I would like to run a moterboard tester

Asus P5q-e desktop board
January 27, 2011 at 05:38:30
Specs: Windows 7, intell e8500, 4 gig
My computer gets the blue screen every once in awhile. This occurs more often if i put it to sleep than shut down. Also there is one memory stick that if I put in the computer crashes are more often.

I ran the memory testor from windows 7 with all the sticks in and it said there was a hardware problem. I took the one stick out, and it past the test. So you would think the memory stick was the problem.

However, I just had the memory sticks replaced end of November. Even shutting down the computer instead of putting it to sleep and not putting the apparent bad memory stick in, sometimes, the computer will go backwards. In other words if I am at tom's hardware guide it will all of a sudden go back to my home page. If I am playing freecell, it will take a card I put up top and move it back to where it was. This seems to happen less if I reboot.

Over the last year, I have had a bad crash due to my power supply. As a result, I had a number of parts replaced, including memory sticks, video, and motherboard. Of course, when they send you the replacement parts, I am always worried whether they really gave you a good new part or just sent you someone else's problem that they could not figure out what was wrong.

So this is a long story to say I have been trying to figure out was wrong and i wish i could narrow down the problem. I thought I would like to run a test program. I go on the internet and they range from $20 to $300!!

I don't mind paying maybe $100 for a program if it really is better than the $20 one. But I was wondering if someone could suggest how i should test my computer to narrown down the problem.

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January 27, 2011 at 06:16:10
Although some people will argue, It's not recommended to put a desktop machine into sleep mode. That feature was designed to be used on laptops to preserve battery life. You would be better off going into power options and schedule your monitor to turn off after so many minutes of non use. Never shut down the hard drive. As far as memory testing goes, download and use a program called Memtest.


Don't pay for any programs that claim to check the mobo etc. There are lots of free apps to do that. Try memtest first and go from there.

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January 27, 2011 at 07:08:17
I agree with grasshopper. Disable sleep, hibernate, standby & reconfigure your power scheme settings.

Run memtest86 or memtest86+ from a bootable CD rather than running a memory test from within the Windows environment.


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January 29, 2011 at 10:16:53
Thanks for your advice. After I read your post, I ran the memtest, a stress test on my motherboard, and a test of the hard drive. All past.

That would seem to leave the video card. Is their a program that tests that.

Asus, suggest I clean all the parts. How would I do that - with alcholo or with an air blower or with a vaccum?

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January 29, 2011 at 13:35:09
cleaning should only be done with an air-duster and soft brush. Never a liquid of any kind. Alcohol may dissolve coatings on components and do more damage than good.
The only exception I make to that is if I remove the heatsink from CPU and need to clean off old thermal compound before re-attaching. Isopropyl Alcohol used sparingly with soft cloth can help clean off the CPU and heatsink preparitory to applying a fresh dab of thermal compound.

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