Operating system

After checking all the computers and installing, where necessary, the recommended boards, will the 2000 problem be resolved?
Of course not! Most of the problems will remain. The danger of the 2000 problem is that in recent years, very large databases have accumulated in any organization. In these…

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Zip Drive Frequently Asked Questions
What are the models of Zip drives? Currently, there are 2 main types of Zip drives: Zip-100 (100 MB removable disk capacity) and Zip-250 (250 MB removable disk capacity). Zip-100…

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How to recover information
Since when a file is deleted, it is not physically destroyed from the disk, it can be restored. As well as recovering all files in the case of, for example,…

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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 it was said that recording on “golden” disks is generally unreliable, now many people notice that recording on devices with an IDE interface is unreliable, and that recording devices with an IDE interface are generally less reliable compared to their SCSI counterparts. Continue reading

Processor performance

You can still praise the advantages of technical solutions of the processor. Moreover, the “stone” turned out to be really successful. But many are probably most interested in the end result. I hasten to immediately assure that the Athlon really surpasses the P-III in all respects. It is no accident, apparently, this time AMD performed almost all the performance tests familiar and unfamiliar to us. Continue reading

But this is not Intel at all!

The ways of AMD and Intel, from our point of view, have long diverged. If earlier it was possible to install at least Intel or at least AMD into the same “motherboard”, then for some time now the owner of a board with an AMD processor cannot install an Intel processor in it and vice versa. Therefore, AMD without any hesitation switched to a new (for Intel architecture processors) EV6 system bus. The EV6 bus (from Alpha) initially runs at 200 MHz. Continue reading

Excellent coprocessor (FPU)

This time it turned out with a floating point. In time, apparently, they lured the team of Dirk Meyer, one of the creators of Alpha 21264. Now the floating point computation unit contains three separate blocks: addition (FADD), multiplication (FMUL) and storage (FSTORE) (see Fig. 1).

The addition and multiplication blocks are fully pipelined. The FPU architecture is such that it can take every clock input: one addition instruction and one multiplication instruction. Continue reading

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, February 23rd is the birthday of EPOS, and to all its merits, it’s also the AMD Technical Support Center. Apparently, AMD focused on this particular date. Continue reading

Internet integration
Now business is inconceivable without close integration with the Internet. As a rule, several employees of the office need Internet access, and there is only one communication line with the…

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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…

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SPD EEPROM: Functioning Algorithm
With the advent of the new SDRAM standard, a new I2C interface has also appeared. The interface was developed by Philips and is used as an internal auxiliary bus of…

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Z-tracks
In devices with a moving coil there are no pre-fixed positions. Instead, they use a special guidance system (positioning), which accurately brings the heads to the desired track. The system…

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