Golden Disks and IDE
The problem of recording "golden" discs has already been covered on our website (as well as in the journal CHIP, No. 8, 1999). However, the problems continue. Only, if earlier…

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IDE Interface Features
The main requirement of the recording device to the interface is the ability to continuously transmit data to it during the recording process. Requirements for the speed of receipt of…

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This is the sonorous name of Athlon
Well, AMD is completely out of control. Rolls new processors out of the cornucopia. Most recently, on February 23, AMD announced two new processors: AMD-K6®-III-400 and AMD-K6®-III-450. By the way,…

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Solving an iron problem is very simple

The solution to the 2000 problem related to incorrect BIOS operation is based on the standard and mandatory ability of any computer to check a specific address area when booting for additional devices that have a BIOS extension specific to this device. That is why all the controllers in question include only the most necessary elements in order to change the logic of the BIOS of the motherboard, if necessary. No wonder they are so similar. Continue reading

Information Disaster April 26

In April, the biggest problem of the month related to computers can rightly be considered the epidemic of the Win95.CIH virus – Chernobyl.

Everyone is used to the presence of computer viruses. Periodically they appear on the computer. Sometimes they manage to be detected on time. Sometimes something goes bad, but, as a rule, special tragedies do not occur. Last year, a new, very dangerous Win95.CIH virus was released. Continue reading

SPD EEPROM Specification

In addition to the description of the transmission interface, I2C information, the PC SDRAM Serial Presence Detect (SPD) Specification specification defines the information recorded in the EEPROM by the manufacturer. The need for such a specification was caused by the fact that the main problems when installing SDRAM in computer systems are associated with incorrect interaction between the BIOS on the motherboard and the EEPROM on the memory module.

The fact is that many Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers using the Intel 440BX chipset install their own BIOS, which has the function of disabling the reading of information from the EEPROM. In this case, the system parameters are set manually when entering SETUP, or the BIOS itself sets the system parameters for working with standard memory. Continue reading

The Taming of the Shrew CIH
More recently, on April 26, we witnessed the massive destruction of computers (the destruction of CMOS content) and the destruction of information on hard drives. The blow to the pocket…

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Ways of spreading viruses
How are viruses and, in particular, the Win95.CIH virus spread? It is generally believed that the main path is the Internet. Other viruses cause a lot of controversy about the…

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Solving an iron problem is very simple
The solution to the 2000 problem related to incorrect BIOS operation is based on the standard and mandatory ability of any computer to check a specific address area when booting…

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Can I recover information myself?
Of course, in simple cases this is possible. Accidentally destroyed files are recovered by common utilities, usually without any problems. This can be done even by poorly trained users -…

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