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Condition of my internal hardware, advice appreciated!


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#1 waterface

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 02:47 AM

Hi
I am wondering if there is a way of telling the ware & condition of the internal hardware of my pc!
I rely on it for my studies & am worried it may go caput at any moment! I use it for on average 5-6 hours a day & leave it on stand bye when not in use!

I'm writing this now, as i have noticed when i stream film/music, my fans (cpu, i dunno) increase in noise & sometimes of late, web pages seem to be slower to scroll down!

I have a Compaq Evo, small form factor. I have had a look inside, it looks a little crammed in there but there seems no sign of dust.

I am wondering if there is any way of finding out the ware of vital components & impending failure!!

Many thanks

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 07:08 PM

I don't think anything is failing, if it was, you would probably be getting BSOD's (Blue Screens of Death) or more severe issues.

You could look around at the motherboard capacitors, and see if any look like they are bulging and/or leaking electrolytes (it would be very noticeable though, and there will probably be some that are bent a little which is normal). However, I doubt they are, because like I said above, you would probably be having worse problems.

The slowing could be a heat issue, like you said, those cases aren't very well-ventilated. Also, once you're doing more demanding tasks like watching videos, the processor will heat up more. I'm not sure if it will work with a retail computer like yours, but I use coretemp to check my processor temperatures:http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

If I were you, I would just back up my important data, and if signs get worse, then start worrying.
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 07:22 PM

there seems no sign of dust.

The spot that collects dust, that causes the most problems is hard to see.
It's underneath the CPU fan between the heatsink fins
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#4 waterface

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 07:25 PM

Yeh cheers Sterling, i'll check out that link, i just noticed of late, especially when i run an anti spyware programme etc or youtube , i get the noise!!
You got any good ideas on how to backup router stuff etc as it gets hot & if it failed, it would hit the fan! I guess they last ages & are hard hardware so i guess i'm stressing over nothing as usual!!

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 07:35 PM

Your router shouldn't need backing up, the settings are saved onto the router itself.

I'm talking about music, pictures, school work, or anything else saved on your computer. If you don't have a lot of this stuff saved, you could use a little usb flash drive. If you have many gigabytes of information that needs backing up, you may want to get an external hard drive. You could also burn the information to CD's or DVD's.

Also, you should check for dust around and under the heatsink like garmanma suggested :thumbsup: .
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:30 AM

Hi
Yeh, i'm sure my pc has life in yet & as you say, i'd see or notice things happening, like a deterioration!!
I do have things on a usb stick, it's just knowing how to extend its life by cleaning the inside etc & not being too savvy with going inside, is there anything i shouldn't do to wear it out, like keeping it on stand bye too long, streaming things, having too many applications open at once etc to go easy on it!

Router!!, i know it has settings, i wonder if there's ways of saving them somehow as my mate set it up for me & i'm unsure of how to do it!!, i have another one & if this went wrong, i'd like to quickly transfer the settings over!!
Its a Siemens wireless router!!, but i'm using a wired connection as my pc doesn't do wireless!!

wf

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:01 AM

Instructions for setting up any router...are generally available on the Web at the site of the router manufacturer.

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