The tag has no wiki summary.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

33
votes
4answers
5k views

When to stop using a hard drive? What rules/software apply?

When having a old hard disk - when should you stop using it ? I recently got a new 1 TB hard disk, and am left with 3 old hard drives (320 GB, 250GB, 160 GB). I am now wondering which of them to ...
19
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
11
votes
6answers
42k views

Util to check external USB Drive health? [closed]

I tried a few utils and none of them worked. Either USB wasnt supported or the drive was 'recognized'. I am trying to figure out if i should dump the drive or not. Its only a year old but the warranty ...
10
votes
2answers
25k views

How to get results from Memory Diagnostics Tool?

I ran the Memory Diagnostics Tool in Windows 7 64 bit. I have 16G RAM. It reported hardware problems. This is a new system with new memory. When the system rebooted I was expecting an icon in the task ...
8
votes
3answers
5k views

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?
7
votes
7answers
2k views

What's making my disk thrash in Windows XP?

I have a sick Windows XP laptop; something's making the disk thrash and the entire system is sluggish to unresponsive a few minutes after boot. How do I figure out what is making the disk thrash? Task ...
7
votes
5answers
24k views

iPhone log reader

I went to the apple store today to discuss a problem with my iPhone battery, and they plugged it into one of their macs and used an application that interpreted the logs stored on my phone. So, my ...
7
votes
9answers
667 views

How can I determine a computer's specs? [closed]

I have a client who has a computer they want to upgrade. They are unable to tell me the specs of this computer and they're not the type of person I could walk it through with. Ideally, I'd like to ...
7
votes
4answers
1k views

What's that web browser diagnostic site?

A while ago I ran across a web site that prints basic diagnostic information, such as what browser you're using and whether cookies / Javascript are enabled. What was that site? (Or do you know of a ...
7
votes
2answers
5k views

How to prevent Chrome from refreshing page when viewing source?

When viewing page source in Google Chrome, the browser opens a new tab and basically pastes the URL in with the view-source: prefix. This is undesirable. As a developer, I may include some diagnostic ...
7
votes
2answers
6k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
503 views

PC fails to boot after a knock to the top of its case

I accidentally knocked off a small block of fools' gold on-top of my computer case, but didn't actually hit anything inside (since the case was open), and now the computer is having serious stability ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

Read/WRITE/Verify disk diagnostic tool for Mac OS X?

It seems that there are many tools out there for Mac OS X that test a hard drive for bad blocks by doing a Read/Verify pass. That is, they read a block, then read it a second time, and verify that ...
5
votes
3answers
9k views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
191 views

HD failure questions

I recently had one of my home PC hard drives fail. It was in a striped raid, so I had to rebuild the raid (no data lost, only the OS partition was there). Is there any way to diagnose exactly what ...
5
votes
2answers
8k views

How to find out what is running on localhost port

I have something running at port 9090 on my local machine. It's probably something I set up long ago and forgot about... how can I find out what it is? I am using Windows 8.
5
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
17k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
11k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
87 views

99% CPU on Win8.1, Can't find offending process

For the last several weeks my laptop is running at 99% CPU, and have been unable to find the offending process. Task manager shows 99%, with no one process using all the CPU, it cycles between ...
4
votes
0answers
850 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
8k views

How-to determine the number of physical CPUs under both Windows and Linux

When running cat /proc/cpuinfo under Linux, a variety information is kicked-back. For example: > cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 15 model ...
3
votes
1answer
381 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
9k views

How can I quickly diagnose hardware on a Mac?

I'm buying a second-hand iMac tomorrow and the guy's coming to my house to complete the deal. As is standard, I'd like to check the system and make sure it all works properly before buying. Is ...
3
votes
3answers
9k views

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? ...
3
votes
2answers
738 views

Debugging Wine, Windows Emulator for Linux

I frequently want to run a windows app (usually a game) on my linux machines, the best way to do this is via wine, the windows emulator. The problem is that this is quite difficult to do. The apps ...
3
votes
1answer
268 views

How do I fix “hard freezing” issue when running games?

About 3 or 4 day's ago, while my roommate was playing a game on my computer that I had played plenty before, randomly hard froze. After rebooting and trying the game again, the same thing happened ...
3
votes
2answers
16k views

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 ...
3
votes
5answers
8k views

Capturing Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) screen [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: PC Blue Screens and then instantly reboots. How do I stop this or find the error later? Sometimes I get a BSOD screen for a split second and I have no chance to see the ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Identify and repair/replace faulting component in LCD monitor

At present, I have 4 dead or dying-to-the-point-of-being-useless LCD monitors that I'd like to diagnose and fix. They're all 28" 1920x1200 monitors, of various ages. I seem to go through one every 2 ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

Recommendations for hardware diagnostic software (bootable)? [closed]

Can anyone recommend hardware diagnostic tools that can be run from a bootable CD? My situation is I have a machine that I built a couple of weeks ago. I loaded windows 7 RC (64 bit) on it, and it ...
3
votes
0answers
441 views

Did I brick my pogoplug?

I just received a POGO-P21 and followed the archlinux installation instructions. Got to step 12 without any trouble or error message. Rebooted the device, and now it won't come up. Good news: ...
3
votes
0answers
128 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

Slow network at home, how can I diagnose?

My home network has become incredibly slow over the past few days (access to the internet that is) Takes around 5 minutes to load a web page, if at all. Online games are constantly disconnecting. I ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

How do I know if DirectX is using hardware acceleration or software rendering?

Is there any DirectX diagnostcs tool which will allow me to understand if Graphics acceleration from my GPU is actually working or software rendering is kicking-in instead? I ask this because If I go ...
2
votes
2answers
122 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
98 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
501 views

How would you diagnose an integrated network card that doesn't show up on the device list?

I've been setting up a server based around a Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R motherboard (G33, PCH9R with integrated Realtek 811B network device. I've enabled it in the BIOS, but it doesn't show up in the ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How to enable Windows diagnostic / descriptive / detailed startup mode that shows what it's doing?

During the boot process, Windows normally displays that monolithic "Logging on.." screen. There's a way to switch it to show what's going on behind the scenes, (e.g., connecting to network, running ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

Intel Driver update utility

I am trying to run the Intel Driver Update Utility but in Opera, Firefox and Chrome I get nothing, while in IE8 the pllugin is installed and when it runs it gives an error "" The NTVDM CPU has ...
2
votes
3answers
126 views

Is my HDD on the verge of failing?

I have a 10 year old machine that I'm using as a small home theater server, and would like to know if the HDD is about to fail. I ran the following smartctl --all test and some of the error values ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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, ...
2
votes
1answer
482 views

Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware?

Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware? Ideally I'd like to take it with me to a second hand shop, boot it up and run a quick round of diagnostics on hardware. It must have both ...
2
votes
1answer
327 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
252 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Looking for Driver Diagnostic and Repair Software

Greetings, I am currently plagued with BSODS on startup (both normal and safe mode) for my XP Pro. After much troubleshooting I have determined it is a driver problem. However, because I cannot ...
2
votes
2answers
487 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...