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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What is the best way to fix a stuck pixel on a LCD screen?

I have an LCD screen with a Pixel that is stuck ON (ie bright) what do you suggest to fix it (it's not a dead pixel) Please don't suggest that I fork out $1000 for another one ;-)
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How can I fix/repair a corrupted PDF file?

Does anyone have any recommendation or procedures for repairing a corrupt PDF? When I open the file I get "There was an error opening this document. the file is damaged and cannot be repaired." ...
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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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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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terminal tool (linux) for repair corrupted zip files

I've a corrupt zip file. I've tried to repair it with zip -F file.zip and zip -FF file.zip but was not successful. Is there another terminal tool under Linux for repairing?
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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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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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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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How to fix a damaged/corrupted NTFS filesystem/partition without losing the data on it?

I was going to install Fedora 15 along side my Windows 7 Starter on my Acer Apire One D255E and at some point during the resizing of the NTFS partition (the one with Windows on it) the setup failed. ...
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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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How can I repair a broken AVI file?

I have an .avi file that is about 110mb. When I try to play it with VLC Media Player it says something like "This file is broken. Attempt to repair?" and after it does its thing it is still unable 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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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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Unable to Repair Disk using Mac OS X Disk Utility

My wife has been complaining about her MacBook Air's performance. It seems to work fine, but when I ran Disk Utility and did a "Verify Disk", it reported filesystem errors. The "Repair Disk" button ...
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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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What type of Multimeter is safe to use on computers?

In "Upgrading and Repairing PC's - 18th edition" by Scott Mueller on pg. 1278 he discusses multimeters. "You should only use a DMM (digital multimeter) instead of the older needle-type multimeters ...
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Reviving a dead laptop battery

Is there any way to revive a dead laptop battery? I have a three year old Dell Latitude laptop that I've been using pretty intensively. After a year or so, the battery dropped dead - if I plug the ...
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PC powers off at random times

Short Version After experiencing some problems with Mobo batteries my PC started to power off at random times, the power off is instant and sudden and does not restart afterwards, need help figuring ...
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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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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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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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How do I tell Windows 7 to never Launch Startup Repair

I have a Windows 7 (64-bit) virtual machine that I primarily remote desktop into. Sometimes on boot something goes wrong and it displays the following DOS screen: Windows ...
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XP CD doesn't offer repair option

I'm fixing an IBM Thinkpad laptop running XP Pro which doesn't boot all the way (It gets past the XP logo boot screen, a movable mouse cursor appears, and it doesn't get any further, even in safe ...
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Looking for a good computer repair kit

I'm afraid I'll get ripped if I get the generic kit from Tigerdirect or whatever. For clarity this is not software I am after but physical tools. It should include something for occassional ...
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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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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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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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Windows 7 boot failure after update

Installed some windows 7 updates today, mostly just optional fixes and it installed an update to my IntelliType or IntelliPoint drivers (Keyboard & Mouse). It asked to reboot, computer gets to ...
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How to figure out whether GPU, CPU or motherboard is broken?

So I was "hacking" my internal laptop monitor (basically I was trying to understand the pinout and try to use it externally). During that I used continuity checker to trace circuitry. It is my old ...
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Dell u2311h Monitor gone bad, which capacitors do I replace?

I have 3 u2311h monitors in an eyefinity setup. For aesthetic purposes, I do not want to replace the faulty one with a newer u2312hm. The problem with the faulty one is as follows: For the past few ...
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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 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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Have it fixed or buy a new one?

My dual-monitor system has just become a single-monitor system again when the older monitor decided it would be nice to just turn to black. It's a Samsung LCD monitor and is over three years old. Not ...
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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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FAT filesystem - bad superblock

Last night my android phone said it can't read the SD card and it wanted to format it. I pulled it out, put it in a card reader and tried to mount it on my desktop pc: $ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 tmp ...
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How do I reset the registry using the repair console in Windows 7?

I need to fix a Windows 7 machine that can only boot into Safe Mode. I cannot use a DVD or take out the hard disk, and there are no dates available for System Restore to restore to. With Windows XP ...
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Is there a way to do a Windows 7 repair install when you are unable to start/boot Windows 7?

My understanding is that the only way to perform a "repair install" in Windows 7 is to run the install setup.exe within the Windows 7 installation you want to repair. This seems a little brain dead ...
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What causes Mac OS X Permission errors?

This is out of interest rather then looking for a fix to a problem. What actually causes permissions on Mac OS X Systems to become messed up? Its an easily fixed problem (i.e. there's a quick and ...
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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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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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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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Repair Ubuntu installation

I accidently uninstalled (apt-get purge) lots of important system stuff, including gnome dekstop and whatever-is-responsible-for-internet-connetion, among other things. Is there any way to repair it? ...
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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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XP Pro repair CD - does Pro/Home disc matter?

I'm trying to repair an XP Pro install using the repair cd. The issue is a corrupted registry. Following the MS help center instructions, I made a batch file to replace the registry. It's not ...
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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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Does repairing Windows format the drive?

I need to repair my Windows XP, but I am not sure if I still can have all my files in the same hard disk drive. so there is option to repair, will I get my files erased if I choose that options?
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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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Burnt SATA Drive

By stupid curiosity, I've connected the FDD power cable to the jumper pins of a SATA drive, and powered on the system. The SATA drives controller is now burned out. Can it be replaced, and still ...
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Toshiba laptop charger not working properly?

I have a Toshiba laptop and basically, for the laptop to charge I have to apply a lot of pressure to the charger, so it shifts to the right, and it charges. My laptop's battery holds only 10 minutes ...
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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 ...