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Old 10-06-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Tool for diagnosing hardware.


I have a Redhat 5 running on a dell poweredge 2950. Is there any tool for diagnosing the hardware. I want to test the health of the memory, hard drive, cpu, motherboard, etc.

I used the one that comes with the dell machine but i'm looking for a different one.

Thanks in advanced.
 
Old 10-06-2009, 01:17 PM   #2
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I want to test the health of the memory
Try memtest86
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hard drive
Try smartmontools
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cpu
? - It either works, or it doesn't, but you could look at GKrellM
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motherboard
That's very vendor-specific.
 
Old 10-15-2009, 02:42 AM   #3
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Hi tredegar

Re: Memtest86
Absolutely (smiles)

Re: your comments about the CPU.
Sorry to be a "stick in the mud" but I've encountered a number of faulty CPUs, including a wonky P4 3.2 GHz recently. In the case of the latter the system exhibited random instability and it finally turned out that the P4 CPU had a defective pin (previously crushed and straightened, with poor physical integrity) and the only way I determined the cause was through physical inspection of the CPU itself. I have also encountered other CPUs which have been cooked through overclocking and thermal abuse.


Hi pablo1999

Re: Motherboard
The Dell diagnostics will take into account any hardware specifics of the planar board.
Third party diagnostics will test the hardware but may not be as thorough as the planar specific Dell utilities.

Have you had a look at the Dell site for an updated diagnostic utility.
Have you considered Emailing Dell and inquiring if they have a set of Dell engineering diagnostics that you could download for that series.

Re: HDD
I suggest that you take a look at the HDD manufacturer's site for diagnostic tools/utilities that are specific the the HDD model that you are using.

Regards

Chris
 
Old 10-15-2009, 02:42 AM   #4
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Hi tredegar

Re: Memtest86
Absolutely (smiles)

Re: your comments about the CPU.
Sorry to be a "stick in the mud" but I've encountered a number of faulty CPUs, including a wonky P4 3.2 GHz recently. In the case of the latter the system exhibited random instability and it finally turned out that the P4 CPU had a defective pin (previously crushed and straightened, with poor physical integrity) and the only way I determined the cause was through physical inspection of the CPU itself. I have also encountered other CPUs which have been cooked through overclocking and thermal abuse.


Hi pablo1999

Re: Motherboard
The Dell diagnostics will take into account any hardware specifics of the planar board.
Third party diagnostics will test the hardware but may not be as thorough as the planar specific Dell utilities.

Have you had a look at the Dell site for an updated diagnostic utility.
Have you considered Emailing Dell and inquiring if they have a set of Dell engineering diagnostics that you could download for that series.

Re: HDD
I suggest that you take a look at the HDD manufacturer's site for diagnostic tools/utilities that are specific the the HDD model that you are using.

Regards

Chris
 
Old 10-15-2009, 01:08 PM   #5
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Hi,

'UBCD Ultimate Boot CD' and 'SystemRescueCD' are two LiveCD that everyone should have on hand for tools for emergencies or maintenance.

The above link and others available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
  


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