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Old 12-17-2005, 09:02 PM   #1
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Testing hardware before installation???


Hello fellow *Nix bretheren,
I have an HP 534n Pavillion, which is a couple of years old now that a friend of mine gave to me a few weeks ago. Upon cleaning it up, it appears as if everything is in working order. However, I wanted to thoroughly check the hard drive before I install a distro. I have a couple of other old pc's, as I have been collecting so called "throw-away's" for furthering my technical education, as well as my own "tweaking-obsessiveness". So anyway, the HP PC has:
  • AMD 2400+ Athlon XP
  • 512Mb DDR RAM @ 266MHz (single dimm with one dimm slot left open)
  • Maxtor DiamondMax ATA133 HDD (80Gb 7200rpm 2Mb buffer cache)
  • Samsung CDRW
  • HP DVD ROM
  • NVidia 32Mb GeForce MX420 (NV17) Graphics Card
  • AC97 VIA82Cxxx (integrated audio chip, based on the VIA chipset)
...I was planning on installing Slackware 10.2 on this box. I already have Gentoo 2005.1 installed on the laptop I'm writing this on and I wanted a more UNIX-like setup on the desktop, since Slackware is supposedly the most UNIX-like of all the LINUX distro's. I was wondering if there is an app or collection of app's (CLI or GUI it doesn't make no difference to me) to test the harddrive and ram to make sure there ok???
 
Old 12-18-2005, 02:17 AM   #2
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I always have a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD to hand:

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com

It'll do all you need, and a lot more besides - absolutely invaluable set of diagnostic tools. The only drawback is that it's a fairly sizeable download, but it's worth it.
 
Old 12-18-2005, 11:43 AM   #3
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I can't believe I have never heard of this before, in fact, I'm surprised that I've never seen or heard anyone ever even mention anything like this. I can honestly say that this is a definite "must have" for any tech, system admin, or any computer hobbyist who frequently comes in contact with different hardware combinations, thanx for the suggestion, this is one disc that I will most definitely be getting a whole lot of mileage out of ...
 
Old 12-18-2005, 10:51 PM   #4
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Absolutely! It's always surprised me that such a useful collection of software isn't more widely known. I only came across it by accident on a magazine cover disc a year or so ago, and it's pulled me out of quite a few holes since then.

Glad you like it as well

Dave
 
  


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