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    Question ? How to test run a new computer ?

    I have been out of touch with the computer world for the past couple years, but I remember there were benchmarking/stability tools to burn-in a computer that you could let run for 24Hrs or whatever to push the computer to it's limits and test the system stability.

    I just got my new laptop and I would like to test it's stability before too much time goes on.

    Any responses are appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Again, what I am more concerned with is the stability testers. I can find benchmark tools... most of which you have to pay for.



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    I remember a tool with a name like "Burn in test" which did as you described..

    I used to use PCTools from Eurosoft this is not a cheap toy for home/personal use.. (The reason why I dont use it..change of employment.. the cost was outside my budget...donations gratefully accepted)
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    Hi, not sure if these meet your requirements?

    http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/

    And this:

    http://www.lavalys.com/

    LEXavier old chap, might I respectfully suggest that you have been "out" for too long............err I don't think that people seriously concern themselves with the "stability" of a laptop these days.

    Anyways, if this thing is unstable, what will your employers do about it? and if you are self employed, what will you do about it?.............

    Please consider the logical implications before answering.

    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
    As long as you did this to one of these, the least of my little ones............you did it unto Me.
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    Hi Lex,

    For system information/identification and diagnostics:

    Belarc Advisor,
    Hardware & software information retrieval & stress tester
    Click HERE

    CDCheck,
    Utility for the prevention, detection and recovery of damaged files on CD-ROMs...
    Click HERE

    CPU-Z,
    Utility for the processor information retrieval...
    Click HERE

    EVEREST Home Edition,
    Hardware & software information retrieval
    - NOTE: Free version discontinued
    Click HERE

    SiSoft Sandra,
    Hardware & software information retrieval & stress tester
    Click HERE

    MemTest,
    Memory testing utility
    Click HERE

    Memtest86+,
    Memory testing utility
    Click HERE

    Windows Memory Diagnostic,
    Microsoft memory testing utility
    Click HERE

    PC Pitstop Disk Health
    Disk health test

    Prime 95
    Processor stress testing utility

    FutureMark
    Home of 3DMark03

    Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder,
    Product/CD key locator for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Office 97, and Office XP.
    Click HERE

    Retrieve your XP Product Key [CD Key],
    Product/CD key locator for WindowsXP.
    Click HERE


    BTW, thats a nice lappy

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    Originally posted here by nihil
    LEXavier old chap, might I respectfully suggest that you have been "out" for too long............err I don't think that people seriously concern themselves with the "stability" of a laptop these days.

    Anyways, if this thing is unstable, what will your employers do about it? and if you are self employed, what will you do about it?.............

    Please consider the logical implications before answering.
    Wow... I wasn't aware that it was no longer something sort of recommended to do. This laptop is a desktop-replacement gaming/work computer.

    I work for the DoD and they could care less about my gaming computer

    If something IS wrong with it, I will send it back. It just arrived yesterday and I have 30 days before I can see whether the hardware is compatible with each other or if it is going to randomly give me the dreaded blue screen of death.

    I personaly thought it was still a concern because of the fact that one of my coworkers just bought a system from cyberpowersystem.com (DON'T GO THERE) and he kept getting the blue screen of death every so often and the problem was surely not software he installed. Then when he would play some games it would just restart and it wasn't overheating.

    I remember back in the day if you had hardware X and hardware Y installed, they may not be compatible and it would create system crashes... if this is no longer the case then wow, I'm behind the times.

    I thank everyone for their input so far.
    Forever Alive,
    LEXavier

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    Hi LEXavier ,

    I guess that we have gotten sloppy? I well remember "back then"

    I build OEM stuff for people. If it comes back faulty then I have to fix it at my expense (OK I get the parts replaced but not my time).

    I Use Everest and SiSoft SANDRA; then do a 72 hour soak test with SETI or Folding@Home.

    I notice that the fall in price has been accompanied with a fall in quality. Much more stuff goes wrong, but I think that you are pretty safe given that it is a new brand name box?..............

    Leave it running (but NOT connected to the internet) for a few days. Most stuff will crap out in 72 hours if it is going to.

    As it is a laptop, prop it up off the table so that there is decent airflow ( and French Polishing is damned expensive )

    A few tools have been suggested..........................

    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
    As long as you did this to one of these, the least of my little ones............you did it unto Me.
    What profiteth a man if he gains the entire World at the expense of his immortal soul?

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