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lazydog
09-10-2005, 10:06 AM
Whats a good way to stress test a computer?
Do you guys and gals that are computer techs stress test pc's when theyre in your shop to make sure theyre perfoming ok and if so, how or what to you use to test them.
Just thought that if theres a program or a method then i might give mine a go to see if its up to scratch.


This is what i've done myself.

I've ran 3DMark03. (Got an embarrising low score but i only have a Ti4200 64mb ram).

Loaded up large mb photos in Photoshop and applied all sorts of filters to them to see if it could do it without locking up/crashing. (Worked allright,no crashes or freezeing).

Rendered a 4gb avi video file to mpeg2 using TMPGEnc Plus. (Converted ok, no probs.)

Probably not the way but thought it wouldn't hurt anyway.

Oh, thought i'd give my spec's incase needed;
HP 762n
P4, 2.26ghz
512mb ram
80gb hdd
Ti4200 64mb graphics card
Leadtek tv2000 deluxe tv capture card
Firewire card
On board sound
Basic Genius 2 channel speakers
DVD rom-oem
DVD rw-Liteon
17in crt monitor
XP home sp2

lazydog
09-10-2005, 11:28 AM
I've just downloaded a program of the PC World website called "CPU Stability Test.exe".
Found here....
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,7146,00.asp

Will run it this arvo. If anyones tried this test and has some advice like its ok or dont use it, then i'm all ears.

I realise techs dont have the time to run stress tests on every pc that comes thru the door and would only do a test (if there is one) if theres something in particular thats causing problems.

As you could probably tell, i'm bored. :-)

Jen
09-10-2005, 11:40 AM
As you could probably tell, i'm bored. :-)You mean your system is running fine, but you wish to see at what point it will break? :illogical :p

Prescott
09-10-2005, 12:11 PM
download si soft sandra. it has quite a few stress testing programs built in...

lazydog
09-10-2005, 12:24 PM
You mean your system is running fine, but you wish to see at what point it will break? :illogical :p

Thats the one jen :D
I was really just curious to know if there is a way(s) to do tests like that. Just to see if everythings working as well as it should be, if it can be made better etc etc.
I've got the little guy in white on one shoulder saying "If it aint broke, dont fix it" and the little guy in red on the other shoulder saying "go on, tweak it".

Still cant get hyperlinks and smilies working in here by the way. Not sure if the one up there will work?. I entered it in manually.

Well look at that, it worked!.

lazydog
09-10-2005, 12:34 PM
download si soft sandra. it has quite a few stress testing programs built in...

The little guy in red said sweeeeeet.

pctek
09-10-2005, 01:13 PM
I realise techs dont have the time to run stress tests on every pc that comes thru the door and would only do a test (if there is one) if theres something in particular thats causing problems.

As you could probably tell, i'm bored. :-)
Yep. I don't run masses of tests on builds. But I trust my hardware.
I do run some things on repairs PCs depending on what I suspect the problem is. I have one that use just CPU and ram - not a comprehensive test like memtest (which I also have) but its good for seeing if its going to crash and eleiminates the O/S.
Then theres HDD testers, specific other testers.
Usually though most of them are screamingly obvious when they pass through here.

3DMark is the most fun one though. Run 3dMark 05 - not the test - the demo. Quite pretty...

Chilling_Silence
09-10-2005, 01:25 PM
Download the INSERT Rescue CD. It has a program in it called "stress". Guess what it does?

It does it very well too, and I used it to find that my CPU on my old laptop had been installed wrong and was overheating. Worth looking at, even if you have no linux knowledge.

lazydog
09-10-2005, 01:28 PM
Struth, I thought 03 was a big download!.
Oh well. gotta blow the cap on something.....
Hope my old graphics card can handle it. :o

lazydog
09-10-2005, 01:32 PM
Download the INSERT Rescue CD.
Whats the Insert rescue disc?. Do you mean my Windows Xp home cd or something else?

bob_doe_nz
09-10-2005, 01:43 PM
I think Chilly Willys refering to Here (http://www.inside-security.de/insert_en.html)

Metla
09-10-2005, 01:55 PM
Installing Windows on a new comp is a big stress test, then 3dmark if it has a real video card, also may get the temps up around gaming levels.

On a repair, then just something specific to whats its issues are.

For a general stress test then there is an app called burnin that (tries) to run every component at its limits, It fails on the graphic side of things though, I have had cards that suffer from heat and ram issues that have sailed though.

http://www.passmark.com/download/

lazydog
09-10-2005, 02:10 PM
Installing Windows on a new comp is a big stress test, then 3dmark if it has a real video card, also may get the temps up around gaming levels.

On a repair, then just something specific to whats its issues are.

For a general stress test then there is an app called burnin that (tries) to run every component at its limits, It fails on the graphic side of things though, I have had cards that suffer from heat and ram issues that have sailed though.

http://www.passmark.com/download/

The little guy in red is doin a jig and saying "yeah baby, yeah".


Thanks for the link Bob.

lazydog
09-10-2005, 02:31 PM
Installing Windows on a new comp is a big stress test, then 3dmark if it has a real video card, also may get the temps up around gaming levels.

On a repair, then just something specific to whats its issues are.

For a general stress test then there is an app called burnin that (tries) to run every component at its limits, It fails on the graphic side of things though, I have had cards that suffer from heat and ram issues that have sailed though.

http://www.passmark.com/download/

The little guy in red is doin a jig and saying "yeah baby, yeah".


Also...
Thanks for the link Bob.

Poppa John
09-10-2005, 02:39 PM
Let your Mother-in-Law talk to it for an hour. That would be the severest test you could put it thro'. PJ :) :)







Says PJ from under the bed, in hiding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Graham L
09-10-2005, 02:42 PM
The little user handbooks described the tests done on PDP-8s by Digital Equipment Corporation ("DEC") in the days when they made real computers.

24 hours in a hot box (at 130 degrees F), 24 hours in a cold box (at or below freezing), then a drop from 3 feet. If it gave any errors in the memory test it was running throughout, it needed fixing.

Shortcircuit
09-10-2005, 03:28 PM
Lazydog: My little red guy is saying "Go for it!"... hell, you can only blow the thing up.

PJ: I opted for a computer instead of a SWMBO, bonus was I didn't have to purchase a MIL... now what do I do?

Graham: liked the instructions you gave. I have a friend who works on a farm in Alexandria, apparently the temp range is about what you described and there would be no problem dropping the box off the back of a tractor a few times. Could be a good little 'tech business' :D

FoxyMX
09-10-2005, 03:47 PM
Whats a good way to stress test a computer?
That's easy. Just spend a few hours visiting porn, crack and warez sites, making sure you click on all the popups that promise "free access". Don't forget to sign up for everything offered, then download and install Incredimail, SmileyCentral and all the emoticons and screensaver thingies you can get your hands on.

After that the fun begins - you get to clean out all the junk your computer is infested with. :D

Can guarantee that you and your computer will feel pretty stressed out after that lot, especially when your credit card bill arrives. ;) :p

Chilling_Silence
09-10-2005, 03:52 PM
You could try infecting your PC with a whole lot of spyware and viruses and see if that gets the HDD + CPU going :D

Otherwise there's that small line of code which will max the CPU out on certain linux setups, but I cant remember it for the life of me :(

Chilling_Silence
09-10-2005, 03:53 PM
Snap! :D

Great minds think alike.....

gibler
09-10-2005, 03:56 PM
It kind of depends of what you are trying to find out...

If you just want to check that temperatures are okay then there are lots of little apps that will get your CPU usage to 100% and it won't take too long to see how high the temperatures get.

If you want to check your memory then use memtest86+ (going overnight)

For hard drives then the manfacturer will have appropriate diagnostic tools.

Now, the best test of drivers and a whole system can be games like quake3. If you have buggy drivers they will show up in a matter of minutes (when you get lockups).

Ghosting an image onto a machine and/or OS installations also tend to show up dodgy hardware. Typically I just check for bad memory (memtest86+) and run an error check on the filesystem, unless there are other symptoms of problems. Inspect the event log too.

Renmoo
09-10-2005, 05:07 PM
I've just downloaded a program of the PC World website called "CPU Stability Test.exe".
Found here....
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,7146,00.asp

Will run it this arvo. If anyones tried this test and has some advice like its ok or dont use it, then i'm all ears.

I realise techs dont have the time to run stress tests on every pc that comes thru the door and would only do a test (if there is one) if theres something in particular thats causing problems.

As you could probably tell, i'm bored. :-)
Will the test ever stop? :confused: It keeps on testing 5-minute, 8-minute, 1-minute etc. :illogical

Cheers :)

imarubberducky
09-10-2005, 07:32 PM
that was fun:

Passmark rating: 218.19

CPU Mark 231.68
2D Graphics Mark 138.19
Memory Mark 240.23
Disk Mark 357.91
CD Mark 149.99
3D Graphics Mark 66.43

Beat that! (shoulding be hard)