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January 20, 2013
7:10 AM
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I just purchased a refurbished Dell Latitude D630 cheap ($210), and want to make sure its working well while its still under warranty. Looking for suggestions for burn-in testing programs that’ll test all its components, stress it in a reasonable manner (i.e., test it not destroy it), and provide me with a printout of the results.

 

Thanks in advance for help & suggestions.

January 20, 2013
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If anyone knows of a set of tools to use to test new/used PCs, I’d be interested — that would make a great article!

January 20, 2013
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Ashraf:  I’m aware of one, called “IntelBurnTest”, found on Softpedia, here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Benchmarks/IntelBurnTest.shtml. Though they list it under benchmarks, its a CPU stability testing program. I ran it on my D630 (which passed); several of the benchmarking programs, including those from Futuremark, didn’t fare so well on my machine. CPUID also has a benchmarking program “PC Wizard 2012″, which I was able to complete, but again that’s a benchmarking program and not a burn-in program.

 

The trick is distinguishing between benchmarking and stability (burn-in) programs. Hope this info helps.

 

January 21, 2013
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Ashraf:  Had another program recommended to me from PCWorld’s Answer Forum:  “OCCT”. Found here:  http://download.cnet.com/OCCT/3000-2094_4-75791900.html. I’m trying it out as I type this and will post my experience later on.

January 21, 2013
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@BearPup: Thanks! It looks like OCCT tests CPU and GPU… right?

January 21, 2013
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Ashraf:  Yes, in theory it does. But, the app that does the GPU and Power Supply tests crashed on my laptop. I’m going to port it over to my desktop and see if that can do those tests.

 

The CPU testing does stress it. CPU temp maxed at 83°C, DIMM maxed at 60°C, and the Chipset maxed at 58°C, while the voltage maintained a steady 12.3 volts @ 100% CPU activity. It showed my CPU speed ran slightly fast (+8.7%), and the bus freq. ran just under 200 (-.3%). Overall, I’d say my laptop is doing pretty well. I just have to figure out why the dedicated GPU & Power Supply tests crapped out. After successful completion of tests, it automatically generates a series of graphs that are saved as .png graphics viewable in Windows Photo Viewer.

January 21, 2013
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Ashraf:  Went to the OCCT site (ocbase.com) and found others who have had a similar issue with the GPU & Power Supply tests crashing. They’re aware of the problem, but having trouble reproducing it. So I posted my data and hopefully that’ll help pinpoint the problem. Let me know if I can do anything else (or try any other programs that anyone suggests).

BearPup

January 22, 2013
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Ashraf:  Problem solved with OCCT. Its a software issue, that by lowering the screen resolution the program is set to display its graphs at solves  the problem and the application runs just fine. So my notebook has been torture tested and passed with flying colors.

 

There are a few other programs out there that may also be useful. I found these at the following forum discussion page:  http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/74127/ . Hope this is helpful to you.

BearPup

 

January 30, 2013
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Prime95 for cpu and ram stability testing and msi kombustor for gpu stress tests.

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