faulty pc, what diagnostics software can i use

  stephen0205 17:30 16 Apr 2007

i have a desktop with the following specs

pentium 4 3.0ghz
1gd ddr2
256mb nvida geforce 6200
socket 775 motherboard
dvd rw
belkin wifi dongle
tv tuner
200gb ide hard drive

and it runs fast when it works but has a habbit of freezing and using windows repair dosent fix it , i had a post with suggestions on how to fix it well id ike to know some gd software to test the hardware in the pc and check if everything is ok. please help me.

  wee eddie 17:45 16 Apr 2007

When did you last clean the dust out of it?

What are you hoping that these "Tests" will show you?

  spuds 18:35 16 Apr 2007

When was the last time that you gave the computer a good 'spring clean'?.

You could download and use the following software programmes Advanced Window Care click here , CCleaner click here RegScrubXP click here

Then perhaps a defrag or/and CHKDSK check, and see if they help!.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:50 16 Apr 2007

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
Windows Defender click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:50 16 Apr 2007

2. Hardware

a) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

b) Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

  citadel 19:00 16 Apr 2007

on your previous post did anyone suggest getting a new psu. a faulty psu can cause random freezes with no error messages.

  hzhzhzhz 19:01 16 Apr 2007

Remove the cpu fan and blow or suck the dust from between the heatsink fins.

  mocha 19:03 16 Apr 2007

Starting from the top 1gb ddr2 :- check if ram is ok, this should be done outside of computer, but in real world use this utility click here scroll down till you find download utilities, use the one that suites you. Do Not use a windows based ram checker as windows takes up so much ram that is protected that they are next to useless. If you have a floppy drive select - Download - Pr-Compiled package for floppy (Dos - Win)

Check on the Graphic's card WEB site for latest driver's for your card

Check on your motherboard WEB site for latest drivers for your specific motherboard.

If your running fast applications like games, if it freezes restart straight away and go into BIOS setting and see what temperature your CPU and Motherboard are running at:-

CPU average 50 deg. C
Motherboard 30 deg. C

Let us know what your findings are.

Good Luck.

  stephen0205 19:57 16 Apr 2007

thanks for the interest, em the pc has a fresh win xp pro install ( legal ) and it has been cleaned out inside all fans processor and everything ealse, em the hard drive is more or less empty, 170 gb of free space and it still freezes after i tried all of the above, think i might need to replace the cpu.

i was looking for software to tell me that something was faulty ad thats whats causing all the problems.

  skidzy 20:08 16 Apr 2007

If you have followed all the above advice and still no joy,i would guess you have a failing psu or overheating.

Does the heatsink spin ?
Does the psu fan spin ?
Have you tried another psu ?
What did the Bios temp readings show ?
How long did you run Memtest for and how many errors did it report if any ?

Have you run your AV and Antispyware apps ?

Something to try click here (reg opt version) this will correct only 10 errors at any one time under the free version,but you can carry on scanning and repairing.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:18 16 Apr 2007

FReeezing PC

1. Overheat due to faulty / blocked fans

2. PSU voltages

3. Household power surges fridge etc switching on/off

4. faulty memory stick try memtest click here

5. virus or spyware scan for both especially if shutting down with in a few minutes of switch on or internet use

6. driver conflicts especially grahics cards get the latest drivers for your equipment

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