How to check your Computer Hardware for errors.

Below explains how to use free third party software that doesnt require windows loading to test your hardware. if you wish to use the Windows 7 built in memory checker, you can find instructions further down the page.

Firstly you need download a piece of software that will allow you test your hardware. But don’t worry its free. It’s called the ultimatebootcd. It has hardware checkers on the disk.








Hard Disk Test

Memory Tests

CPU Tests


Windows 7 Built in Memory Checker

It might take quite a while for the tool to finish checking your computer's memory. Once the test is completed, the computer will restart automatically. If the tool detects errors it usually indicates a problem with the memory chips in your computer.

3rd Party Windows Based Memory Checker - HCI Memtest

There is another memory checker you can use called HCI memtest. This is installable under windows and will check the memory while windows is in use, unlike the other above. However any sections of the memory that are in use will not be able to be checked due to locks on it by the operating system. You can download it here under hardware testing tools.


Video Memory Stress Test

If you think that its your video memory thats causing problems. You can download a program called Video Memory Stress Test. This runs in windows and will check for possible problems and performance issues on your graphics card. You can download it here under hardware testing tools.



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