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Old 07-02-2006, 05:05 AM   #1
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Live CD that tests the available Hardware

Is there a live CD distro that will boot up a PC and perform tests on its hardware?
I am talking about more than just a memory test.

So that I know about problematic hardware, as early as possible.
Old 07-03-2006, 06:09 PM   #2
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With a livecd you'd be safe any way as it is not installing. Knoppix has legendary hardware detection if that's what your looking for.
Good luck.
Old 07-03-2006, 06:23 PM   #3
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Oh yeah, I use Knoppix all the time. Its great.
It does a excellent job of detecting hardware.

My aim is to be able to test the hardware.
Just like memtest or testcd, but to the
rest of the hardware on the PC like the
keyboard, mouse, vga, etc.
Old 07-03-2006, 06:48 PM   #4
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I'm not sure that what you're looking for exists, and at least for me I've never heard of any sort of testing utility program that would detect that (for example) your mouse was about to fail or that pretty soon the keyboard was going to stop working. Generally speaking, hardware failures occur without any prior notice, although in the case of hard drives and fans, if they suddenly start making unusual noises or start making more noise than normal, that's usually a pretty clear sign that their service life is coming to an end.

Along those lines, most hard drive manufacturers offer some basic diagnostic software (which should be downloadable from their websites), but otherwise I don't know of any HW detection programs that are designed to inspect the "health" of peripherals like the mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc.
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