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Diagnosing Harware Problems

By Bdoc
Aug 8, 2008
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  1. The contribution of the members on this site have been a great contribution so I must first express my gratitude to you all. Even most of the questions have been a learning moment for me. Thank you.

    Now to my question. Is there any software that has been built to diagnose failing hardware ? I live in a small somewhat remote community and all the computer expertise is at least an hour's drive. Some know me as a network guru but I was hoping to find some software that would help me quickly spot hardware that is tanking.

    Thanks again for everything.

    Bob t
  2. woody1191

    woody1191 TS Rookie Posts: 638

    Try using Memtest86 for your RAM. When using this try to let it run for 7 passes (8 Tests per pass) or sometimes overnight which is more thorough - http://www.memtest.org/

    Try Prime95 to test the CPU and RAM. There are three tests on Prime95 "Small FFT's" which tests mainly the CPU, "Large FFT's" which tests both RAM and CPU, "Blend" which tests mainly RAM. I have found it to be a good second test for RAM after Memtest86. You can let these tests run for about 20 mins, it will automatically stop if any error is found.

    Prime95
    32bit OS Version - http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=103
    64bit OS Version - http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=205

    You should normally use the HDD Manufacturers test normally found on the Support Section of their website to test your HDD.

    These are a few tools some people may list more for you, I may post back if I remember some more.
  3. kimsland

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