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OT: DOS-based test software

Started by Robert Baer June 26, 2013
   I need a program that will determine a computer's hardware: total 
RAM, [if running inside a given OS for it to report how much is eaten by 
the OS, how much physical space unused,total virtual and how much 
unused]; hard drives (make/model, size, free space); floppy drive 
capability, serial ports,parallel ports,USB and specs (1/2/3), Ethernet 
card etc..
On a sunny day (Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:24:25 -0800) it happened Robert Baer
<robertbaer@localnet.com> wrote in <bWuyt.2060$7x5.481@newsfe02.iad>:

> I need a program that will determine a computer's hardware: total >RAM, [if running inside a given OS for it to report how much is eaten by >the OS, how much physical space unused,total virtual and how much >unused]; hard drives (make/model, size, free space); floppy drive >capability, serial ports,parallel ports,USB and specs (1/2/3), Ethernet >card etc..
Insert a Linux live CD, start a terminal window and type: dmesg type: lspci type: lsusb type: vmstat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Diagnostics

Tim

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"Robert Baer" <robertbaer@localnet.com> wrote in message 
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> I need a program that will determine a computer's hardware: total RAM, > [if running inside a given OS for it to report how much is eaten by the > OS, how much physical space unused,total virtual and how much unused]; > hard drives (make/model, size, free space); floppy drive capability, > serial ports,parallel ports,USB and specs (1/2/3), Ethernet card etc..
Robert Baer <robertbaer@localnet.com> wrote:
> I need a program that will determine a computer's hardware: total >RAM, [if running inside a given OS for it to report how much is eaten by >the OS, how much physical space unused,total virtual and how much >unused]; hard drives (make/model, size, free space); floppy drive >capability, serial ports,parallel ports,USB and specs (1/2/3), Ethernet >card etc..
DOS based software will not detect USB. Use a Linux live CD. -- Dipl.-Inform(FH) Peter Heitzer, peter.heitzer@rz.uni-regensburg.de HTML mails will be forwarded to /dev/null.
On Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:24:25 -0800, Robert Baer wrote:

> I need a program that will determine a computer's hardware: total RAM, > [if running inside a given OS for it to report how much is eaten by the > OS, how much physical space unused,total virtual and how much unused]; > hard drives (make/model, size, free space); floppy drive capability, > serial ports,parallel ports,USB and specs (1/2/3), Ethernet card etc..
I used to use a DOS bootdisk with a program called 'syschk' on it, but thats a _long_ time ago. Search for "best boot disk" or "universal boot disk" for a CD image with a bunch of utilities. Cheers
On Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:24:25 -0800, Robert Baer
<robertbaer@localnet.com> wrote:

> I need a program that will determine a computer's hardware: total >RAM, [if running inside a given OS for it to report how much is eaten by >the OS, how much physical space unused,total virtual and how much >unused]; hard drives (make/model, size, free space); floppy drive >capability, serial ports,parallel ports,USB and specs (1/2/3), Ethernet >card etc..
DOS based diagnostics will NOT detect anything that is NOT in the BIOS. That means anything that needs a driver in either AUTOEXEC.BAT or CONFIG.SYS will not be detected unless you have the driver installed on boot. For example, ethernet cards, USB devices, firewire devices, and SCSI devices, will not be detected. I suspect that you may also have problems seeing devices plugged into a PCI-e bus. You may also get some strange results with EMS/XMS memory and ramdisks. If you want a more specific answer, you may find it useful to disclose the exact DOS operating system (MSDOS/PCDOS/DRDOS/FreeDOS/etc). <http://motherboards.mbarron.net/download/> <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/121008> <http://www.tufftest.com/ttl/> <http://www.ultimatebootcd.com> -- Jeff Liebermann jeffl@cruzio.com 150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:24:24 AM UTC-4, Robert Baer wrote:
> I need a program that will determine a computer's hardware: total > > RAM, [if running inside a given OS for it to report how much is eaten by > > the OS, how much physical space unused,total virtual and how much > > unused]; hard drives (make/model, size, free space); floppy drive > > capability, serial ports,parallel ports,USB and specs (1/2/3), Ethernet > > card etc..
Have you tried ASTRA32 ? it is a windows based tool that reports lots of what you are asking for.
Jeff Liebermann wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:24:25 -0800, Robert Baer > <robertbaer@localnet.com> wrote: > >> I need a program that will determine a computer's hardware: total >> RAM, [if running inside a given OS for it to report how much is eaten by >> the OS, how much physical space unused,total virtual and how much >> unused]; hard drives (make/model, size, free space); floppy drive >> capability, serial ports,parallel ports,USB and specs (1/2/3), Ethernet >> card etc.. > > DOS based diagnostics will NOT detect anything that is NOT in the > BIOS. That means anything that needs a driver in either AUTOEXEC.BAT > or CONFIG.SYS will not be detected unless you have the driver > installed on boot. For example, ethernet cards, USB devices, firewire > devices, and SCSI devices, will not be detected. I suspect that you > may also have problems seeing devices plugged into a PCI-e bus. You > may also get some strange results with EMS/XMS memory and ramdisks. > > If you want a more specific answer, you may find it useful to disclose > the exact DOS operating system (MSDOS/PCDOS/DRDOS/FreeDOS/etc). > > <http://motherboards.mbarron.net/download/> > <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/121008> > <http://www.tufftest.com/ttl/> > <http://www.ultimatebootcd.com> >
I like that UltimateBootCD, but...where the F do i find the TRUE download link (_NO_ f'ing downloader BS)?
alan.yeager.2013@gmail.com wrote:
> On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:24:24 AM UTC-4, Robert Baer wrote: >> I need a program that will determine a computer's hardware: total >> >> RAM, [if running inside a given OS for it to report how much is eaten by >> >> the OS, how much physical space unused,total virtual and how much >> >> unused]; hard drives (make/model, size, free space); floppy drive >> >> capability, serial ports,parallel ports,USB and specs (1/2/3), Ethernet >> >> card etc.. > > Have you tried ASTRA32 ? it is a windows based tool that reports lots of what you are asking for.
First i have heard of it; got it now; thanks!
On Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:46:32 -0800, Robert Baer
<robertbaer@localnet.com> wrote:

> I like that UltimateBootCD, but...where the F do i find the TRUE >download link (_NO_ f'ing downloader BS)?
Go thee unto the very bottom of the page and ye shall find what ye seek: <http://www.ultimatebootcd.com> That will take you to another download page, which will also offer two download choices. The lower one is the correct download button. Please consider this ordeal process as a filter so that only those worthy of running the program can find it. You can also find it with various Bitorrent searches. You can also search for "UBCD download". However, note that there are several packages with the same acronym. For example: <http://sourceforge.net/projects/ubcd/> -- Jeff Liebermann jeffl@cruzio.com 150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558