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Old 11-07-2007, 11:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question notebook inspection..

hello guys..
am planning to have a new computer this Christmas preferably notebook..
i want to get any idea on how to inspect it..
example if it was loaded with linux, windows xp or dos, how can i check if its peripherals are operating properly? (i.e. RAM, CPU..etc.)

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Old 11-08-2007, 04:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would probably use a burn-in / stress-test / benchmark program, and run it for as long as possible. Failed hardware might not always make itself known when it's idle, so firing it up to full speed is a good way to tell if the hardware is functioning properly, because that's usually the time it will complain (crash).

Prime95 (CPU), MemTest86 (Memory), and 3DMark (Video) are probably the standard applications that most geeks here use for extreme stability testing. A good how-to article (though a little outdated) is available here:
Guidelines for Thorough Stability Testing - Overclockers Forums

For small benchmarks and analysis, you could just use an all-in-one program called PCWizard 2008. It's not great for stress-testing, but it is good for hardware analysis and getting system info. You can download it here:
http://www.cpuid.com/download/pcw2008_v180.exe

Have fun with your new notebook!
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ok thanks..
that is what i really need.
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