Originally posted by AnthraX
One of the hardest things to diagnose? Please read my earlier post. I have to agree with you there for certain issues, but most commonly, this is quite easy to diagnose.
I think he may be asking this metaphorically to help expand his skills. If not, my bad.
It is, name the problems that are harder. Its not that big of a deal once you've been around for a while, but a random problem that only pops up once every couple of days is hard to find without the BSOD popping up with the cause of your problem. The less frequent it happens the harder it is to find the problem. Then its the question of which one of how many things could be causing this particular error, its not always going to be power, or the cpu getting too hot, or ram. I once had a network card half burn out and would freeze every time it got inited(granted it wasn't hard to diagnose). My point is it could be varity of different things, and appling a single solution isn't going to work. Doing what you said were all good places to start, but limiting the problem to that point only serves to end up replacing hardware that isn't the fault, even if it might fix the problem in the short term.
Yeah I know he said to build his own knowledge, but that sort of question is sort of a cause and effect thing. He probably had some type of problem, which either someone else fixed, or he had to pay to have fixed. Usually someone who askes 'how would' is usually the person who no longer has the problem but would like to know how to fix it next time it occurs. Its rare that someone would just ask this out of the blue.