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Is there some kind of software application or hardware devices that can inform the owner of the machine that some kind of failure is going to happen soon?

What I mean by some kind of failure are - hard disk failure, ram failure, monitor failure, etc...

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Quite often failure is at a lower level than tools can detect. There's specific troubleshooting tools for specific issues though

Hard Drives: I tend to use gsmartcontrol to check drive health. Works on most common OSes

Ram: i tend to favour memtestx86+ run off a liveusb. I usually run this sparingly though, or when suspecting ram issues

BSODs: Quite often BSODs can be an indication of other issues - i use whocrashed to interpret these

there's no standard test for other things as far as i know

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Yes, those program require to be run manually and each of them can only detect a specify kind of hardware failure. I am looking of a early-detection program that probably perform checkup on the machine when the machine is not doing work and popup a information message informing the owner which hardware (can be harddisk, monitor display, etc..) may fail in the next few days. –  Larry Morries Sep 26 '11 at 5:40
    
My objective is to detect the failure before it fail and to replace that particular part(s) that may/will fail (probably in the next few days). –  Larry Morries Sep 26 '11 at 5:50

Spinrite can tell you about the state of your hard drive.

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Can it also detect other machine failures? –  Larry Morries Sep 26 '11 at 5:37
    
no, it's a hard drive tool. –  bryan Sep 26 '11 at 17:36
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After reading the answer from Journeyman Geek and Bryan, I can conclude that there is currently no software suite (at this point of time) that can perform early detection of a machine (be it a laptop, server, desktop) failures.

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