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Diagnostics...

Hi, I am trying to find out which tools tend to be better to use for hardware/software diagnostics and "tweeking". One's I am currently, somewhat familiar with, are Eurosoft's PC Check and the MRI program used by Best Buy's Geek Squad (of which I happen to be an "Agent" lol)

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Written on {{'2008-11-30T18:37:07-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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[quote user="HOGHAULER"]

I use Advanced Windows Care beta version and Glary Utilities for cleaning up my HDDs and then use HW Monitor for keeping an eye on my temps and voltages.

http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php#directions

http://www.glaryutilities.com/gu.html

http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html?Str=download

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There are some good free utilities out there.  I use some of those HogHauler mentioned.  As well as these:

System Maintenance- CCleaner, Auslogics' Disk Defrag and Reg Defrag, Eusing Reg Cleaner, Driver Sweeper, Revo Unistaller 

Monitoring-Auslogics System info, Process Explorer, GPU-Z, Windows Startup Inspector, CPU Mon

Security - Spyware Blaster, Spyware Guard, and Avast Anti-Virus

Written on {{'2008-11-02T16:15:08-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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I use prime95 to test my cpu stability after overclocking.
Written on {{'2008-10-30T11:28:46-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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[quote user="adrianarts"] So are any of these programs stand alone enough that you could have them on a CD/DVD or Flash drive and use them on a "customer" computer w/o having to go through an installation/setup utility to be able to use it? [/quote]

http://rapidshare.com/files/11416307/PCRepairSystem.zip.html

32megs of Util programs to be run from a "portable" device.....flash really, I've not tried from a CD, likely you will need to use Flash as in some cases, I know that writing back to the drive is done.

Tallon41

Written on {{'2008-10-22T05:36:19-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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I use Advanced Windows Care beta version and Glary Utilities for cleaning up my HDDs and then use HW Monitor for keeping an eye on my temps and voltages.

http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php#directions

http://www.glaryutilities.com/gu.html

http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html?Str=download

Written on {{'2008-10-20T22:22:00-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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hmm, you may find my utility page of some use.

I would also recommend TweakUI

Written on {{'2008-10-15T10:08:24-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Thanks, I'll check these out. I need to clean up my own system, but I also have been considering doing light computer work on the side. So are any of these programs stand alone enough that you could have them on a CD/DVD or Flash drive and use them on a "customer" computer w/o having to go through an installation/setup utility to be able to use it?

[quote user="Penewab2007"]

Geek squad aye? I'm sure you know your stuff bro, but I've run into quite a few that should have other career aspirations man! lol. But something tells me, you prolly knwo that ennit?

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And to you Penewab, me "knowing my stuff" can be a questionable statement lol! I understand computers, I've worked on computers (mainly hardware), and can do things most customers, who come into BBY (Best Buy) to buy a comptuer, would go "WHAT!?!"; however, I lack the in-depth knowledge that would be useful to know, but plan on going through the process of earning my A+ certification at somepoint. As far as BBY is concerned I know enough to deal with the issues we are allowed to fix in store. Anything else that is beyond us we send to our service center. I totally agree with you though about some of these so called Geek Squad Agents needing to find a different job haha!!! Truth be told, Geek Squad is a "brand" of Best Buy - just like Dynex, Rocket Fish, and Magnolia Home Theater -  and is another form for BBY to generate revenue, which of course is done through offering services. Agents learn why these services need to be done and how to perform them. A good portion of the "true" computer work is done at the service center (aside from minor hardware installations and software work that any Joe Shmo could do with the proper 5 minute instruction). I'd say that's the main reason why the one's you've run into need a new job, they're just playing the game they're told to play.

Written on {{'2008-10-13T23:11:29-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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I use EVEREST for some things in diag like OC, temps, RAM and CPU bench.

Here is a temp read out


    Version                                           EVEREST v4.00.989 Beta
    Benchmark Module                                  2.1.184.0
    Homepage                                          http://www.lavalys.com/
    Report Type                                       Quick Report
    Computer                                          DEVIN-84EA1D866
    Generator                                         Devin
    Operating System                                  Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
    Date                                              2008-10-12
    Time                                              00:29


--------[ Sensor ]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Sensor Properties:
      Sensor Type                                       ITE IT8716F  (ISA 290h)
      GPU Sensor Type                                   Driver  (NV-DRV)
      Motherboard Name                                  Gigabyte M57SLI Series
      Chassis Intrusion Detected                        No

    Temperatures:
      CPU                                               20 °C  (68 °F)
      CPU #1 / Core #1                                  23 °C  (73 °F)
      CPU #1 / Core #2                                  21 °C  (70 °F)
      GPU                                               43 °C  (109 °F)
      Maxtor 6B200P0                                    30 °C  (86 °F)
      Maxtor 6Y160P0                                    26 °C  (79 °F)
      WDC WD5000KS-00MNB0                               33 °C  (91 °F)

    Cooling Fans:
      CPU                                               2296 RPM

    Voltage Values:
      CPU Core                                          1.31 V
      +3.3 V                                            3.28 V
      +12 V                                             12.22 V
      +5 V Standby                                      4.97 V
      VBAT Battery                                      3.07 V
      DIMM                                              1.92 V
      Debug Info F                                      0126 FFFF FFFF 0000 0000
      Debug Info T                                      25 233 20
      Debug Info V                                      52 78 CD B9 BF 03 00 (7F)

Written on {{'2008-10-12T14:19:39-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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I use tweaking tools from TotalIdea. They seems to be very good tools. After running them my system was running smooth without issues.

http://www.totalidea.com/

Written on {{'2008-10-10T16:10:23-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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I dig fooling around with thsi one TuneUp America - TuneUp Utilities 2008 , seems to trim the fat out of the OSs pretty good. Both XP and Vista.

Geek squad aye? I'm sure you know your stuff bro, but I've run into quite a few that should have other career aspirations man! lol. But something tells me, you prolly knwo that ennit?

Another one I used to use for trials, was http://www.wintools.net/ , they got all kinds of decent tools.

Penewah!

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