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Monitor Flickering caused by repeating gif image

I have an LG LED IPS monitor (22MP55). A GIF image of an animated firefly flapping its wings was on my screen and I was doing something else with my laptop and didn't notice monitor. After 15 minutes ...
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How do I tell if a CD disc was burned 3 days ago or 3 months ago by physical inspection? [duplicate]

Is there a way to tell when a disk has been burned by inspecting the disc for its physical features?
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Can I clean corrosion inside my keyboard by washing or soaking?

I have an Apple wired (external) keyboard (model A1242). Some small amount of water was spilled on it, and the Z, X, C, V, B, N, M, and left command keys were rendered unresponsive. All other keys ...
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Is dropping an object on a hard drive as harmful as dropping it?

I have recently dropped a remote control on my enternal hard drive accidentally from like 20-30 centimeters distance. I wondered whether it might have been less harmful than dropping it from the same ...
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Could it be black screen on an otherwise good laptop without hard drive?

The M.2 SSD hard drive of my laptop is physically damaged: a visual damage is seen in the middle of the card, and the chip that appears damaged gets very hot while attempting to boot. Both with and ...
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Data recovery on physically damaged key

I am currently in possesion of a physically damager USB key: when any software try to read clusters from 3,981,812 to 3,981,817, the USB drive crash and I have to unplug, and plug again the key to be ...
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One rubber feet on MacBook Pro (circa 2012) has come off - can I just tape over it and call it a day?

The rubber feet on my MacBook Pro (circa-2012) came off, and to my surprise, there is now a hole through the base of my laptop. You can actually see the insides of the laptop from the hole, which is ...
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Getting an AMI BIOS error beep code although the PC seems to work perfectly fine

I have a problem with a brand new Spectra PowerTwin desktop PC. Sometimes when booting, I get a 5x short-beep error code¹, but I don't know why as the PC seems to be working perfectly fine. The only ...
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Would a PS/2 Port be damaged by hotswapping if a USB to Ps2 convertor is used?

I want to use a USB keyboard and mouse with an old server. Not very old but the USB ports are taken up. I plan on using an active USB to PS2 convertor (Tripp Lite brand) But I need to be able to ...
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Motherboard fried, what does that mean for the rest of the pc?

My motherboard got fried, I think I plugged in a fan to the wrong spot and on boot I heard an electric pop and the computer stopped working. A chip on the motherboard is visibly cracked but I didn't ...
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Dropped AC adapter on laptop with lid closed from a height of about 10cm [closed]

The adapter weighs less than 300g. There are no visible damage on the lid. The screen also seems fine. If there are no damage now, is it safe to say the risks of getting issues in the future is the ...
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Turning HDD off to decrease mechanical sensitivity of SSD+HDD laptop

My new laptop, a Lenovo IdeaPad 720, has a 256 GB SSD drive and a 1 TB mechanical drive (HDD). I'd like to be able to safely carry the laptop around while turned on, without taking the usual ...
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A dark shadow appears on my laptop's LCD display after I turn it on

A shadow appears on the bottom of my laptop's display, after I turn it on. I don't know if pressing around aso. applies to my issue and I don't want to damage it further, initially it works. The ...
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Will any damage occur if I remove or plug in a device to SATA port with computer switched on?

Is it likely that there would be any physical damage if I did this: First I removed a hard drive from a SATA port but still had the power supply pluged in to my hard drive. I turned my computer on. ...
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Is my graphic card damaged/dead?

This morning I booted the PC and I discovered that overnight (no thunders or other electrical variations occurred as far as I know) I got 2 big damages: 2 memory banks dead (G.Skill F3-1600C9D-8GAO) ...
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HGST/Travelstar Z5K1000-1000 damaged from impact

My little sister accidentally dropped my ASUS Q303U last night, and when i tried to boot it up, it wouldn't recognize the drive. I tried to plug it in to my tower PC, but it wasn't recognized either. ...
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(Relatively) strong magnets on a laptop?

I'm designing a tablet holder that can be taken into an operating room. For sterilization and production reasons it would be aventageous if I would make the tablet attach to the holder via magnets. ...
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Install OS on Galaxy S4 w/ broken screen [closed]

Note: This question is about interfacing a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a computer to install a new O/S so that I can use the phone as a server on my personal network. I have an Samsung Galaxy S4 with a ...
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Erase SSD with a hammer

I have a damaged solid state drive with SENSITIVE DATA. I can't use software erasing methods as the SSD couldn't be read by the computer anymore. In comparison, a damaged hard drive, may be drilled ...
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Can my laptop USB port be damaged by 12.5 Volts?

I connected an Arduino to my laptop with the USB cable. An arduino is something like a Raspberry Pi, but then simpler. You can program it to run a robot for example. There was a big mistake in the ...
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SSD acting weird after taking a hit

So, it all began when my PC took a minor hit during transportation. Nothing appears to be damaged visually, and all components are working just fine, except for the SSD (A-DATA Premier Pro SP920). ...
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Is it safe to run a laptop with possible BGA damage if you don't plan on using the video alot? [closed]

I have a junker laptop that I want to run Linux on and just SSH into. I believe that the BGA of the videocard has some damage, do I really need to reflow this sucker before using it, or is it safe to ...
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Will leaving my computer in the car ruin it? [duplicate]

I will be going on vacation in a couple of days to the beach. I plan to leave my computer (a mid 2012 Mac) in the car, which will possibly be exposed to the sun. It will be exposed between 14:00 and ...
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Seagate Momentus 7200 4 250GB HDD is not working anymore [closed]

I got the hard drive and when I plugged it in I heard it spinning and clicking but it won't work! In the past I tried the Acer laptop and it detected and booted to unsupported windows which was just ...
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Is computer hardware safe to ship, if yes, what precautions are needed? [closed]

I have seen Newegg, Amazon and other companies shipping computer hardware, including Motherboards, Graphics Cards, and CPUs, sometimes overseas as well. I want to ask a few questions about this: ...
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Would these magnets be enough to damage a portable HDD? [duplicate]

As per the title, would these magnets be enough to damage a portable hard drive such as this Seagate GoFlex if left next to each other for longer than, say, 20 minutes? Thankfully, this is all ...
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Broken connectors / pins on graphics card

My graphics card stopped working from time to time. So now I took it out and had a look on it. I discovered that some pins seem to be broken. Can this make fatal damage to a card? Because it looks ...
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Is it possible to retrieve data off of a (possibly) damaged flash drive? [duplicate]

I plugged in my USB flash drive into a port that sticks out of the front of the computer and put my files onto it. I didn't immediately take it out, but instead left it in there while I continued ...
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Internal computer screen cracked

I did something stupid. I work on my computer on the ground, and so I tripped on my computer and closed it. It is a Windows 8 (now Windows 8.1) HP PC. The next day I open it up and I find it cracked. ...
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Screwdriver slipped, Scratched Motherboard

I purchased a month ago a motherboard (LGA 1156 - Gigabyte P55A-UD6) at about 328USD. All worked fine until yesterday, when I saw that I had mounted the CPU fan (Thermaltake Frio - a monster of 1.5kg ...