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Windows 7: Hardware Check

15 Jul 2015   #1
TONPumper

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Hardware Check

Recently, my computer has seemed a bit slower and just last night while watching a YouTube video, the video froze, the monitor went black and came back on but the video was black and the buttons in FF did not load properly. I researched the error online and many people were stating that the issue could be with the PSU. I had this error before at my old apartment, but it seemed to be caused by my graphics driver because when I updated it, the problem was fixed.

I am paranoid that my hardware is getting old and that I will have to do research to find compatible equipment--I don't want to spend money on hardware that works fine. The problem is I don't know the signs or how to tell which hardware needs replaced and which hardware I can keep. I just purchased my CPU last year so I don't think it would be causing an issue, but if my MOBO is the problem, I may need to get a new CPU.


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16 Jul 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Is this happening every time, once a day or just happened once?
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16 Jul 2015   #3
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

First off can yo ufill in your system specs as linked in my signature, at the moment we have no idea what hardware you have. Following that there is a list of stress and diagnostic tests detailed below, feel free to perform them at your own convenience if you wish.

warning   Warning
If you're overclocking your system, revert back to stock clocks now.

Note   Note
Test the system once the overclock is removed before continuing with the steps outlined below.


Part One: CPU Stress Test
Part Two: MemTest86+ RAM Diagnostic
Part Three: Hard Drive Diagnostics
Part Four: GPU Stress Test




Hardware Check ONE Hardware Check
 CPU TEST

Run Prime95 to stress test your CPU. Hardware - Stress Test With Prime95

warning   Warning
Your CPU temperatures will rise quickly while under this stress test. Keep a keen eye on them and abort the test if overheating occurs.





Hardware Check TWO Hardware Check
 RAM TEST

Run MemTest86+ to analyse your RAM. RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Note   Note


MemTest86+ needs to be run for at least 8 passes for conclusive results. Set it running before you go to bed and leave it overnight. We're looking for zero errors here. Even a single error will indicate RAM failure.





Hardware Check THREE Hardware Check
 HDD TEST

Run SeaTools to check the integrity of your HDD. SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

Note   Note
Do not run SeaTools on an SSD as the results will be invalid.


Run chkdsk Disk Check




Hardware Check FOUR Hardware Check
 GPU TEST

Run Furmark to stress test your GPU. Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

Note   Note
Run Furmark for around 30 minutes.
warning   Warning
Your GPU temperatures will rise quickly while Furmark is running. Keep a keen eye on them and abort the test if overheating occurs.
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16 Jul 2015   #4
TONPumper

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Is this happening every time, once a day or just happened once?
It just happened that one time. I haven't had a chance to test it recently.

I've updated my system info to the best of my knowledge.
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16 Jul 2015   #5
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

To be honest I wouldn't worry much about it until it happens again soon. Otherwise Boozad's advice is what I would do.
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16 Jul 2015   #6
TONPumper

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

What's the average lifespan of each piece of hardware? (CPU, RAM, HDD, MOBO, PSU, GPU)
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16 Jul 2015   #7
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

There's no real answer for any of those to be honest.
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16 Jul 2015   #8
TONPumper

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Should I post the results from each test when I get a chance to run them?
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16 Jul 2015   #9
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

You can yeah, someone will let you know if all is good.
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17 Jul 2015   #10
TONPumper

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So last night when I got home from work, I went to "wake" my display, but when I moved the mouse or pressed a key, nothing happened; the monitor display remained off. I had to do a hard reboot and everything was fine.
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