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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Freezing of computer while watching flash videos (contd) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer freezing while watching Flash videos from net I have asked this similar question Computer freezing while watching Flash videos from net two week before. As i ...
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Compaq nc4200 screen cutting out and keyboard lagging after dropping - could I repair this?

I have a HP Compaq nc4200 laptop. I got it from a family member who no longer needed it, who got it from a sale of old office equipment, so it's at the very least third-hand, and somewhat battered. ...
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TP-LINK-8901 modem does not connect automatically; only works in bridged mode [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot Connect To Internet In Automatic (pppoe) Mode Of Modem My TP-LINK-8901 modem does not connect to internet with "always on" (automatic) connection. I have to put ...
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New Computer won't boot up

I brought new components and put a computer together. I installed Windows 7 (32-bit) and everything was working as it should. However my case came with two USB3 front ports I could not connect ...
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Standard toolchain / tasks to repair a windows 7 machine

A friend owns a Lenovo notebook. The system sometime does not boot Windows 7. If this happens, a black screen with a lifebelt boots. I've never seen such a lifebelt screen on another system (Windows ...
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Computer freezing while watching Flash videos from net

I have a Windows 7 home basic, while watching videos from net (within 5 minutes) computer starts to freeze and shows 100 percent CPU usage. I first thought it's a browser issue but watching videos ...
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Boot Windows 7 in a new machine [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change computer but retain hard disk What would happen if I take my hard drive out of my current PC and put it in a new PC? I had to buy a desktop since my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...