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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 that.


Freeware/Shareware Tools and Utilities for DOS/Win9x and NT/2000:

BIOS Specific Tools and Utilities:

  • Bios Link 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.
  • Bios Link (missing) 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 BIOS.
  • Bios Link 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.
  • Bios Link Ivecs 1.0 - What it does: - Displays the interrupt vectors - Differentiates addresses in memory and bios ROM by colors.
  • Bios Link (missing) 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.
  • Bios Link Unicore BIOS Wizard - What is does: A quick and useful utility for discovering details about your systems BIOS from within Windows.
  • Bios Link BIOSMD - What is does: Another nice utility for discovery of various aspects about a BIOS from within Windows. Very nice and fast.
  • Bios Link 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 Link 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:

  • Bios Link (Currently missing) 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.
  • Bios Link(currently missing) 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.
  • Bios Link #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.
  • Bios Link (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.
  • Bios Link (currently missing) 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:

  • Bios Link (missing) 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.
  1. Ability to handle very large files easily
  2. 'Expressions', i.e. scripts, supplement the old 'Arithmetic' feature
  3. A new, more ergonomic interface to structures, scripts and bookmarks
  4. Edit memory and physical disks
  5. CRC generator, better calculator, quick string replace dialog
  • Bios Link (missing) Witched - What is does: Hex Editor
  • Bios Link (Currently missing) 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!
  • Bios Link (Currently missing) 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.



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