Test a computer with a hard disk?

December 8, 2010 at 16:03:55
Specs: Windows XP
Sorry for the title** it is without a hard disk !

Hello,

Okay, I got given an old computer.
First they replaced it because everytime they started their computer, window xp was running good but about a minute or 2 after the launch of it, it crashed and restarted the computer autmatically.
So, they gave it to me but without the hard disk and they will probably not give it to me.

So my question is, how can i see if the computer still works without having a hard disk in the computer. I have tried to just run it without it and it was running good but does that really mean the problem was in the hard disk?


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#1
December 8, 2010 at 16:17:09
Possibly. Anything from a defective hard disk to a corrupted operating system or it could have simply be overheating or a defective power supply which has nothing to do with the hard dsik. One thing is for sure, without the hard disk you will never know.

You have two choices. Bin the computer or buy and new hard disk and try it.

Stuart


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#2
December 8, 2010 at 17:07:46
You can check system temperatures in BIOS. Also try a bootable CD with some diagnostics. http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

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#3
December 8, 2010 at 17:09:10
But like I said I runned it without having a hard disk in it and it wasn't crashing or having any problem. So, does that mean something or not? Because if I use logic, If it would have been the power supply it would still do it,because you even said yourself it had nothing to do with the hard disk, right?

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#4
December 8, 2010 at 17:20:05
The problem with the power supply is that you can never be sure it is working correctly until it is under load. The POST doesn't tax the power supply enough to highlight any deficiencies.

Once the operating system boots and the CPU has some real work to do, the memory is working hard as well as the video hardware, that is when you will know is the power supply is working well. The same goes to some degree with overheating.

Until the computer is doing what is meant to do and that is run software, you can never tell. For that you need a hard disk. The hard disk that was removed may or may not have been in good working order. Unless you know the answer to that question, everything else is guess work.

Stuart


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#5
December 8, 2010 at 18:14:35
Well, they formated it once because they had so many viruses on it and after that it worked well for a little time but then it started to crash and have issues.

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#6
December 8, 2010 at 18:36:25
You may be able to run a computer either from a CD, usb or over network booted OS.

Try ulimate boot cd to start and run some of those tests. Start with memtest.

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#7
December 8, 2010 at 18:48:27
You don't need a hard drive. Just create a Linux Live CD, boot off it & go to town. If you're not familiar with Linux, now's a great time to learn.

http://distrowatch.com/


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#8
December 9, 2010 at 00:05:57
I agree with mick, u can even use internet without hard drive. If the psu isn't ok check for +3.3v, +5v, +12v rails in bios.

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