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Is there a way to automate computer diagnostics

What I'm wondering is if there is a way that you can make a cd that boots up Memtest86, runs it through, and if there is no error, restarts and then boots up a hard drive checker that verifies the ...
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How to add ISO images to UBCD4Win

First off, I love UBCD4WIN. I have, however, found other utilities or ISO images I would like to include with my current CD. When I open the menu.lst file, I notice it seems to only allow .IMG and ...
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Ten year old computer started smelling strongly of ozone

Recently, I decided to rebuild a ten year old computer to use as a Linux server. After running it as a Minecraft server for five months, I got a new machine and took the HDD, power supply, and ...
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Hardware diagnostic tool for nVidia cards?

I am thinking that my nVidia graphics card might be starting to fail, as the machine randomly locks while playing video games. Is there a (nVidia-specific) diagnostic program that can test the card ...
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How do I troubleshoot a slow hard drive?

My computer is suffering of slow-downs and I'm not surprised (it's around 6 years old). Here's what I've verified: They are not very frequent (only a couple of times a day). When they happen a ...
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How to Diagnose a Pre-Operating System Load or Hardware Issue

How can I find out if my problem is hardware based? If it is, how can I figure out what component is to blame How can I fix other pre-operating system issues? As an aside, what are all of these ...
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Windows 7 x64 installation freezes on new PC build

Symptoms While attempting to install Windows 7 (64 bit) on my new PC build, it freezes usually at the point where it is expanding the windows image, but has frozen as early as accepting the licence ...
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Can't diagnose why all of a sudden my computer is incredibly slow even though the cpu%, or mem usage doesn't change

I have had 3 operating systems(Ubuntu, Win7, Win8) on my computer and I have reformatted the drive for every new install. Sometimes all of a sudden my computer is really slow(I can barely minimize a ...
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intermittent power up failure after shut down

My desktop with ASUS P5L-MX motherboard does not immediately want to boot up whenever it is completely shut down. When the switch is pressed there are no visible lights, fan motion or anything. It ...
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What is the compaq diagnostic partition?

I have a very new Lenovo notebook but I see nowhere a compaq logo or something else. What is the compaq diagnostic partition and for what is this? Why do they use this in very new notebooks? Where ...
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Diagnose failure in Dell d630

A Dell d630 is showing signs of failure: On startup, often nothing is seen on screen. it's about 50:50 if it starts up fine or does nothing Plugging in an external monitor when nothing appeared, we ...
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Motherboard temperature reaches 124° C?

This is a brand new PC build (only a few days old.) There are plenty of fans in the case, but after a few hours of playing Skyrim, this is what Speccy reports: My usual motherboard idle temperature ...
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Increase ramdrive memory for Hiren Boot CD

Does anyone know how to increase partition for Ramdrive R: for Hiren Boot CD ? I installed a new Program with more than 64mb and I cannot run it. By default it's size in 64mb. IF not where I Could ...
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External Drive Having Issues… Best Diagnostic Hard Drive Checking Tool for OS X Lion?

I have a WD Elements drive that I use for Time Machine backups, I used Disk Utility to verify the disk, it found errors and I tried repairing it, which failed, so I reformatted the drive and it ...
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Any way to detect what is disabling the screensaver?

Is there any Windows application out there that will determine what process is preventing the screen saver from becoming active?
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How to diagnose problems with virtual machine?

My configuration is -- Linux (as host) using VirtualBox with 3 virtual machines -- all Windows: XP, Vista, Windows 7. All virtual disks are on the same partition, all worked fine until today. Today ...
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Extremely slow computer… not sure what to do next

A little over four years ago I built a PC with a Core 2 Quad Q6600 and 4GB of DDR2 800 ram. Not very good by today's standards, but it has served its purpose well. Recently (within the last two to ...
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Determine what component of my PC is broken

I was playing Skyrim and suddenly the PC froze. I had to reset it by pushing the button. On reboot the display is very weird and I can't figure out what's wrong. My guess would be the graphic card ...
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Game runs flawlessly with YouTube video running and is unplayable otherwise

This sounds crazy but I've tested this several times and it is completely reproduce-able. If a YouTube video is not running in the background Skyrim takes approximately 2 minutes to load and the ...
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Is there software for stress-testing computer displays?

I am working with a monitor in our offices that appears to have a malfunctioning DVI interface. When the monitor is in DVI mode, even with cables disconnected, there is serious ghosting, artifacts, ...
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Two hard drives: same specs, different speeds. Need to find the configuration issue

I have two nodes (with 3 dedicated data drives each) that are showing drastically different write speeds. Their 'hdparm' output looks identical and their 'hdparm -t -T' output is comparable but ...
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All domains in Windows XP refer to 1.0.0.0

Today my mother has complained about issues with the internet connection on her laptop: a few days ago, GMail worked, but today it and all other sites won't load, resulting in a "time out error". The ...
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App to spot a hurdle between a user and an http server

I'd like to know if there is a tool that can be placed on a user's computer and given a url, can diagnose if and where a block is situated in accessing a web page (with a specified port). Sort of a ...
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How to diagnose the cause of losing connections in WLAN?

Recently I brought my laptop from my work to my appartment. At work the laptop works perfectly in WLAN, but at home I have the following problems with WLAN: When streaming movie from YouTube, the ...
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Toshiba Satellite A300 won't boot, how to diagnose?

I have a Toshiba Satellite A300 19P, It was working normally a week ago, today it just won't boot. After the initial Toshiba boot logo, I get a black screen and nothing happens, I hear the computer ...
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Possibility of hard drive failure? Current Pending Sector

I have a year old WD20EADS 2TB drive and the current pending sector count was going up. When I first noticed it using HD Tune Pro, it was at 15 and over the course of a month it steadily went up to ...
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How to find out which XP version a PC has [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I determine the installed edition of Windows XP if the OS does not boot up? Without being able to boot the OS that is. I was wondering about this for awhile - I ...
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Diagnosing random system crashes; is there a better way then waiting until it crashes (or doesn't)

I've purchased a system last week and ever since, it's been behaving erratically, not posting and random freeze ups in windows when it does post (with the inability to post right after). I've stripped ...
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Meaning of RCA DCM425 Cable Modem Diagnostic Statistics

My home internet connection is provided via a DOCSIS 2.0 complaint RCA/Thomson DCM425 cable modem. As far as I can tell the DCM425 is an un-managed device, but it does provide a web interface for ...
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Windows 7 disk errors after a few hours of runtime

I'm having trouble understanding what is going on with my work PC. Whenever I boot it, it runs fine for a while, then starts to randomly show disk errors. The displayed error often contains the ...
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USB HDD Hardware Diagnostic Tools

My wife has a Western Digital My Passport Essentials USB 3.0 HDD (P/N: WDBACY5000ABL - 00) which has started to behave quite flaky lately. Particularly, it's registering as unformatted despite ...
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I always get a “scan and fix” message for external HDD, but no problem ever found (Win 7)

I have an external HDD that, when I plug it into my Windows 7 laptop, always initializes with the "do you want to scan and fix" message. I've run it a few times, but the built in Windows scanner ...
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What can I do if my dasKeyboard has dead keys?

I have an out-of-warranty dasKeyboard Professional (with Cherry MX Blue key switches). I acquired this keyboard as a new replacement in a warranty keyboard swap. Their warranty service is very slow ...
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What Is a Boot Failure 4 Digit Diagnostic Tool?

How do I use this device? Designed to troubleshoot PC boot failures, when PC doesn't even show Video Card/BIOS screen (thus no error code/info is available) 4-digit numeric display ...
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Diagnosing / Servicing A Notebook GPU

I have a GPU (a GTX 260M) that is causing windows to lockup. I was talking to a service rep from the notebook manufacturer and they said typically the technicians go through this process: Usually ...
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Seeking USB hard drive SMART diagnostic tool

I have a pair of hardrives from a RAID which was warning of degraing on a desktop machine. That machien is out of commision & whether I repeair it depands on whether I can still use 0, 1, or 2 ...
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Diagnosing PC crashes (most often while using shared folders or torrents)

For the last few weeks my PC (pretty old P4 with Windows XP SP3) has been crashing randomly. It just suddenly reboots instantaneously. It feels hardware-related but I wasn't able to determine whether ...
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How to diagnose and fix Windows Vista crash on laptop

I have a Compaq Presario CQ50, and sometimes when I am using it the system crashes with a black screen. The only way to recover is with a reboot using a button on the laptop (not via software of ...
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HP Pavilion s3020.es died - how do I diagnose, and what motherboards are compatible?

My girlfriend got an HP Pavilion s3020.es some years ago (It came with Vista). The computer suffered from a "fall to the ground from 1 meter" syndrome. As a result it doesn't boot - the beeper keeps ...
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Hardware or Software Issue?

I have had an odd problem that arose while I was watching Netflix one day. I'm operating on an older laptop which had been fine until just recently (aside from being old and slow... but that's ...
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What are Targeted Read Test / SMART Short Self Test? What do failures of them mean?

I have a Dell XPS 420, about 4 years old, out of warranty. Drive C: (and smaller partition as D:) is a Western Digital WD5000AAKS-75YGA0 ATA drive. Seems to be running well, but the Dell predictive ...
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What are the symbols in VDT's output?

I've been messing with a curses-based disk check tool in Linux called VDT (visual disk test). It puts out a nice little chart on the screen as it's going, but I have no idea what each unit of output ...
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What does Raw Read Error Rate mean in SSD SMART?

I downloaded trial version of HD Tune Pro and I'm using it to benchmark my hard drives. In Health tab of SSD I found Raw Read Error Rate property. What does this property say about my hard drive? ...
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Do these memtest86 results indicate a defective memory module?

I just ran memtest86 and I received these results (the picture is from the 4th test of the second pass): Obviously something really bad is happening. I guess that red row should not be there. Also ...
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Is my hard drive about to fail?

I hear some squeaking noises sometimes when I use my computer so I ran smartctl. This is the results: === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION === SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1 Num ...
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Bluray LightScribe drive slowly dying - any recommended fixes?

I'm getting sporadically functioning Bluray drive in my HP DV5T laptop. Anybody have any ideas that I could use to get it working again, short of replacing it? Here is the history I tried with it ...
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Using MHDD 4.6 to check hard drives

Following on from my previous post, I have run MHDD 4.6 from Hiren's Boot CD. 1) Does anyone know which commands I should be running to check the health of a drive? 2) I have run 'scan', but about ...
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Hiren's Boot CD - HDD Diagnostics

I have a bunch of hard drives which I want to sell, so am wiping them using Hiren's Boot CD. I want to check that the drives are healthy first. Can anyone recommend a tool for this? There are several ...
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Computer won't start unless power is removed for ~5 minutes

I have a fairly standard 2-year old desktop computer (quad-core intel, single hard drive, decent video card, 300W power supply) which recently started acting up. I'm not sure what the cause is, so ...
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Is there a Windows-compatible tool for finding PC specifications that displays its report in a user-friendly way? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any good tools for reporting on a computer’s specs? I'm really looking for something that will display the highlights and hide the nitty-gritty details until I ...