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  1. #1
    Arthur NNTP User

    PC Hardware Testing Utility.

    I need to identify an annoying intermittent fault. Does anyone recommend any
    free hardware testing utilities? I suspect a motherboard fault.


  2. #2
    malcolmlewis NNTP User

    Re: PC Hardware Testing Utility.

    On Wed 20 Mar 2013 08:50:24 AM CDT, Arthur wrote:

    I need to identify an annoying intermittent fault. Does anyone
    recommend any free hardware testing utilities? I suspect a motherboard
    fault.

    Hi
    For memory memtest86. Looked at the motherboard, not 'bulging
    capacitors'? Harddrive?

    Grab an openSUSE LiveCD and boot that up to run smart, memtest etc.
    http://software.opensuse.org/123/en

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    up 2 days 16:45, 5 users, load average: 0.22, 0.21, 0.16
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  3. #3
    Arthur NNTP User

    Re: PC Hardware Testing Utility.

    Thank you - no capacitor or hard disk or memory problems.

    "malcolmlewis" wrote in message
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    On Wed 20 Mar 2013 08:50:24 AM CDT, Arthur wrote:

    I need to identify an annoying intermittent fault. Does anyone
    recommend any free hardware testing utilities? I suspect a motherboard
    fault.

    Hi
    For memory memtest86. Looked at the motherboard, not 'bulging
    capacitors'? Harddrive?

    Grab an openSUSE LiveCD and boot that up to run smart, memtest etc.
    http://software.opensuse.org/123/en

    --
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
    openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64) Kernel 3.7.10-1.1-desktop
    up 2 days 16:45, 5 users, load average: 0.22, 0.21, 0.16
    CPU Intel® i5 CPU M520@2.40GHz | GPU Intel® Ironlake Mobile


  4. #4
    malcolmlewis NNTP User

    Re: PC Hardware Testing Utility.

    On Thu 21 Mar 2013 12:53:07 PM CDT, Arthur wrote:

    Thank you - no capacitor or hard disk or memory problems.

    "malcolmlewis" wrote in message
    news:20130320081757.6f9511bf@mizz-piggy.gekkota.dyndns.org...

    On Wed 20 Mar 2013 08:50:24 AM CDT, Arthur wrote:

    I need to identify an annoying intermittent fault. Does anyone
    recommend any free hardware testing utilities? I suspect a motherboard
    fault.

    Hi
    For memory memtest86. Looked at the motherboard, not 'bulging
    capacitors'? Harddrive?

    Grab an openSUSE LiveCD and boot that up to run smart, memtest etc.
    http://software.opensuse.org/123/en

    Hi
    Did you try a live cd for awhile?

    Not heat related, cpu needs new thermal paste?

    Else your down to power supply.... or Motherboard replacement....

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    Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
    openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64) Kernel 3.7.10-1.1-desktop
    up 11:18, 3 users, load average: 0.08, 0.06, 0.06
    CPU Intel® i5 CPU M520@2.40GHz | GPU Intel® Ironlake Mobile


  5. #5
    GofBorg NNTP User

    Re: PC Hardware Testing Utility.

    > I need to identify an annoying intermittent fault. Does anyone recommend
    > any free hardware testing utilities? I suspect a motherboard fault.


    Windows works pretty well, if you get random BSODS then yah the hardware is
    bad. Usually memory. If you get lockups then check the CPU cooling fan,
    video card and power supply by swapping in known good. If all that's left
    after those tests is the motherboard....then Bob's your uncle.




  6. #6
    Sewermonger NNTP User

    Re: PC Hardware Testing Utility.


    I'd clean all the contacts with DeToxIT (from Radio Shack) and blow out
    all the power supplies and inside the case to get the dust bunnies out.
    Circuit cards contacts need cleaning also. Spray inside the cables
    (where connectors are if needed) otherwise Q-Tips and detoxit. That gets
    all the electrical contacts. Spray inside all motherboard cables. Let it
    all dry. and put back together.

    Download Hiren BootCD or some other system testing DVD/CD

    That should help lots


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