Logitech G500 mouse?

There is wear/fatigue on the wire very near the mouse end. I've been slowly patching the wire over time with soldering - each time the closer it gets to being unfixable or reaching towards 'inside' ...
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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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Troubleshooting laptop

My laptop wont boot past the windows error recovery page it just keeps cycling I have already tried running windows 7 repair disk, and it was not able to fix an issues, what would be my next step? *I ...
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Blinking of Caps Lock key and F11 and F12 keys being constantly on, on a new HP DV7 notebook

I believe it is related to a faulty keyboard that has very unstable behavior in regards to letter "N". History: Laptop was fine (CPU and GPU and RAM perfectly stable even on heavier conditions ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Why does my laptop shut down immediately after replacing the power connector?

I have an HP Compaq 610 Recently my laptop fell from my bed right on the power connector. I've changed the power connector with a new one. There is power to the laptop. But the now the laptop shuts ...
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Is there a tool that can detect (and if possible, fix) glitches in MP3 files?

My collection contains some MP3s which have some glitches like displaying the wrong duration on loading minor jumps suddenly ending despite the duration claims another minute remaining noise I'm ...
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How can I repair Windows XP virtually?

I want to repair my Windows XP, but my laptop's DVD ROM doesn't work, and all the time I've had to boot from a USB drive to install an OS. So now I want to repair Windows XP due to some problems. I ...
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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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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 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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Media file repair tool

I have an incomplete MP4 file. It contains audio only, in AAC. Is there any tool that would fix the file so I can play the partial file?
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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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Internet connectivity lost and Event Log doesn't work

My Windows 7 (64-bit) machine lost internet connectivity. Rebooting didn't help. On boot-up systray message would appear: Failed to connect to a windows service. Windows could not connect to the ...
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What is the possible reason for a computer to malfunction after proper shutdown?

Usually I found my computer dead or malfunctioning after I went back home after one day work. And yesterday the computer is going okay and I've shutdown it properly. Assuming no one touched the ...
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How should you do a check on each component of the computer when no display?

I just asked a question about no display during and after start up. And I am thinking if the computer is booting up into the windows while there are no display, can I shut it down at any time? ...
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what should I be careful of when buying a new motherboard for an old computer?

I got a broken computer from my friend, after diagnosis, the motherboard is dead. The owner want to replace the motherboard with a new one, but his computer was bought 5 years before. What should I ...
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How can I repair Mac OS Extended Journaled Hard Drive that doesn't show up in Mac Finder or Disk Utility

I have a 120 GB Seagate SATA hard drive formatted as the default "Mac OS Extended Journaled" in a 2006 MacBook with Snow Leopard. It also has Windows XP installed with BootCamp. Everything worked ...
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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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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 ...