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Computers Identify Which Hardware Component is Failing

How to Identify Which Hardware Component is Failing in Your Computer

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Concluding that your computer has a hardware problem is just the first step. If youíre dealing with a hardware issue and not a software issue, the next step is determining what hardware problem youíre actually dealing with.

If you purchased a laptop or pre-built desktop PC and itís still under warranty, you donít need to care about this. Have the manufacturer fix the PC for you ó figuring it out is their problem.
If youíve built your own PC or you want to fix a computer thatís out of warranty, this is something youíll need to do on your own.


Blue Screen 101: Search for the Error Message

This may seem like obvious advice, but searching for information about a blue screenís error message can help immensely. Most blue screens of death youíll encounter on modern versions of Windows will likely be caused by hardware failures. The blue screen of death often displays information about the driver that crashed or the type of error it encountered.

For example, letís say you encounter a blue screen that identified ďNV4_disp.dllĒ as the driver that caused the blue screen. A quick Google search will reveal that this is the driver for NVIDIA graphics cards, so you now have somewhere to start. Itís possible that your graphics card is failing if you encounter such an error message.

Check Hard Drive SMART Status

Hard drives have a built in S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature. The idea is that the hard drive monitors itself and will notice if it starts to fail, providing you with some advance notice before the drive fails completely. This isnít perfect, so your hard drive may fail even if SMART says everything is okay.

If you see any sort of ďSMART errorĒ message, your hard drive is failing. You can use SMART analysis tools to view the SMART health status information your hard drives are reporting.

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Test Your RAM


RAM failure can result in a variety of problems. If the computer writes data to RAM and the RAM returns different data because itís malfunctioning, you may see application crashes, blue screens, and file system corruption.
To test your memory and see if itís working properly, use Windowsí built-in Memory Diagnostic tool
. The Memory Diagnostic tool will write data to every sector of your RAM and read it back afterwards, ensuring that all your RAM is working properly.





Check Heat Levels


How hot is is inside your computer? Overheating can rsult in blue screens, crashes, and abrupt shut downs. Your computer may be overheating because youíre in a very hot location, itís ventilated poorly, a fan has stopped inside your computer, or itís full of dust.
Your computer monitors its own internal temperatures and you can access this information. Itís generally available in your computerís BIOS, but you can also view it with system information utilities such as SpeedFan or Speccy. Check your computerís recommended temperature level and ensure itís within the appropriate range.
If your computer is overheating, you may see problems only when youíre doing something demanding, such as playing a game that stresses your CPU and graphics card. Be sure to keep an eye on how hot your computer gets when it performs these demanding tasks, not only when itís idle.




Stress Test Your CPU


You can use a utility like Prime95 to stress test your CPU. Such a utility will fore your computerís CPU to perform calculations without allowing it to rest, working it hard and generating heat. If your CPU is becoming too hot, youíll start to see errors or system crashes.
Overclockers use Prime95 to stress test their overclock settings ó if Prime95 experiences errors, they throttle back on their overclocks to ensure the CPU runs cooler and more stable. Itís a good way to check if your CPU is stable under load.





Stress Test Your Graphics Card


Your graphics card can also be stress tested. For example, if your graphics driver crashes while playing games, the games themselves crash, or you see odd graphical corruption, you can run a graphics benchmark utility like 3DMark. The benchmark will stress your graphics card and, if itís overheating or failing under load, youíll see graphical problems, crashes, or blue screens while running the benchmark.
If the benchmark seems to work fine but you have issues playing a certain game, it may just be a problem with that game.




Swap it Out

Not every hardware problem is easy to diagnose. If you have a bad motherboard or power supply, their problems may only manifest through occasional odd issues with other components. Itís hard to tell if these components are causing problems unless you replace them completely.
Ultimately, the best way to determine whether a component is faulty is to swap it out. For example, if you think your graphics card may be causing your computer to blue screen, pull the graphics card out of your computer and swap in a new graphics card. If everything is working well, itís likely that your previous graphics card was bad.
This isnít easy for people who donít have boxes of components sitting around, but itís the ideal way to troubleshoot. Troubleshooting is all about trial and error, and swapping components out allows you to pin down which component is actually causing the problem through a process of elimination.
This isnít a complete guide to everything that could likely go wrong and how to identify it ó someone could write a full textbook on identifying failing components and still not cover everything. But the tips above should give you some places to start dealing with the more common problems.
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Computers Re: Identify Which Hardware Component is Failing

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How to Tell a Hardware Problem From a Software Problem




Your computer seems to be malfunctioning ó itís slow, programs are crashing or Windows may be blue-screening. Is your computerís hardware failing, or does it have a software problem that you can fix on your own?

This can actually be a bit tricky to figure out. Hardware problems and software problems can lead to the same symptoms ó for example, frequent blue screens of death may be caused by either software or hardware problems.


Computer is Slow

Weíve all heard the stories ó someoneís computer slows down over time because they install too much software that runs at startup or it becomes infected with malware. The person concludes that their computer is slowing down because itís old, so they replace it. But theyíre wrong.

If a computer is slowing down, it has a software problem that can be fixed. Hardware problems shouldnít cause your computer to slow down. There are some rare exceptions to this ó perhaps your CPU is overheating and itís downclocking itself, running slower to stay cooler ó but most slowness is caused by software issues.

Blue Screens

Modern versions of Windows are much more stable than older versions of Windows. When used with reliable hardware with well-programmed drivers, a typical Windows computer shouldnít blue-screen at all.

If you are encountering frequent blue screens of death, thereís a good chance your computerís hardware is failing. Blue screens could also be caused by badly programmed hardware drivers, however.

If you just installed or upgraded hardware drivers and blue screens start, try uninstalling the drivers or using system restore ó there may be something wrong with the drivers. If you havenít done anything with your drivers recently and blue screens start, thereís a very good chance you have a hardware problem.

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Computer Wonít Boot

If your computer wonít boot, you could have either a software problem or a hardware problem. Is Windows attempting to boot and failing part-way through the boot process, or does the computer no longer recognize its hard drive or not power on at all?


When Hardware Starts to FailÖ

Here are some common components that can fail and the problems their failures may cause:
  • Hard Drive: If your hard drive starts failing, files on your hard drive may become corrupted. You may see long delays when you attempt to access files or save to the hard drive. Windows may stop booting entirely.
  • CPU: A failing CPU may result in your computer not booting at all. If the CPU is overheating, your computer may blue-screen when itís under load ó for example, when youíre playing a demanding game or encoding video.
  • RAM: Applications write data to your RAM and use it for short-term storage. If your RAM starts failing, an application may write data to part of the RAM, then later read it back and get an incorrect value. This can result in application crashes, blue screens, and file corruption.
  • Graphics Card: Graphics card problems may result in graphical errors while rendering 3D content or even just while displaying your desktop. If the graphics card is overheating, it may crash your graphics driver or cause your computer to freeze while under load ó for example, when playing demanding 3D games.
  • Fans: If any of the fans fail in your computer, components may overheat and you may see the above CPU or graphics card problems. Your computer may also shut itself down abruptly so it doesnít overheat any further and damage itself.
  • Motherboard: Motherboard problems can be extremely tough to diagnose. You may see occasional blue screens or similar problems.
  • Power Supply: A malfunctioning power supply is also tough to diagnose ó it may deliver too much power to a component, damaging it and causing it to malfunction. If the power supply dies completely, your computer wonít power on and nothing will happen when you press the power button.
Other common problems ó for example, a computer slowing down ó are likely to be software problems.
Itís also possible that software problems can cause many of the above symptoms ó malware that hooks deep into the Windows kernel can cause your computer to blue-screen, for example.





The Only Way to Know For Sure

Weíve tried to give you some idea of the difference between common software problems and hardware problems with the above examples. But itís often tough to know for sure, and troubleshooting is usually a trial-and-error process. This is especially true if you have an intermittent problem, such as your computer blue-screening a few times a week.

You can try scanning your computer for malware and running System Restore to restore your computerís system software back to its previous working state, but these arenít guaranteed ways to fix software problems.

The best way to determine whether the problem you have is a software or hardware one is to bite the bullet and restore your computerís software back to its default state. That means reinstalling Windows or using the Refresh or reset feature on Windows 8. See whether the problem still persists after you restore its operating system to its default state. If you still see the same problem Ė for example, if your computer is blue-screening and continues to blue-screen after reinstalling Windows ó you know you have a hardware problem and need to have your computer fixed or replaced. If the computer crashes or freezes while reinstalling Windows, you definitely have a hardware problem.

Even this isnít a completely perfect method ó for example, you may reinstall Windows and install the same hardware drivers afterwards. If the hardware drivers are badly programmed, the blue-screens may continue.


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