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How does one determine if a CPU is faulty?

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January 14, 2002 9:43:03 PM

hey all,

i am looking to buy a PIII-800EB for $115 (CDN). he says it has been used for 1 year.

he will give me a 1 day warranty, so i have 1 day to determine if it is dead or not.

any ideas on determinining if a processor is faulty? or if it has been overclocked? any programs that will rate the health of a processor?

Thanks alot in advance!!

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January 15, 2002 12:34:52 AM

IMHO, the easyest way to figure out if the CPU is overclocked is to use WCPUID and compare the data with a reliable online source ( Sorry, I can't give any links at the moment ).

Figuring out if the CPU is dead is even easyer, the computer won't POST after being powered on.

Finding if the CPU is reliable is trickyer, your best bet would be to run a distributed computing software ( seti@home and the like ) for a few hours and see if the CPU overheat ( using a CPU monitoring software ) or crash.

Before you do any of the following, check if your motherboard and BIOS will support this new CPU, if not, flash your BIOS with the appropriate version from your BIOS manufacturer.

If you can, run those softwares before you open your wallet, a one day warranty is suspicious.

Good luck =)

Fok Speling Misstake
January 19, 2002 11:24:26 AM

If the cpu is dead... you will know it.
They dont go bad slowly. They just decide to do nothing.

"Intel people buy their computers to learn. AMD people build theirs because they already have."