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Below are some utilities that I have used
to diagnose, troubleshoot, test, benchmark and obtain general information
about a system. Please feel free to download and use these programs
and support the developers in making them. The programs come "as
is" and I offer no warranty for them, there use, or the end results
from them. Read the documentation that comes with them before using
them! Some of these programs are designed to erase data. It is your
responsibility to to ensure that your data is backed up before using
these tools. Again, use these tools only at your own risk.
These tools and utilities are targeted
towards the diagnostic/troubleshooting environment. None of these tools
are designed for enhancing the performance of a system's hardware. There
are plenty of hardware sites out there that are more tailored towards
Freeware/Shareware Tools and Utilities
for DOS/Win9x and NT/2000:
BIOS Specific Tools and Utilities:
BIOS 1.35.1 - What it does: - Saving and restoring the BIOS settings
- Validating actual settings to saved settings - Deleting the BIOS
settings (there are some strange cases...) - Displaying information
about the BIOS, BIOS Extensions and BIOS beepcodes - Finding BIOS
passwords for Award, Ami, Phoenix and AST BIOS - Finding BIOS universal
passwords for Award BIOS - Dumping the whole BIOS segment to disk
- Switching the 1st and 2nd level caches on/off - Turning the PC into
Standby or Suspend mode (requires APM 1.1+) - Turning off the PC (requires
APM 1.2+) - Rebooting the PC (cold/warm/int19) - Returning DOSERROR
codes for batch processing.
WinBIOS 1.2 - What it does: - Displaying information about the BIOS,
BIOS Extensions and BIOS beepcodes - Finding BIOS passwords for Award,
Ami and Phoenix BIOS - Finding BIOS universal passwords for Award
Port80 - What is does: This project decodes the port 80 diagnostic
port common to nearly all PCs and displays the last component tested,
in English, should the computer hang on power up self test (POST).
This information can be used by technicians to diagnose and repair
a faulty motherboard. As is, this project allows you to select one
of four BIOS's from the data burned into an EPROM. A Visual Basic
6 Program, Port80.exe is provided to allow you to create an EPROM
image for the 27512 based on what the four available POST code definition
sets you want from a list of 74 supported BIOS's. In addition this
program allows you to use your own Bios definitions that you can create
using any text editor.
Ivecs 1.0 - What it does: - Displays the interrupt vectors - Differentiates
addresses in memory and bios ROM by colors.
CMOSPassword 4.1- What it does: Works with the following BIOSes -
ACER/IBM BIOS - AMI BIOS - AMI WinBIOS 2.5 - Award 4.5x/4.60 - Compaq
(1992) - Compaq (New version) - IBM (PS/2, Activa, Thinkpad) - Packard
Bell - Phoenix 1.00.09.AC0 (1994), a486 1.03, 1.04, 1.10 A03 - Phoenix
4 release 6 (User) - Gateway Solo - Phoenix 4.0 release 6 - Toshiba
- Zenith AMI.
Unicore BIOS Wizard - What is does: A quick and useful utility for
discovering details about your systems BIOS from within Windows.
BIOSMD - What is does: Another nice utility for discovery of various
aspects about a BIOS from within Windows. Very nice and fast.
UniFlash - What it does: UniFlash (Universal Flasher) is program created
by Pascal Van Leeuwen and Galkowski Adam. It was abandoned in 1998
(v1.17b). It was almost dead project, but it LIVES AGAIN NOW! UniFlash
supports a wide range of chipsets and Flash ROMs (read uniflash.doc
for a list, it's also included in the ZIP package).
Rainbow Software. (link removed- site is dead now)
BIOS Mod V1 - What it does: This utility was created to help solve
the problem of the WinXP, 2000 or NT owner with a NTFS partition not
being able to mod their bios's under the OS conditions. I have found
out recently that WinXP and Modbin do not get along even under FAT32
and the command prompt so this will help in that situation too.
Hardware Tools and Utilities:
PTS - What is does: PTS DiskEditor is a program you can use to view
and edit the raw contents of your hard drives in various situations.
For example, to restore useful information from damaged logical drives.
Sector 1.0 - What it does: - Viewing the contents of disks and harddrives
- Offsets in hex and decimal - Choosing the sector per C/H/S.
#1-TuffTEST-Lite v1.52E Favorite What
is does: #1-TuffTEST-Lite, with its own boot-loader and operating
system, is a highly specialized diagnostic software "tool" that provides
superior "hardware" testing because the target system's native operating
system is never used or called into memory. Thus, #1-TuffTEST-Lite
can directly test major system components such as memory, fixed disk
drives, diskette drives, serial & parallel ports, video, keyboard,
etc. False positives and false negatives that can be induced by the
system's native operating system are eliminated. However, since the
PC's native operating system is not available to #1-TuffTEST-Lite,
it cannot use the operating system's functions or interact with the
various devices that, due to their proprietary design, are not supported
by the PC's BIOS. Examples include pointing devices, CD-ROM drives,
sound cards, network cards, etc. These devices require the availability
of their own special native operating system-based software drivers
and only a utility that runs under the system's native operating system
can see and interact with these drivers. Since numerous operating
system-based diagnostic utilities have always been available to see,
exercise and resolve conflicts with these devices, #1-TuffTEST-Lite
has remained specialized in doing what it does best - directly and
rigorously test the PC's basic hardware.
(Down currently)TestDisk 2.2 - What it does: Tool to check and undelete
partition Works with the following partitions: - FAT12 FAT16 FAT32
- Linux - Linux SWAP (version 1 and 2) - NTFS (Windows NT) - BeFS
(BeOS) - UFS (BSD) - Netware.
DiskEdit 3.0 - What it does: DiskEditor is a full function disk editor
that supports (A) graphics or non-graphics printing of all data displayed
onto the screen (B) a DOS shell (C) Directory: displaying, viewing,
and editing, (D) On-Line Help, and (E) Mouse support. Pressing the
F1 function key or pressing both mouse buttons (at the same time)
will pop-up the main help screen. I hereby pro- claim, being of unsound
mind and body, this program a freebie. Enjoy!
System Tools and Utilities:
Advanced Hex Editor (A.X.E) 3.0- What is does: The Advanced Hex Editor
(AXE) is a powerful hex editor for Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.
Ability to handle
very large files easily
scripts, supplement the old 'Arithmetic' feature
A new, more ergonomic
interface to structures, scripts and bookmarks
Edit memory and physical
CRC generator, better
calculator, quick string replace dialog
Witched - What is does: Hex Editor
Free Hex Editor - What is does: Welcome to the "Free Hex Editor",
abbreviated with "frhed". Frhed is a free binary file editor for 32-Bit
Windows platforms, like Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. Features
include: - Native 32 bit Windows application: long filenames supported,
editable file size limited only by available system memory. - small
program size (ca. 100K), loads fast. - Cut, copy & paste binary values.
Syntax for describing byte, word, longword, float and double binary
values in text form to use with find and paste functions. - Directly
enter hex values or text in main window (overwrite or insert). - Compare
files. - Search for any combination of text and binary values. - Bit
manipulation. - Import/Export as hexdump to/from file or clipboard.
- Automatically adjust bytes displayed per hexdump line to window
width, or set bytes per line manually. - Choose font size, character
set (ANSI or OEM), colors of text and background. - Intel or Motorola
binary format. - Can be used as "Send to"-Target and in the context
menu for all files and for files with non-registered extensions. -
Set bookmarks to easily access offsets in the file. - Load files partially.
- Load files by dragging them into the window. - Apply binary templates
for structured information. - Easily remove links to frhed, remove
frhed's registry entries and upgrade from frhed versions 1.0.154 and
upward (1.0.153 and below used ini files instead) from within the
program itself. - Switch between sets of instance options. - Automatically
create backups when saving. - Source code is included. (Written with
Microsoft Visual C++ 4.0. Does not use MFC, only Win32 API calls and
C library calls, uses C++ classes). - No registration fee required!
Hex Editor 3.04a - What is does: Hexedit is a quite normal hexeditor,
based on DOS. It runs on systems with either DOS 3.3 (or higher) or
Windows 9x. It runs partially if you're using OS/2, only the boot-sector
functions won't work then. The only other requirement is that you're
using an MF-II keyboard, the standard for a long time already. You
can open files of any size, edit, save or analyze them, using one
of the many functions that hexedit offers.
Freeware/Shareware Tools and Utilities
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