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Any programs to test if computer parts are dying?

#1DisastersaurusPosted 4/20/2014 12:58:00 PM
I'm getting frequent PC lockups, from 15-50 seconds or so at a time every 30-40 minutes, and I've ruled out almost every possible software culprit. Are there programs I can use to test if my CPU, GPU, HDD, etc are okay?

Also, is there a chance windows itself might be messing up?
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#2Master_BassPosted 4/20/2014 1:00:54 PM
You might want to try a clean install of Windows. You could always make a image of your current installation of Windows and revert back to it if it doesn't help.
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#3WerdnAndreWPosted 4/20/2014 1:20:48 PM
I would test in this order:

RAM - Memtest

CPU - Prime95

HDD - Check the manufacturers website for any health tools or you can use a HDD benchmark. S.M.A.R.T is another way of looking at your drives health.

GPU - any game benchmark, run in a loop
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#4Disastersaurus(Topic Creator)Posted 4/20/2014 1:47:32 PM
Alright, thanks. Now, I have two hard drives, an SSD and an HDD. If I do a clean install of windows, should I wipe the HDD too or is it likely not problematic?
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#5WerdnAndreWPosted 4/20/2014 1:51:14 PM
It won't matter if you format the HDD.
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#6thegreatsquarePosted 4/20/2014 1:59:17 PM
GPU memory test:
http://www.technibble.com/repair-tool-of-the-week-video-memory-stress-test/

Windows comes with a memory test for the CPU's RAM

HDtune for HDD/SDD
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#7Disastersaurus(Topic Creator)Posted 4/20/2014 2:00:12 PM
I'm doing Prime95, and "Worker #2" had a Fatal Error. Can anyone tell me what this means?

"[Sun Apr 20 15:51:00 2014]
FATAL ERROR: Rounding was 0.5, expected less than 0.4
Hardware failure detected, consult stress.txt file.
"

Can't find the stress.txt file though.
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#8WerdnAndreWPosted 4/20/2014 2:02:55 PM(edited)
Prime95 stresses the cpu and memory so you need to test the memory first using memtest. Is your cpu overclocked?
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#9Disastersaurus(Topic Creator)Posted 4/20/2014 2:05:11 PM
I'm trying, but I can't figure out how to download/run memtest. It keeps trying to create a boot drive.
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#10WerdnAndreWPosted 4/20/2014 2:09:03 PM(edited)
Download the one labeled
Download - Auto-installer for USB Key (Win 9x/2k/xp/7) *NEW!*

This one you can install onto a flash drive and boot from. Just know that its going to take a good while to test the memory so its best to run it overnight.
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