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Some miniscule percentage of computers will fail prematurely. Your question isn't whether it's worth testing at all but if you test, is stress testing better. The starting point is that your machine is the one in 10,000 that will fail prematurely and your goal is to cause that failure. What is the best way to make that happen? (When it doesn't fail, it ...


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No. A simple cursory test will indicate if the hardware is doomed to fail early, and no stress testing is necessary. Stress testing is done on prototypes to ensure that the majority of market-bound products will not fail in due time. This is the purpose of a "manufacturer's warranty." They've already tested a sample of their products, so you can be sure that ...


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Try a PRAM reset Shut down your Mac. Turn on your Mac. Immediately press and hold the Option-Command-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears. Continue holding the keys down until your Mac restarts, and you hear the startup sound for the second time. Release the keys. I've seen this fix all sorts ...


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Can you see the sensor/switch? If so, while the laptop is open, try activating it to fool the laptop into thinking you've closed the cover and observe whether the machine goes to sleep. If you're confident you've properly engaged the switch, then you know it's defective and it needs to be replaced. Failing this, check any relevant settings to ensure the ...


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Power supplies I've had generally fail within 4 to 5 years, if yours is an older one you may want to replace it. When you do get one with more power than you need and upgrade to a ps that has multi-stage circuitry. If you have absolutely no power try disconnecting all add in cards like video, sound, usb. You might also try removing some memory cards and ...


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Low voltage can be harmful but usually just with items that have motors. In most modern electronics if the supply voltage drops, the devices draw more current in order to keep running which can result in overheating. Anyway, it's a pretty simple to troubleshoot in the end. Getting the tools you need is a different story... Here are your options for ...


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My best guess is that your harddrive is almost full, about to fail or becomming very fragmented. My suggestions for how to try and fix this situation would be: NOTE: Back up all important data before running a defragmentation or running CheckDisk. If your drive is about to fail, you may do irreversible damage to it with these tools. This is a "worst case ...


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If the computer slows down only with Explorer, there may be software extended the context menu malfunctioning. Check if you have such tools installed and try to deactivate/uninstall them.


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I can confirm that this is 99% a hard drive that is getting old. It doesn't mean that you will have a failure, they can last long after they become sluggish, but you definitely risk loosing data. Defrag will probably not make it better, no. Yes. An SSD sounds like a good choice!


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You need to run the Dell on-board diagnostics. If you can keep the laptop booted up long enough, run the diagnostics by pressing F12 at the BIOS splash screen, then choose the Diagnostics startup option. The diagnostics will test the CPU, motherboard, memory, and other critical components of the laptop. After running an initial diagnostics test, taking ...


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I would compare your laptop with a solid state drive to your mobile phone - with practically no moving parts or to a tablet. Except for the fact the construct of a mobile phone / tablet are different from the laptop - they are no different. (Just recall the number of times users toss or rotate their phones when they hold them) On a side note: As ...


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Laptop Manufacturers design Laptops to tolerate/withstand subtle movements like changing the orientation of the Latop (in case of putting it in your bag). I'd advice to keep your Laptop in a Laptop Bag with sufficient padding as it will cushion any sudden jerks. Other than that you should be fine


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A solid state drive has no moving parts, so moving your laptop while the drive is being access will have a negligible affect on how it works. If you have an optical disc in a drive, you might want to eject that first though. Most laptops by default put themselves into sleep mode if they are closed. You can also put the computer into sleep mode manually. ...


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Agreed with Agent_L, call WD and work the warranty first. In the meantime, set up a folder on another computer, and start backing up by copying the contents of the drive to the folder. If the drive shuts off in the middle, go ahead and unplug, wait 30 minutes (for the drive to cool) and the reattach, and continue where you left off. Be warned though that ...


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There is no concern about the HDD position as long as it's not moved when the laptop is on or the HDD is writing. Note that laptop manufacturers often put the HDD upside-down.


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You won't be told unless there's a utility/facility to alert you, and it's configured. Additionally if the RAID controller is hardware based it may display a warning ELD on the adapter. If it integrates fully with your chassis, you may get a warning light on the chassis (usually only server-grade stuff does this). Otherwise you'll have to check its status ...


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Your problem might be of heat sink as you are saying it freezes when using extensive apps or games. Heat sink is a paste which is pasted in between CPU and Cooling fan try changing it once it might solve your problem its very cheap if you purchase a local brand paste then it will cost you only around 20-30 Rupees and if you purchase intel original then it ...


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If it was plain water and only a small amount, the UPS should be fine once you get it completely dried out. You will need to open the case for the inside to dry out (unplug it and if you will be handling anything inside, you can wear thin gloves to avoid the possibility of a jolt). Remove the battery to disconnect the internal power and to create an ...


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I would recommend waiting for a day or 2 and then trying it again. If all the water that was on the plugs has evaporated, then its bone dry and safe to use. If however you have reason to believe that water might have gotten into the UPS because of which the circuits might have possibly been damaged,take it to a technician and see if the cost of having it ...


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Since sometimes your computer don't display anything or load after a reboot, then its either the Video card or the RAM. If the video card is built-in, then its defiantly the RAM; it will also cause the OS to hang.


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I once had a Windows computer in which the display sometimes froze, but that everything else continued to work. However, sometimes I then received a message saying something like "Display driver restarted by system", and then everything returned to normal. Some (very) few times I managed to get out of this state by entering Ctrl+Alt+Del and then Esc. Some ...


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Since you have this problem on both OS, I'd recommend you to check all hardware step by step, especially motherboard. As for me, I would check it in following steps: South Bridge temperature. You can just touch it carefully. If it is hot enough to burn a bit or close to it, that's bad sign. (Thermal sensors could lie, your burnt finger won't) Memtest at ...


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Since we don't know what the problem is and we don't have many clues, I'm just going to suggest a bunch of ideas that come to mind. You can try them all and use process of elimination to hopefully stumble across a solution. Unplug your hard drive, CD drive, and any other non-essential parts since you do not need them to POST. Try taking out one of your ...


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Try reseating the CPU. The ability to beep on many motherboards is dependant on being able to communicate with the CPU. Most everything else can be screwed up and the beep codes still be produced, but if not even the CPU is working, the motherboard can't execute any instructions to make the speaker beep.


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It's unlikely you'll be able to accurately determine which card is at fault without removing one card at a time and testing the system. This is not only the simplest and most reliable method at your disposal, but to your advantage, you now have the ability to reproduce they problem on-demand, making the task of figuring out which card is to blame even ...


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Noise is made by parts rubbing against each other, lack of noise means parts are no longer rubbing against each other, which is usually a good thing. However, it is not a bad idea to be especially cautious as it is odd for noise to decrease on an older drive, and more common for noise to increase. If the system were running noticeably slower, crashing ...


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Source Boot-up Troubleshooting Cookbook Troubleshooting Boot Problems 1.0 BIOS Beep Codes 1.1 No Video Splash Screen 1.2 System Does Not Complete POST 1.3 Operating System not Found or Boot Device Missing 1.4 Keyboard Isn’t Recognized 1.5 Slave IDE Drive Not Detected (Hard Drive or CDROM) 1.0 BIOS Beep Codes It is likely that the BIOS on your system ...



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