Looking for a good diagnostic program for a pc

rdefino
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I have a pc that is blue screening and hanging, so I would like to test the hardware, i.e. systemboard, cpu, memory. But all the diags I have are very old.

I tried the Hien CD and the memory test seem very old.

Anything out there that is more recent and reliable?
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Commented:
Hello rdefino...no magic bullet here, that is why its BSOD...its probably hardware..pls check the feedback in these posts..see if any relate to what you are seeing...

Blue Screen Issues and problem Identification options
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BSOD usually means hardware, so have you installed any drivers  before this started, may be worth booting up using last know good configuration.

Also worth configuring a dump to be created.

Configure a dump.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307973

DrWatsons is also quite good for this.

http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/how-do-i-create-crash-mini-dump-manually-windows-based-systems-using-dr-watson
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Lots of good utilities here:

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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One way to resolve this issue is to click the F8 key multiple times after turning the system on and before Windows starts. You should see a menu... select Last Known Good Configuration. This selection reverts you to the the last time Windows booted properly.

Let me know if this helps.
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post the minidump plse - find it in Windows\minidumps
you can copy it when the disk is connected to another PC, or if you boot from a live cd :
http://www.ubcd4win.com/                              ubcd  Win
ftp://mirrors.kernel.org/knoppix-dvd/KNOPPIX_V7.0.5DVD-2012-12-21-EN.iso      Knoppix

Also : the cd you refer to cannot be used on EE - pirated software
i suggest also to use the UBCD - mentioned above :
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD
 i suggest the UBCD  to run some diags first - to be sure about the basics
go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP : http://cdburnerxp.se/

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
 
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/                        ultimate boot cd
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html             download page

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I concur with using the Ultimate Boot CD. With the exception of some hard drives, it covers most hardware. Use process of elimination of hardware that can be unplugged. Look for bulging capacitors on the motherboard. This book helps narrow things down http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Repair-Diagnostic-Flowcharts-Third/dp/0972380183
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here is how i handle problem pc's :
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Components/Motherboards/A_1945.html                  (Short-overview-of-how-to-troubleshoot-bad-hardware-when-a-pc-does-not-post)

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