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June 14, 2001 9:01:27 PM

I had a friend tell me that when you get a new pc you should "burn" it in to make sure the proccessor and componets don't lock up or something to that effect anyone know anything about this ?

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June 14, 2001 9:17:33 PM

I know quite a bit about that. The main purpose of a "burn-in" is to stress-test the system as a whole--make sure there's no flakey hardware, unstable drivers, etc.

The burn-in is usually done by having some sort of software running on your system for an extended time period (say 24 hours), hammering different components with a series of performance/stability tests. SiSoft Sandra has a burn-in test suite that does quite well IMHO.


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June 14, 2001 10:23:51 PM

Therefore, it's to test, not like breaking in a new pair of shoes so they're more comfortable.

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June 14, 2001 10:45:26 PM

Some people choose to relate it to breaking in a new pair of shoes. I myself don't, but that's just my opinion.


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June 14, 2001 11:21:09 PM

I think you should try some of these utilities to make sure nothing locks up and it's stable.

<A HREF="" target="_new">SETI@Home</A> - run for a couple of hours in the background, full tilt, while doing whatever you do with your computer. Maybe surf the internet, type, stuff like that.

<A HREF="" target="_new">3DMark 2001</A> - Just loop the benchmark a 4 or 5 times with an mp3 looping in the background as well. I know it says shareware, but you can still do the basic tests.

I'm not sure if SiSoft Sandra is any good. I don't use it, but it doesn't mean that it's a bad product.

Anyways, if your computer can run these without locking up, then you're all set...