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PCI Post Diagnostic Card Question?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by PCMan78, Oct 3, 2003.

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  1. PCMan78

    PCMan78 Thread Starter

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    Do those PCI Post Diagnostic Cards work good? I have never used one and would like to start because it may allow my technicain work to become a little easier. I was thinking about purchasing one from this guy. Do you think that this card could help me diagnose IBM compatible PCs more efficiently? Here is his description of the item:




    The diagnostic card or called POST card that POST stands for Power On Self Test is designed to test the computer that runs popular BIOS like AMI, Amibios, or Phoenix BIOS includes brand name PCs like Acer, Compaq, Dell, Gateway, IBM...etc!

    This diagnostic card actually has 2 cards functionality (PCI and ISA interface integrated)

    This is one of the latest cards that comes with a speaker on the card that allows more advanced PC diagnostic
    When you need this card:

    If you have a computer that auto shuts down or restarts when you are surfing the internet, watching your favorite DVD movies, typing important homework or document due tomorrow morning…etc, or you see a blue screen when using the computer with error message that you don’t understand, you will need this combo card to help you find out what’s wrong with your computer.

    If you are having problem start you computer, press the power button and see no screen display and only hear computer beeping.

    If you find your computer only shows the initial BIOS screen or computer company logo and doing nothing, no windows logo at all and hard drive not booting, or windows hang/freeze all the time, then you need this card again

    How this card works:

    Just Remember to power off the computer whenever you moving/replacing/swapping parts on your computer!

    Insert the card to the PCI or ISA slot, doesn’t matter PCI or ISA you preferred, works the same way, same functionality, no more no less;

    If you add the card the wrong direction, will not affect the mainboard fuctioning; Turn on the computer, watch the visual code and listen the beep code and refer to the manual for any error.

    If you want to test the parts like video cards, modem, NIC (Ethernet card…) one by one on your computer, take all PCI cards like video, modem, NIC (Ethernet card…) off from your mainboard, add the PC diagnostic card with one device at a time and turn on the computer, watch for the visual and beep code and reference the error code with the manual.

    For PC experts and Novices:

    For computer novices, the manual comes with a detail Flowchart that can guide you easily to troubleshoot the computer, you will be an expert yourself, no need to spend hundreds of dollars looking for help!

    For PC expert, this card will save you a lot of times doing your routine daily troubleshooting no display, no post, no boot and save time swapping computer PCI card, CPU, RAM…to test the computer. You can find computer error in minutes or seconds!

    Features:
    Test the computer even without the CPU!

    This card works with PCI interface and ISA interface for the earlier computers. The code (beep-code and visual code) on manual can identify the following working condition of your computer:

    Test the components of computer main board working or not and test the initialization of the system hardware such as:


    System Chipset;
    Test the CPU initialization and registration
    DMA hard drive controller;
    System Memory RAM
    PCI bus, IDE bus,
    KB controller
    Video memory;
    IDE controller
    Floppy disk
    Mouse
    And many other devices on the mainboard.

    The manual includes:

    Detail flowchart—guide you how to use the card
    Error code table---includes all LEDs visual and audio code references
    FAQs---error description and solution
    Password removal guide----master password that help you remove the password if you have forgot the password
    Keyboard Commands to the BIOS menus of many computers

    Contents:

    PC POST diagnostic card (PCI & ISA card)
    Speaker (on card)
    Audio cable
    Manual (with all reference info you need)
    No driver disk needed.
     

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  2. gotrootdude

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    They aren't worth the money. You really don't need one to troubleshoot. Most bios today can tell you exactly whats wrong through post codes. If the machine restarts, turn off the atomatic restart option in win2000 and XP and look for error messages. If it's spontaneous, check the power supply. If the error messages don't tell what's the problem, test the memory. The motherboard and/or CPU is rarely the problem. Unless it's a PC-chips or generic no-name board, in which case, it's better to replace.
     
  3. PCMan78

    PCMan78 Thread Starter

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    Thanks.
     
  4. PCMan78

    PCMan78 Thread Starter

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    How about that Eurosoft equipment called "PC-Check"? Anybody ever had some experience with that?
     
  5. rmay635703

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    Finding the problem and actually fixing the problem are two different things, I have several boards that don't work that I know what the problem is but the new multilayer boards are basically non-repairable so it isn't worth it.

    Cheers
     
  6. Triple6

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    Actually I find them very handy - the POST CARDS. They do save time, but the exact same can be done swapping parts out or listening to beeps codes.

    The most valuable tool a technician can have is experience and logical thinking.
     
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