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How to test PCIe slots?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Carpot Muncher, May 16, 2009.

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  1. Carpot Muncher

    Carpot Muncher Thread Starter

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    How to test PCIe slots?

    I had a brand new video card installed and working. Configured it and started using it to see what it was capable of as far as 3D applications. After about an hour, the card was destroyed. LEDs and fan still worked, but my PC could no longer detect the card in the slot. I tried to force it to detect, checked BIOS, tried the second PCIe slot on same board, but the vid card was already defective by then.

    Fortunately, I was able to exchange the vid card for a new one. I also upgraded my PSU as someone suggested that the PSU might have been caused the damage to the vid card.

    Now before I just throw in the new vid card and PSU, I want to cover all of my bases as I won’t be able to get another free exchange if this vid card also gets fried. So I’ve been doing some researching and I’d feel a lot more comfortable if I could somehow test/verify whether the PCIe slots on my mainboard are functioning as they should be.

    So can anyone recommend some simple PCIe slot test that I can perform at home with minimal tooling? Perhaps there are some software tools for monitoring voltages/currents, or maybe I can find a cheap voltmeter around here. Equipment is difficult for me to find here, but the local technicians are very lowly skilled/knowledgeable and careless about handling and ESD.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. musikman1

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    Hi Muncher,

    RE: Testing PCIe slots

    To my knowledge, there is no software only solution for testing PCIe slots. And, having some of the test equipment here, I would suggest this might be one time it would be cheaper in the long run (unless you want to get out of the "carpot" business, and into the computer consulting biz) to run it over to a local PC shop and have them run a test on system for you.

    All my best,

    Rick
     
  3. Carpot Muncher

    Carpot Muncher Thread Starter

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    ok thanks Rick
     
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