Really Debugging a PC
Well, here’s what I’ve learned about really debugging a PC that is crashing. Script for future use:
# Get a device count and estimate power supply requirements. Make sure the power supply is adequate to the job. Otherwise, go get another one.
# Run memtest86+ overnight. Make sure the basic CPU and memory systems don’t have issues. Nothing much else will work otherwise.
# Boot up Windows, run Prime85 and Superpi overnight to make sure that the machine is stable with Windows. This starts to test the hard drive for the first time.
# Exercise the hard disks. Run Sis Sandra in burn in mode. Hope that you don’t see any crashes.
# Now its time to figure out what’s wrong with the software. That’s the hard part.