Re: Hardware Diagnostic Tools

Andrew Barton ( (no email) )
Mon, 9 Mar 1998 16:33:43 -0700

We use Microscope here and I have mixed feelings about it, or maybe just s/w
diagnostics in general. A few functions are great. The most useful parts are
the RAM test, Hard Drive surface test and Port loopback tests, but they are
found in most good diag packages. Whenever I get a PC in behaving strangely,
GPF's, exceptions, etc, I run a virus scan and then HW diags. Its amazing
how much bad ram it has shown up. On the other hand, I have had some bad
cache problems that were not detected by microscope and I found only by
disabling the cache in bios and seeing if the fault reoccurs.

I have also used there post probe product and think its not worth it if all
you see are newer type PC's.

Nothing beats good fault finding techniques and experience. I always try and
remember the times I have spent looking for faults that weren't there
because either my instruments or test methodology were flawed.

My $0.03

Andrew Barton
RedShift Information Technology

>I've been looking for a good software package to test out hardware. I know
>that hardware is best tested with other hardware, but I'm trying to find an
>adequate software solution. I've been looking at a package that sell for
>called QuickTech Pro.
>Does anyone have any experience with this package or recommend another one.
>would especially like to find a company that puts prices on their website.
>hate calling up and trying to get a straight answer from a salesman.
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