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AMIDiag Suite for DOS and Windows

AMIDiag Suite is a complete hardware diagnostics package, which I had a lot of fun testing. I have always loved dinking with utilities and diagnostics programs. That is where I fed my fascination and also learned the most in the early days of DOS and Windows 3.1. AMIDiag Suite includes both AMIDiag 6.11 for DOS as well as the brand new AMIDiag for Windows. No such software will ever be 100% perfect, but this is  probably the most reliable available today. 



Installation
The Package
Platform
The Program
Discrepancies
Conclusion
Win Features
DOS Features

Discrepancies

A good idea might be to not run any other programs when AMIDiag is running. The biggest problem I had and what made it so big,  was by my own fault. I selected Scan Disk from the Additional Tools menu. Complete system freeze...Ct-Alt-Del brings up blue screen of horror...can't recover...there goes my almost completed review that pre-existed this one. Yes, that's right...I just got to buzzing along and somehow forgot to ever hit the save button. AND, I know better! Checking out diagnostic software with an unsaved document? I thought I was going to choke.

In both versions, my Slot 1 PII 400MHz (Deschutes) was identified as a PII Xeon, which is only compatible with Slot 2  This interface was not backwards compatible with Slot 1. The Xeon also has a 4 chip max as opposed to the Deschutes 2 chip max.

The Yamaha SCSI CDR was identified as a caddy style rather than a tray. Why sweat the small stuff?

AMIDiag for Windows video info
Figure 2. Video Information

 

I was a little surprised AMIDiag didn't pick up on the video type, RAM size, Chip Type, BIOS Version or BIOS Release Date. See Figure 2. This seems to be pretty accessible in Windows with other programs.

So I tried another machine, a DFI P2XBLA with a Nvidea Gforce and all of the same information was lacking.

 

 

I know that often memory is only listed by the information coming from the module itself, so we can't be hasty to blame the software. Besides...SiSoft Sandra 2001 gave the same results. So I added this mention in case anyone has any input.

I was just wondering about my memory controller values and also my 128MB Micron PC100 SDRAM -8E showing a speed of 70 nanoseconds and a type of Other? My Asus P2B motherboard supports neither EDO or Parity. 

The DOS AMIDiag listed the correct information.


AMIDiag for Windows Menory info
Figure 3. Memory Information

Conclusion

AMIDiag for Windows is designed with the consumer or end user in mind, however has just as big of an advantage for administrators and systems professionals by being allowed to view the results of the tests from a remote location. AMIDiag 6.11 for DOS is a high end diagnostic that should be in every real techies toolbox.

Once again...AMI continues to provide the industry leading diagnostic software.


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