The Iron Problem of 2000
The 2000 issue is already becoming a hot topic. Moreover, a little more than 200 days remain before its onset. The point is that, for a number of reasons, 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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hardware problems

Operating system role

The operating system is the ultimate authority in resolving hardware problems associated with the change of centuries. It is the operating system in most cases that tells applications the current time and date. The latest versions of operating systems correctly handle the change of dates from 12/31/99 to 01/01/2000. And this applies not only to operating systems that receive the date from the BIOS 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

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 of precise guidance of the heads on the tracks is called a servo drive, and for its operation a feedback signal is required that carries information about the real relative position of the tracks and heads.

Temperature fluctuations do not affect the accuracy of the drive. When compressing and expanding disks (rotation, temperature), all changes in their sizes are monitored by a servo drive and the positions of the heads are adjusted. Continue reading

Zip Technologies: Pros and Cons
Since the creation of the FDD 3.5 "1.44 MB high-density, a lot of time has passed and this type of media has not undergone any changes during this period, while…

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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…

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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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The Iron Solution to the 2000 Iron Problem
Before the onset of 2000, about three more months. But the situation was noticeably heated. It is understandable. If even a small fraction of what is written in the press…

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