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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Michele Smith, Jan 19, 2005.

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  1. Is there any good PC diagnostic software for troubleshooting potential
    hardware/software conflicts? I've only heard of bug doctor. Thanks. Mark.
  2. mike

    mike Guest

    Not clear what you're trying to do.
    msinfo32 will tell you if you have interrupt conflicts.
    As a practical matter, address and DMA conflicts are likely to mess
    things up so bad that the system won't run.

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  3. w_tom

    w_tom Guest

    The best software is provided by your computer manufacturer
    for free on their web site. In fact, this is a benchmark for
    minimally acceptable manufacturers. If he does not provide
    those comprehensive diagnostics, then suspect the worst.

    If you don't have a responsible computer manufacturer, then
    you must download and construct you own diagnostics by
    downloading diagnostics from component manufacturers and other
    third party sources.
  4. Yes for Windows. Thanks.
  5. 3T39

    3T39 Guest

    Memtest does a good job of finding memory chip hardware failures and all the major hard drive manufacturers provide
    free diagnostic software for their own respective products. ie: or these mostly run independently from
    windows by booting from a floppy or CD otherwise you just have to rely on
    experience to tell if a problem is software or hardware related.

    Hope this is helpful.
  6. NSM

    NSM Guest

  7. w_tom

    w_tom Guest

    Your diagnostic software should execute regardless of the
    Operating System. That is the purpose of a diagnostic. First
    verify hardware. Then when the hardware integrity is
    established, only then move on to software. Diagnostics are
    for breaking the problem into sections, and then analyzing
    each section. Any diagnostic software dependent on the OS
    simply fails to break the problem down into section - to
    simplify the analysis. It should make no difference what the
    OS is IF the diagnostic software is to be useful.

    Useful diagnostics don't need Windows to run.
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