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Windows 7: random BSOD hardware problem?

20 Dec 2009   #11
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

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21 Dec 2009   #12
blackt

Windows 7
 
 

Will I be able to put this onto a usb drive or cd and use it to boot? I don't have a floppy drive.
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21 Dec 2009   #13
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Yes, but you'll have to read up on how to do that.
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22 Dec 2009   #14
blackt

Windows 7
 
 

So I tried running Prim95 and my machine blue screens immediately after starting a test, does this narrow it down to a cpu problem?
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23 Dec 2009   #15
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

No, but it does make it pretty sure that you've got a hardware issue.
Now you've gotta decide how to spend your money.
A replacement CPU or a replacement motherboard (or a new system?)
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23 Dec 2009   #16
blackt

Windows 7
 
 

Is there any way I can try and figure out which is the problem? I'd rather replace the processor because that would be easier than replacing the entire board, but I'd hate to buy a new one only to find out it was the motherboard.

On a side note, is there something I could have done that caused the damage? or was it just bad luck? I just put the system together less than a year ago, kind of bummed it crapped out on me so quick.

Thanks for all the help you guys.
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24 Dec 2009   #17
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You could have caused the damage, a power surge could have caused the damage (even with a surge protector under certain circumstances), or it just could have died.

If it's been less than a year, could the parts still be under warranty? Either from the reseller or the manufacturer?

Here's some steps that may help w/hardware troubleshooting: Hardware Troubleshooting Via System Stripdown

It's unfortunate, but there just aren't any tests that you can run (other than hard drive and memory) that'll tell you if your hardware is OK or not. Even the diag's that Dell builds into some of it's systems aren't a thorough diagnostic.

Stress tests, like the Prime95 program, will cause your system to crash (which is sort of a hardware test) - but that doesn't give you a firm decision for purchasing parts.

There's 2 ways to fix computers:
- do it yourself
- have someone else do it

If you do it yourself, you're bound to accumulate a lot of spare parts over time (I've got 5 older, retired computers at my house - along with the 9 working ones - and an attic/work area full of spare parts).
If you have someone else do it, they'll have accumulated the spare parts already - but they'll charge you for the testing.

Good luck!
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