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Hardware Scanning For Problems

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#1 BillieGail


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Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:19 AM

I am looking for a site that will scan my PC and tell me exactly what is wrong with my hardware. My video card is going out, I think and I'd like to know if that is the problem before buying another one. I can go to Gateway and get the exact card that I need, but I'd really like to know ahead of time.
Do any of you know of a place like that?

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:45 AM

I've never really come across an all-in-one software diagnostic package that could diagnose any and all hardware errors. Closest I've seen has been the PC-Doctor bootable diag that HP leases for their warranty work, and even that's not exactly comprehensive.

There are a few individual tests you can run that will help you narrow things down, though. Hard drive and RAM have reliable tests you can run to verify they're working properly. HD Tune and the IBM/Hitachi Drive Fitness Test are good universal hard drive diagnostics. I prefer Memtest+ to check RAM integrity. Both the DFT and Memtest+ are available on the Ultimate Boot CD, I highly recommend burning a copy of that and tucking it away in your CD collection.

If you think it's a problem with your video card, try loading programs that will stress the card and see what happens. (What makes you think it's the card, BTW?) 3D game demos are handy for this.
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 11:17 AM

Start > Run > type dxdiag and press the <Enter> key.
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 11:25 AM

Why not give us a chance to help you diagnose you problem and help with suggetions. Please let us know what make and model you computer is, and what problem you are experiencing.

As for purchasing a video card from Gateway, you will pay a premium price from Gateway, I would suggest looking for a video card from either Newegg or Tiger Ditect.

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