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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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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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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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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How to crimp this types of connectors?

I have a Microsoft Natural keyboard, which has an almost broken cable. The cable's outer isolation broke right outside the casing. Now I wanted to cut that part of the cable and simply solder the ...
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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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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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How to discharge static electricity before opening a computer?

Before opening a computer, I often hear advice to touch something that is "grounded" - a computer case for example, or a heating element - to avoid damaging the sensitive electronic equipment through ...
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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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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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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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Is it normal for an AC adapter to drop voltage if it's not used by a laptop?

I'm currently investigating the livelihood of a laptop adaptor and I noticed, unlike another adaptor it drops voltage to almost zero after I also attempt to measure its current [while it did show ...
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Replacing the LCD panel in a laptop

Yesterday, I was cleaning up and dropped my Asus Eee 1005PE. The screen is cracked inside (i.e., cracks are visible only when on), and no longer works properly. I booted up with another monitor ...
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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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Automatic Windows System Repair Tools

I recently discovered "System File Checker" (sfc.exe) while repairing a Windows 7 PC and was wondering what other automatic repair/recovery tools are included. (please convert this question to a ...
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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 ...
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Vista reboots during loading, tried the usuals, and there is a problem finding the OS

OS: Vista 64, Desktop First thing I tried was to Boot In Safe Mode - I noticed that that it would hang on loading AVG???.sys (some AVG file can't remember), and since AVG was the one that asked me to ...
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free system diagnostic tool like Dell laptops have? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recommendations for hardware diagnostic software (bootable)? My company issued Dell laptop has a pretty robust system diagnostic tool that you can boot into before ...
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Live tools for hard disk check, repair and reformat

In the old days, I had a floppy with CHCKDSK and other tools for checking hard disk failures, repairing them and, if necessary, reformating them. I recently tried to reinstall XP on an old computer, ...
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Replaced laptop screen, now the displayed resolution is wrong but should not be

I replaced a laptop screen in a Dell Vostro 1520. Both the old and new screens are 1440x900 resolution as confirmed by part numbers but new screen is glossy the old one is matt - with slightly ...
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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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Repair and Parallel Installation using Windows 7

These kinds of installation were possible before in Windows XP. Are they still possible with Windows 7? So far, all the websites I've seen say it requires at least that the OS be bootable (or maybe I ...
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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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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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What exactly do MP3 repairing programs do?

There are various MP3 repairing software out there. What exactly do they do to repair MP3 files? What is the rationale behind the process?
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Laptop LCD replacement

Hey I have just replaced the LCD in my HP nx6125 laptop with one out of a Toshiba A60 which is the same resolution etc but I get this weird issue on the right hand side where it repeats a column of ...
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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) - ...
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Is it really possible to repair bad sectors?

I have found different and opposite opinions on the internet: is it really possible to repair bad sectors on a hard disk ? should I replace the hard disk or just repair it? I would be glad to read ...
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Repair Flash Disk

i have a flash disk, which i somehow **ed doing some formatings and all... now it doesnot work... it is loaded but i cannot copy any files to it and inside there is a large 3.85 GB file with no ...
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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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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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Can you think of a way that would fix a crease (created by folding) on a Razer Sphex (mousepad)?

It seems resilient enough at the point of crease. It might be better after continuous use above it (with a natural flattening) but I's wondering if anyone has a permanent active solution.
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automate repair of wireless connection on XP

I suspect that there is a problem somewhere in my Dell Precision laptop, running XP Pro, that causes the wireless internet connection to be lost after about a half-hour of connection time. The ...
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My Macbook is a Battery Denier

I have a four year old Macbook rev 1,1 (the original Intel Core Duo). Just recently it has begun denying the existence of its battery while still happily running unplugged. I get the X battery icon ...
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Logitech G500 Right Click needs extra force and makes weird clamping sound

It's harder to go down and depending on position of application of force it may also do a weird sound indicating it 'clamps' at some point [this is especially irritating since it feels like it's ...
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Copying data to USB flash drive throws “Write Protect Error”

I have a USB flash drive, which I made bootable for use as an anti virus disk. After formatting the drive, whenever I copy some files to it, it shows an error: The disk cannot be written to ...
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my WD Mybook wd5000h0032 is DEAD?

i have a WD Mybook Premium (wd5000h032) it used to work just fine but suddenly i can't access to it. The blue lights turn on but the drive doesn't start, it makes no click, nor any other sound, it ...
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Recovering/Repairing an external HD

My external HD gave out on me yesterday. I thought: let it rest for a while, but nothing gives. Before this, it was falling off and going back on every few minutes. I got tired of this and turned it ...
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Essential Macintosh Tools [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some “must have” Mac OS X programs? What are some tools you use a lot to diagnose and fix Macs? I'll start the ball rolling Temperature Monitor ...
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How do I rebuild the TCP/IP stack on XP?

Consider a computer has been hit with a spyware bomb and it has destroyed the internet connectivity in almost every way. (no ethernet, wireless, or dial-up) Because it would take forever to backup ...
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Replacing laptop LCD panel

I have a Lenovo T61 laptop. The LCD panel cracked recently. I decided to try my hand at fixing it. I bought a replacement LCD on ebay ...
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Fixing a damaged stand on a white 20" iMac

I've been asked to look at an old(ish) 20" white iMac, which was apparently dropped by a courier, and has stopped the stand from holding the screen at a sensible angle. It swings so that it leans as ...
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How to open monitor case? (LG Flatron L196WTQ)

My monitor (LG Flatron L196WTQ) has broken recently and I know the problem is with the inverter. From what I have read online I can try replacing the capacitors on the inverter board and see if that ...
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Windows 7 boot process is completely dead

It's been eight hours now that I try fixing my windows system. After I uninstalled ubuntu, and moved the windows seven partition to fill the space freed by the operation, I tried to fix the Windows 7 ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between these laptop display panels?

I currently have an LG LP154WE2 that has an approximately 10 pixel wide white stripe down the center of the screen. This shows up even when the computer first boots so I'm pretty sure the panel has to ...
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Broken Vista. Can't open Windows settings

My neighbor has a Lenovo laptop with Windows Vista Home Basic. She's a noob and just uses the laptop for internet purposes. She said she had to close down Windows improperly (sometime ago, maybe 6 ...