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What tests should I run before my laptop's service warranty expires?

I just got an email warning me that my laptop's hardware service warranty will expire very soon. What tests should I run to identify components that are at risk of failing? I am running Fedora Linux ...
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How to consistently get USB 3.0 connections to multiple external hard drives from a single USB 3.0 port connected via a USB 3.0 hub?

I have a simple task that I am trying to accomplish: attach two USB 3.0 external bus-powered platter-based 2.5" hard drives to a single USB 3.0 port and have them both operate at USB 3.0 speeds. To ...
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How can I test my internet connection's stability and detect very short sub-second outages?

I'm experiencing a problem with my cable internet connection where it will occasionally drop out for less than a second. It's barely noticeable most of the time, but when downloading large files, ...
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What is the best way to test a GPU's dedicated memory?

I have a Dell Inspiron 3542 that sometimes displays short vertical lines when Windows 7 boots instead of the animated but logo, but they disappear immediately at the next loading step. I wanted to ...
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Should all drives on a USB 3.0 (USB3) Hub be the same speed?

I purchased a USB 3.0 Hub with external power supply. When attaching identical USB3 platter-based hard drives to the hub, CrystalDiskMark reports drive speeds of 80-90MB/s (sequential reads) for the ...
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How to diagnose a lagging Windows 7 laptop?

Symptoms Windows 7 laptop is suddenly responding very slowly. For example, clicking on the sound icon in the system tray takes about 5 seconds to display the volume control. Interestingly, it only ...
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How do I diagnose spotty wifi at coffee shop?

I'm at this coffeeshop (regularly), and it seems that there are always people online getting good work done, but I cannot reliably expect the wifi to work for me. Despite the fact that my computer ...
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Can I bundle Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (.diagcab) files with my software? [closed]

I am having difficulty finding any licenses of these files. Provided I don't modify, only call them, am I allowed to distribute them alongside my other software? EDIT: The tool I want to use: https://...
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how to determine whether the issue is hard drive or hard drive controller?

I have an HP Compaq 620 laptop that suddenly stopped working The BIOS doesn't detect the hard disk at all, but there are no other signs of failure (weird hdd noises etc) The bios system diagnostics ...
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Get IMEI & Serial Number from UMTS-Stick

First of all, excuse my english, it's not my first language but i'll try my best. This is gonna be quite long and pretty in depth because i've already done alot of research but am currently stuck. I ...
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CPU Low clock speed

One day my Computer started being extremely slow when opening a new tab, playing videos and games, etc. but it would start up just fine and work okay-ish when working within the same document or ...
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Impossible to format my SSD

I bought my old company laptop (Dell Precision M4800), it's 3 years old and still pretty good. It comes with a SSD (256 GB) and HDD (1 TB). When purchased, my company IT "destroyed everything" (wiped ...
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How to find the cause of a network intermittently not responding?

I have a simple network built using: 1 Switch (16-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch) 4 Windows 10 PCs (Used as kiosks, with a custom software application) 1 Windows 10 PC (Used as a SQL Server) 10 ...
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My Linux system hangs mysteriously every once in a while. What can I do?

I use GNU/Linux Mint 18.3 with kernel version 4.10.0-42. For the past several weeks, every once in a while my system hangs, without any signs before hand of upcoming trouble (that I have noticed). I'...
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How to diagnose an old server hardware?

I have an old HP ProLiantML350 machine that I want to install Windows server 2012 on. Problem is I know that something is wrong with that server and Im looking for a way to diagnose that machine for ...

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