Troubleshoot Boot-Failure - Diagnostic PCI Card/PC Motherboard Repair ($2.57) @ DealExtreme - HotUKDeals
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- Designed to troubleshoot PC boot failures, when PC doesn't even show Video Card/BIOS screen (thus no error code/info is available)
- Features 4 LED indicators for power supply status, and a 2-digit numeric display for detailed diagnostic code
- PCI slot interface
- Plug-and-play

Should be useful to some, at this price I'm getting one to figure out what component is causing my pc to occasionally freeze during boot up rather than buying all new components.
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#1
Wow I remember using an old ISA one of these years ago
#2
Arther, you don't have any usb devices connected up that could cause it to freeze. Its just I discover occasionally my pc would freeze on boot up if I had an usb hard drive switched on. Also had a similar problem with bros pc where it would start up fine but would get a blue screen - turns out it was his usb soundcard causing the problem with a conflict with the internal soundcard - problem solved by getting a decent usb soundcard. He needs two soundcards as one is for jaws, (texts to speech programme) and he uses the internal one for his audio software programmes.
#3
Cheers, this should be less ball ache than unplugging each device one at a time.
#4
freezspirit
Arther, you don't have any usb devices........


Nah, keyboard and mouse are the only USB devices plugged in but I know what you mean with the hard drive as I have to unplug my western digital drive from my laptop while it's booting. I use an external sound card for my laptop as well but I just disabled the internal one and it works fine. I actually want to upgrade some of my components including the motherboard but I'd like to know the precise component causing it's occasional refusal to boot (as well as the less frequent freezing while windows has finished booting) so that I can still transfer some of them or build a media centre pc out of them. Thanks for the advice anyways. :)
#5
So how does this work?
#6
plug it in. Code on the 7 seg display is the error code. google for the error code, and you know what's wrong with the pc.

Some motherboards have these built in, handy things.
#7
WG47
plug it in. Code on the 7 seg display is the error code. google for the error code, and you know what's wrong with the pc.


A customer review confirms it comes with an English manual with the error codes listed so no need to google for the code. :)
#8
Mine always comes up saying : The system intruded, chassis opened or tempered before. Please check system

Think its something to do with a battery but not bothered to get it fixed yet. Is it critical?
#9
Just disable intrusion detection in bios
banned#10
Hm...
I bought something like this for my lappy.
Froze it up, thought I'd never get it working again.
Not gonna use again.
#11
Manual here

http://www.easy-share.com/1905063687/pc-analyzer-english-manual.zip

Have seen these things kicking around for years -

The manual is full of Bus or hardware resource error codes - DMA ,ACPI, SMBIOS, External Cache etc

This is all low level Hardware infrastucture diagnostics

If the OS is booting , I would personally look to my boot logs and event logs for clues
or into the BIOS to check how resources are handed out - all depends on error and where it freezes

COCO
#12
WG47
plug it in. Code on the 7 seg display is the error code. google for the error code, and you know what's wrong with the pc.

Some motherboards have these built in, handy things.


Well said all you need is the bios manufacturer and enter number of beeps and it will tell you what it translates to but some beep codes are now pretty standard really no need for these but at this price its still a decent buy as mentioned most enthusiast boards today have these built in.
#13
Podzak
Hm...
I bought something like this for my lappy.
Froze it up, thought I'd never get it working again.
Not gonna use again.


There's less risk if the pc isn't working anyway....many people would simply buy a new pc. From my experience removing the new product will rectify any problems it may introduce. I've never had any permanent damage caused by adding a new component to a pc although it's always a possibility.
#14
I_SHOULD_COCO
Manual here

http://www.easy-share.com/1905063687/pc-analyzer-english-manual.zip

Have seen these things kicking around for years -

The manual is full of Bus or hardware resource error codes - DMA ,ACPI, SMBIOS, External Cache etc

This is all low level Hardware infrastucture diagnostics

If the OS is booting , I would personally look to my boot logs and event logs for clues
or into the BIOS to check how resources are handed out - all depends on error and where it freezes


COCO


Its very rare these days to have to check resource's as its all handled via plug and play the only time conflicts happen is when they are manually configured this would of been handy when windows95 was new.
#15
seems very useful and cheap too

have some rep and heat :)
#16
polly69
Its very rare these days to have to check resource's as its all handled via plug and play the only time conflicts happen is when they are manually configured this would of been handy when windows95 was new.

I am sure the OP's i7 Extreme quad core with 1.2 Kwatt PSU , Quad SLi, 16 gigs DDR3 WIn 7 RC is crashing for other reasons :oops:
1 Like #17
stevey_p7
Mine always comes up saying : The system intruded, chassis opened or tempered before. Please check system

Think its something to do with a battery but not bothered to get it fixed yet. Is it critical?


Not an expert...but....

You can tell it in the BIOS settings (you should get an instruction on how to go into bios or setup when you first switch on - ie "Press F2 for Setup") to ignore Chassis or Intruder detection,.

Not sure what the battery part of that is - possibly the little battery on the motherboard which keeps the bit of power needed to remember the bios settings.
#18
These are pretty useless to be fair... lol
They never really help properly, just give you the same answer that common sense can give you.

Chasis intruder detection means either your case is open, the logged opening has not been cleared, or your switch is messed up. dell's and stuff it can be disabled in bios. some other machines have a physical jumper on the motherboard which it needs to be changed on.
1 Like #19
stevey_p7
Mine always comes up saying : The system intruded, chassis opened or tempered before. Please check system

Think its something to do with a battery but not bothered to get it fixed yet. Is it critical?

My brother had a similar problem with the cmos battery on the motherboard, ended up getting 5 batteries off of ebay for around £2 and solved the problem.I think the battery is a c2032 or c3220 size and looks like a watch battery.
#20
link down?
#21
I_SHOULD_COCO
I am sure the OP's i7 Extreme quad core with 1.2 Kwatt PSU , Quad SLi, 16 gigs DDR3 WIn 7 RC is crashing for other reasons :oops:


I wish I could afford that, minus the i7.....I'd rather AMD. The PSU would be a bit much as well. I have an Athlon 3800+ x2, 550 or 600W PSU (I forget), 1x 8800 GTS (320mb DDR3), 2gigs DDR2 and Win XP.
#22
himmerz
link down?


Dealextreme seems to be down, try again later I guess.
#23
ha ha..great product...

which has 2 digit error code....good luck to who choose to buy this chinese invention

if you are a techy or someone who knows one....then you know that you wont need an error code to tell why PC or motherboard is not booting up...
#24
I_SHOULD_COCO
I am sure the OP's i7 Extreme quad core with 1.2 Kwatt PSU , Quad SLi, 16 gigs DDR3 WIn 7 RC is crashing for other reasons :oops:


Yeah, it's the 64 mb isa hard drive that's the problem :whistling:
#25
Rupee Man
ha ha..great product...

which has 2 digit error code....good luck to who choose to buy this chinese invention

if you are a techy or someone who knows one....then you know that you wont need an error code to tell why PC or motherboard is not booting up...



I really could have done with one of these a few months back. Computer wouldn't boot, what was it?
#26
Stainy
Yeah, it's the 64 mb isa hard drive that's the problem :whistling:


Didnt ISA go out in the stone ages?
#27
slinkydonkey
Didnt ISA go out in the stone ages?


I suspect that was the basis of the gag....:whistling:
#28
Tried one of these but doesnt seem to work apart from some randomly flashing LEDs and the booklet doesnt make any sense plus translated from an online chinese application... Save your money and time
#29
tibby
I really could have done with one of these a few months back. Computer wouldn't boot, what was it?


probably the power was unplugged....:whistling:
#30
Chris206
These are pretty useless to be fair... lol
They never really help properly, just give you the same answer that common sense can give you.

Chasis intruder detection means either your case is open, the logged opening has not been cleared, or your switch is messed up. dell's and stuff it can be disabled in bios. some other machines have a physical jumper on the motherboard which it needs to be changed on.


Usually a setting in the bios that causes this its not a custom job is it Asus boards have this or is it a dell type machine,This is to stop unauthorized access to case to prevent messing.

1. Restart your machine
2. Enter BIOS by pressing F2 or Del (most of the time)
3. Scroll down to 'System Security'
4. Press Enter
5. Scroll down to Chassis Detection
6. Arrow over to 'Disabled'
7. Press Escape
8. Save changes and exit
Thats all
#31
Surely this can't tell you anything that the error beep codes can't tell you. Most codes are listed here:

http://www.pchell.com/hardware/beepcodes.shtml

I can't imagine that the card is going to diagnose complex minor faults, only the major ones that will normally result in a beep code. If your system boots at all then you would be better getting hold of a disk called Hiren's Boot CD. This has apps for properly checking the likes of your RAM and hard disk for minor errors. If your system doesn't boot and you don't get any error codes then you need to strip your system down to the minimum (CPU, motherboard, 1 stick RAM, graphics card, PSU and monitor). If it boots after that then add back in any other components on at a time till you get the fault. If it still doesn't boot then you then need to swap the memory, PSU and graphics one at a time with parts from a known working system. If any of these change things then you have found your culprit, if none of these help the mainboard and/or CPU are dead, best to replace both unless the system is fairly new.
#32
These things are a load of rubbish. I'm an I.T. Engineer and got one years ago to test it out. I used it a handful of times - each time it was useless and I ended up throwing it in the bin.
#33
stevey_p7
Mine always comes up saying : The system intruded, chassis opened or tempered before. Please check system

Think its something to do with a battery but not bothered to get it fixed yet. Is it critical?


you need to reset system intrusion in the bios

think you would get more success with resetting the bios than buying this
#34
As sibeer stated you can get by with the beep codes, you only need the a processor installed and power supply to start getting the codes as i did when i build the pc i'm using now.
#35
Still waiting on a delivery from DealExtreme placed early April. Poor show.
1 Like #36
thanks ordered, hopefully it will come in handy when im fixing a computer, if not its only £1 something so i dont mind as it could turn out to be very useful.

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