Hardware diagnostic programs?

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  1. Swerve

    Swerve OT Supporter

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    Back in the early 90's we used to have a program we ran on machines to test the hardware was OK.

    Just had a quick Google and it seems some similar programs still exist. I'm hoping to be getting my hands on a second hand laptop in a couple weeks, so would like to run some tests on the machine before I hand over the cash.

    So basically I'm wondering if anyone has used any such programs recently, and which ones are the best. Free/open source programs ideally, but others if especially good.

    I can't for the life of me remember the name of the program we used to use, we just called it the 'diags disc',lol.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chris

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    seagate seatools will test the hdd. memtest86+ will test the memory. If it has a working windows install, use prime95 to stress the cpu and test thermals.
     
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    Other than that, Device Manager can tell you if something isn't working right. Most of the once-obvious stuff (IRQs, DMAs, memory holes) is all handled automagically now, so it's pretty much down to bad drivers and good old-fashioned broken parts.
     
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