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Windows 7: Power loss, and Windows tools for analyzing possible damage?

15 Jul 2010   #1

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Power loss, and Windows tools for analyzing possible damage?

Hi everyone,

Sorry if this thread is too non-specific or stupid, but I've just run across an unsettling problem and I was hoping to get some advice.

Today some maintenance personnel were working on my bathroom in my apartment. I stepped out to take care of some errands while they worked. I put my computer into sleep mode (NOT hibernation - Actually sleep mode). When I got home, I realized that all of the clocks were flashing "12:00" and my computer was powered off.

When I talked to the maintenance crew, they said that they had encountered a problem in the bathroom and caused a short. This, in turn, tripped the breaker that my computer room was on, which they then reset. This means that my computer, at minimum, experienced a hard power loss while running. It may or may not have experienced a surge (!), though it is on a surge protector. And the surge protector did not have its safety lights lit to indicate a surge.

Unfortunately, since using the computer I'm noticing a lot of oddities. I played some TF2 to unwind, and for the first time ever it crashed. My Video Card got stuck in "uplocked/3D" mode. Web browsing was slower than I'm used to, and overall it seemed like the computer picked up a lot of 'chugging' where it hadn't before.

Is there some method to diagnose the general health and well being of my computer in windows? Are there tools beyond CHKDSK that I can run to locate problems that may have occurred as a result of a power surge? I'm concerned that the power loss damaged my components significantly, and I'm not sure how to diagnose the problem or determine if it's all in my head.

Here are my specs, if that's important:

Windows 7 Pro x64
i7 core 920 CPU
eVGA x58 mobo
eVGA GTX 275 Video Card (197.13 drivers)
Corsair 850 W PSU

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

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15 Jul 2010   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

I'm not aware of any diagnostics that are specific to your situation, but there are plenty that may be of use, such as SFC /scannow, System Restore and if you suspect any particular hardware device, there are so many diagnostics available, that it would be difficult to recommend any particular one, but a few are CPU-Z, Memtest86, Harddrive Tune and many others. Which, if any of these to use would depend on the situation encountered. Be sure to check you defrag.
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