Free diagnostic CD to test a laptop's hardware?

January 18, 2012 at 09:25:41
Specs: Macintosh
Hey everyone. I have a Lenovo Thinkpad one of my employees used for a couple years. About a year ago it died on him and would freeze non stop so we put the hard drive in another machine and he's used that one ever since.

Is there any free if possible or paid if not, suite of tools I can DL to CD that will test all aspects of the hardware from ram etc to CPU? I know I've seen some free ones but it's mostly all separate types of tools etc, would prefer something that tests everything on repeat overnight and gives a full report and what not. Any suggestions?


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#1
January 18, 2012 at 09:46:33
I think you are looking for ultimate boot cd, it check one hardware at a time then if u want to run another test u have go back manul and select another test.

Did lenovo freeze in BIOS? did u check CPU temp?

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#2
January 18, 2012 at 09:48:15
No I believe it was just freezing while in Windows. I thought it was the hard drive but we put it in another Thinkpad same model and it works fine. So hoping it's just the ram or something but wanted to do a test on the CPU and also the ram just to be sure. Bios works fine doesn't freeze. It seemed almost like a software issue since it would always boot into windows just not completely load it up. I think it even gave just a stop error or one of those errors about a file, not actually freeze, but putting the HD in another machine it worked so it's odd.

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#3
January 18, 2012 at 10:14:59
After swapping the hdd the laptop works well right?
A hard drive test tool can be obtained from hdd manufacture website.
For ram we use memtest86 or memtest86+.
For stressing CPU use prome95. Personal i use AIDA64 stability test.
All these programs will not exceed 25 mb and not hard to use.

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#4
January 18, 2012 at 10:21:44
The thing is the hard drive that was in the machine I put in a NEW laptop and that NEW laptop works fine, I've never tried the one that was freezing again. Just saw it sitting on the shelf and thought I should try it out again. I'll use all those tests, was wondering more if there was an all in one. Used to work at Apple and there was this apple diagnostic utility we had we would put it on and it would test everything running on loop for like 15 hours etc.

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#5
January 18, 2012 at 11:07:01
I manage dozens of Lenovo laptops & tablets at work. Check for dust buildup in the cooling vents. I've "fixed" several of the older laptops by simply blowing the dust out of the vents with compressed air.

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#6
January 18, 2012 at 11:59:43
Is the current laptop the same identical model as the old one was?

The advice by both helpers above is good. Especially testing the RAM. RAM contacts can get corroded, causing poor conduction. Snapping each RAM module in ad out 4 or 5 times will burnish the contacts. Blowing out the venting is also important. If the CPU fan is seized up that could cause problems if the laptop was calling for it to run.

Those three items are the most likely HARDWARE reasons for the laptop to not boot into windows.

If there are flash drives, memory cards, PC cards or other external hardware connected when booting those devices have the potential to cause issues with windows.

When you transferred the hard drive did you re-install or repair Windows at that time?


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#7
January 18, 2012 at 13:03:48
Get ultimate boot cd. It is one of the more common disks for minor testing.

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