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Troubleshoot Your Personal Computer Using Linux Diagnosing Hardware Problems with Ubuntu 1

by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 26 Feb, 2011 21:49:59

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Sometimes you are wondering what is going on your personal computer because you are seeing it’s not the way it should be. Now, it is a good thing to know that there is something you can use whenever you encounter issues like hardware related dilemmas or the computer memory becomes worst.

Luckily, there is a Live Compact Disk you can use to diagnose most of your personal computer issues that is called Ubuntu Live.

CPU burn

One indication that your Central Processing Unit, cooling system, or power supply has problem is when there is random shutdowns, most especially when performing computational tasks that are intensive and you can determine if one of your hardware have issues through the use of CPU burn.

CPU burn is used to test the stress your PC has, it makes it run fast, and heats up your Central Processing Unit that worsens even with small issues. This tool should be used with care because it is a diagnostic tool that is very powerful.

You may prefer to run Ubuntu from the drive of Universal Serial Bus or Compact Disk, and you may use the drive of Universal Serial Bus or Live Compact Disk of Ubuntu when booting up your PC. Through clicking on the System menu located on the screen’s top-left portion you may open the Synaptic Package Manager and from there you may select Administration, and then Synaptic Package Manager when desktop environment is loading.

The “repository of the universe” is the CPU burn and to enable it you may click on the Repositories after the Settings in the menu. In the box containing the label “Community-maintained Open Source software (universe)” a checkmark should be added.

The reloaded button should be clicked in the main Synaptic window after clicking close when the list of package has been reloaded, and in the text box of Quick search you may enter CPU burn after rebuilding of the search index.

For installation purposes, you may choose Mark after the checkbox in the left column is clicked, and near the window’s top portion you may click the Apply button. You will be alerted of the risks possibilities upon using it as the installation of CPU burn turns out to be a success.

In the top-left side of the screen, you may click on the Applications menu upon opening of a terminal window and then choose Applications > Terminal when you think that you like to take chances and if your PC is continuously restarting in a random manner.

The different Central Processing Unit types can be tested with the use of various tools and CPU burn is included on the list.

You can burn P6 if you are using Intel processor and up to the total usage of almost 100% it can quickly pushed the Central Processing Unit according to the utility top of Linux.

(Our discussion will be resumed next on Diagnosing Hardware Problems with Ubuntu 2.)

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