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are there software available, one can use to test hardware devices within a pc/laptop

this must be able to scan for bad sectors on  hard drives, memory faults, cpu temp and if possible, to see if there's any faults on mother board components.

one should be able to boot from this software, via usb or disk...

thanx
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Question by:Schoemans
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Timothy McCartney earned 400 total points
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I've used PC Doctor before, it's a pretty good all-inclusive tester. They sell kits to test I/O as well with loopback devices.

http://www.pc-doctor.com/

However there are a plethora of free utilities/boot disks that do all the tests you may need.
Memory - http://www.memtest.org/
HDD - http://www.hdat2.com/

Major Geeks has a bunch more bootable downloads as well.
http://majorgeeks.com/downloads7.html
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by:Schoemans
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thanx tracerfett, will give it a shot
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by:Timothy McCartney
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I'd like to add this to your arsenal as well.

http://fixingmycomputer.com/hardware-test/Ultimate-Boot-CD.html
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by:Neal58
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or go with the good old Ultimate Boot CD. has memtest built in, as well as hard drive tools and many others.
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by:Timothy McCartney
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Which is what I just posted a link to ;-)
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by:Neal58
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well played sir! . . . if only i was 3 mins faster and put a link in!!
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by:Timothy McCartney
ID: 37715397
Indeed! Happens to me frequently :-P But at least this way Schoemans can feel more assured that multiple techs back the same software suit.
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by:Schoemans
ID: 37715544
thanx all for the quick response...
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by:Schoemans
ID: 37715798
wait guys... send another link for ultimate boot. the previous link download Firefox only
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by:Timothy McCartney
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Should have given you that one in the first place :-P
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by:Schoemans
ID: 37715818
is this the latest version?
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by:Timothy McCartney
ID: 37715822
Yes, that is the homepage for the software. The initial link I sent was through a third party site.
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by:Schoemans
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thanx, I've downloaded v3.60... i hope this is the latest
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by:Timothy McCartney
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"Current release: 5.1.1" - This is posted on their main website.

Here is the link to their downloads page:

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html
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thanx
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by:Timothy McCartney
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You're welcome
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by:Schoemans
ID: 37716034
t, just for a little curiosity... the reason i need this app is because I'm having trouble with my windows 7 pc (proline)... posted this error yesterday but no feedback from the experts...

the pc fails to boot, shows the windows 7 logo then just restarts:
safe mode options - no avail
last know good config- no avail
proline's start-up repair- no avail
restore- no avail
reload will kill the data
windows 7 repair disk steps:
start-up repair- no avail
cmd - chkdsk /f or /r, rebuild /mbr, fixmbr - no avial
used eset recue disk via a bootable usb- updated and it did detect viruses, cleaned but no avail
bios: memory test passed cpu temp perfect... no avail
one pickup line, when the machine reaches the windows 7 start-up logo... it slowly goes off the it restarts...
please discuss this with your colleagues...thanx
please keep me updated.
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by:Timothy McCartney
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Hmm... Seems to me that you were definitely infected with something that really messed with Windows. Chances are, if you get that far in the boot process then your hardware is OK.

A: I recommend you remove the HDD and backup your data that way (hooking it up to another machine and doing a copy of all important data. BE CAREFUL as data could still be infected)
B: Did you try using the Windows 7 Installation disk to see if it could install windows without reformatting? It should prompt you saying an existing version of Windows was detected and that it will move everything into a Windows.old directory. (if you get this far, you will be safe to continue, and all old data will be available in C:\Windows.old). Also, Windows 7 install disk sometimes can perform a repair installation, correcting any issues that may be causing the boot problem.
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by:Timothy McCartney
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I always recommend a full backup prior to continuing with any other repairs.
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by:Schoemans
ID: 37716167
K, it prompts for windows.old... Does this affect the apps? Ja, I'll do a backup first
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by:Timothy McCartney
ID: 37716179
Unfortunately yes, any programs that were installed prior to this will have to be reinstalled, and any pertinent data to those apps will have to be manually relocated to the appropriate new directories.

I consider this form of 'repair' to be a dirty repair. Meaning malware traces could still remain present. If you can do a backup to a different machine, then perform a full reformat and only bring back important data, this would be best.
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by:Schoemans
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Thanx man, this info means a lot...
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by:Timothy McCartney
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No problem, is the question you had mentioned earlier still open? I could post this information there as well so you can accept an answer?
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by:Schoemans
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Ja, it's still open... More points for u. Maybe u could buzz the other questions too :)
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by:Timothy McCartney
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Hopefully I answered the right question :P but it's there for you to dispense points at your convenience :)
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