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Potential Hardware Problem?


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#1 RockerBug17

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:23 PM

In light of having several BSOD I decided to do a factory restore to my PC. I also removed and cleaned many dusty parts within my PC. However, the problems I had prior to the factory restore seem to have persisted. My TV card pops and glitches when viewing live or recorded TV. I thought this may have been due to a HDD problem, but after a scan with Lifeguard Diagnostic, totaling 21 hours, my HDD seems to be in working order. My music notation software also glitches horribly when I have FireFox in the background, which was never the case before. Other than that, start up of my PC is RIDICULOUSLY slow. All of these problems began before I performed a factory restore, so my best guess is there's a hardware problem.

My PC is old (5+ years) and has practically been on the entire time. I'm guessing that is starting to take it's toll.

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 12:32 AM

Slow boot times would point to a Memory problem. I would start by running Memtest 86.

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 04:44 AM

Here's a little help with Memtest86...

A. If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-....iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-....iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-....iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.

The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 12:45 AM

dc3, I tried both methods to no avail. Each stick of RAM was able to boot my PC own it's own AND I made 40 passes with MemTest86+ with 0 errors. I'm out of ideas as to what is causing my problem.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 01:19 PM

<<...but after a scan with Lifeguard Diagnostic, totaling 21 hours,>>

Unless you have a hard drive much larger than any stated capacity I'm aware of...that time period is at least 3 or more times what it should have been, IMO.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 05:35 PM

You got that right, lol. Even though the 21 hour Lifeguard scan of my 250 Western Digital WD2500JD showed no errors or bad sectors, I still believe I've got a HDD issue. I'm basing that on my TV card glitches. My understanding is my particular TV card records a few seconds of data onto the HDD and plays back from there instead of streaming the directly from my TV source. If the drive is beginning to fail I would think this would be a good indication, I just don't have anyway to definitively prove my theory.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 10:40 PM

I just ran Passmark's Performance Test 7.0. I really believe that my HDD is beginning to fail based off the results but would like a second opinion. I was able to find past benchmark results for my system using Performance Test 7.0 and if I am reading the results correctly, my HDD has seen a 1000% decrease in performance since the last time I submitted a benchmark to Passmark.




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