Description of the errors detected by TIP.EXE
In the case when the drive is absolutely unable to access any of the four Z-tracks of the cartridge, it gives a message about the failure of the Z-tracks. In…

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SDRAM PC100 Memory Testing Software
You can write your own routine or use ready-made utilities. We recommend using the ctsmb.exe program (System-Management-Bus-Scanner 1.2), which works if there is a South-Bridge PIIX4 on the motherboard (PIIX…

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Viruses are serious, and Win95.CIH is not alone
Currently, there are quite a few viruses that destroy the contents of CMOS. For example, the stealth virus FindMe (stealth virus - “invisible virus”, like the stealth bomber), the destructive…

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DIMM EEPROM test program dimm.exe

A quick analysis of the type of DIMM module installed in the system unit can also be done with dimm_id.exe. The program is subject to all the restrictions discussed above: the presence of South Bridge PIIX4, work under DOS. However, it can also be launched in a window under Windows.

The DIMM_ID program indicates the number of the memory bank in which the DIMM module is installed, the name of the manufacturer, the batch number and serial number of the product, the type of memory and its size, and most importantly, the maximum frequency of the system bus with which this DIMM module can operate.

The disadvantages of the program include, first of all, a limited number of recognized leading manufacturers of DIMM modules: Hyundai, Samsung, TI, Fujitsu, Micron, Vanguard, Siemens. In other cases, it indicates a “unknown” manufacturer.

A prerequisite for the ability to read information from the EEPROM is the presence of component 82371 (PIIX4), which is the South Bridge on the motherboard. PIIX4 is a bridge between PCI and ISA buses and is present on all motherboards that use TX, LX, BX chipsets and are made in accordance with Intel recommendations.

We are faced with the fact that some Taiwanese-based motherboards based on Intel chipsets do not interact correctly with the CTSMB program, and therefore we recommend that you choose a board from ASUSTEK. All the boards tested by us worked correctly.

Do not try to run the program on boards with Super Socket7, you won’t succeed. If the PIIX4 element is not present on the motherboard, CTSMB informs you of this and the program resets.

Our recommendations
Buy memory only from trusted suppliers.
Try to buy “original” memory from Major / Major manufacturers. This means that the manufacturer produces itself both SDRAM and PSB chips for memory modules, and most importantly – SDRAM memory modules !!!
Do not buy cheap memory. It’s easier to live with good brains!

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