Ram or Hard drive?

Compaq V5000
November 16, 2009 at 13:53:04
Specs: Windows XP
I have a laptop compaq who's opperating system keeps on failing. It will run for a few hours or a few weeks before going to a blue screen of death and then there is no more opperating system and I have to reinstall it.

I know that there are free programs designed to test the ram on the boot up of the computer so I can see which one needs replacing, but i am not sure which program to use or where to download it.

Or if there is anything else that could be causing this problem let me know too.


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November 16, 2009 at 14:05:47
Please post the BSOD error message particularly the code number. We need to take a look at it before we can suggest the best suggestion.


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November 16, 2009 at 14:18:02


UK MP's are thieving scumbags.
EU members are worse.

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November 16, 2009 at 17:35:18
Almost any live linux cd can boot to memtest.

Any Vista or Windows 7 dvd can be used. Need to do F8 then escape then tab down to memory diagnostics.

Might get a ultimate boot cd and try it.

Find out which brand of drives you have installed. Most OEM's have diags for their drives and most do many tests on any drive.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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