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my review of Soyo TechAid pci diagnostic card...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mtown_onsite, Sep 21, 2004.

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    mtown_onsite Thread Starter

    Aug 20, 2004
    I just had the first opportunity to use my new tool last night. The Soyo TechAid pci diagnostic card... It decodes POST errors. I was using it to try and fix my girlfriend's computer.

    The computer would turn on, fans would spin, drives would spin. But no post, no boot, no error codes (and no video display... tried a few other vid cards first). So I put the TechAid card in. It diagnosed the problem as either chip, bios, or a short on mobo. So, I pulled the mobo, checked connections and put it back in. This resolved the short, and it actually started the post.

    Then it hung again... The card said it was hanging on USB... So I pulled the USB connectors off the mobo... and it did a full post (with a checksum error). Then I upgraded the bios... and the computer works great.

    I was a little dubious about the functionality of this tool... But after using it, I'm glad I bought it...

    Just thought I'd share...
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