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lonely67cowboy

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my gfīs brother is computer technician and says he "thinks" my CPU might be going bad. are there any programs i can dl to check this out?
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Neil Jones

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CPUs (as in the processor) don't "go bad". They either work or they don't.

The motherboard, on the other hand, can "go bad" in certain areas, yet appear to work fine in others. Depending on where the fault has occurred on these, even throwing every testing utility at it doesn't always show up the fault.
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ok so what can i do? itīs only a cheap AMD but i canīt afford another one right now
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CPUs just die, there and then. They don't slow down, wear out or spend all day thinking about something - they just stop working.

What you can do though is replace the main board and reuse your processor, memory and everything else inside the case. This will require a Windows repair though, one can't just swap the board and expect it to work.
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Actually, CPUs can and do go bad slowly. It's happened to me, and remains fact. Try a program like prime95, just let it run. It tends to stress nothing in the system beyond CPU, and if it crashes your system, chances are your CPU has issues.
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Yes, as Kurenai has said CPUs do go bad, a lot of overclockers also use prime95 to check if thier processor is stable at thier overclocked speed.
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i tried prime95 but couldnīt get the tester to work. just never started
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If Prime immediately stalls out, your CPU core is probably quickly dying, although I quickly get out of my league when it comes down to exactly what is going wrong. In my opinion, time to look into replacing the processor.
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i didnīt mean that my pc died. i mean i canīt get the prog. to run gonna try later to reinstalll and see if it works then
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