How too check hardware faults? 4 replies

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steelGrunt

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#1 11 years ago

what causes very strange shutdowns and nothing is the same when it happens, sometime is bios, others just in windows at almost idle, and other times loading or playing a game??? the PSU is brand now ultra 550watt, new motherboard, processer is newer but doesnt seem to be acting normal, lastly the harddrive and its a off brand but seems to be the only thing older and maybe it could be causing it??? help please.




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#2 11 years ago

Coule be a number of things, but it is probably a temperature or a RAM-problem. Most modern BIOS have a setting for warning-noises once you reach a certain temperature, activate that. RAM can be tested by removing a module at a time.

If everything is new then it might also be a driver-problem. Make sure you installed all necessary drivers, also those for your motherboard (chipset, AGP-drivers etc.).




steelGrunt

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#3 11 years ago

I am currently checking memory and so far one stick it has failed on, is it likely for them both to go bad at the same time... is there another way of checking???




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#4 11 years ago

Just try running the PC with one stick for a while, if the problems disappear that stick will probably work.

There are some freeware-programs with which you can check RAM, but they don't return helpful results in most cases. The best thing would be to borrow a stick from a friend or test your sticks on a friend's PC.




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#5 11 years ago

Google and download both SeaTools and Goldmemory.

Extract SeaTools to CD. Extract Goldmemory to CD or floppy.

To test your HDD - boot off of SeaTools CD, run the generic diagnostics. S.M.A.R.T. test + quick test + full test. If you get a failure at the end of the diagnostic you should replace your hard drive.

Boot off of the Goldmemory CD or floppy and let the test run overnight. If you get any red errors during the test you will need to replace your RAM (recommend letting this test run 15+ hours, one stick at a time if you suspect bad memory).

Hope this has helped.