I need new Troubleshooting Software!!
Posted on 2004-09-30
I've got a very old troubleshooting program called 'The Troubleshooter' that I got back around 1995 or 1996. I have this program on a Windows 95 boot disk. I can boot a computer from the boot disk, type in the program executable (ts.exe) and it fires up. With this program I can troubleshoot every critical component of a system's hardware from the video card to the CPU... Great stuff!!
Except that the Pentium Pro was the newest computer out when this software package was written. Now, since I'm booting into Win95's DOS shell when I run this thing it still works even on newer computers. It is in fact one of the best software programs I've ever had. But there has got to be something out there that has a range of tests better suited to modern computer systems. When I test a P4, this thing tells me it's a Pentium Pro!! That's not THAT big a deal really because it gets the MHZ right, but I'm sure everyone will understand my desire to have a basic diagnostic utility a little newer than the one I've got.
Has anyone heard of this program? If so - is there a newer version of it? Is there another program that does the same thing that works well? I've seen a lot of crap out there - but very few GOOD hardware diagnostic utilities over the years and even fewer that you can run from a boot disk.
I bit about what I need it for..
I'm the IT Manager for a manufacturing company. We have quite a few computers that we want to refurbish and sell or give away to employees or whomever might want them. Personally I'd just assume we ship them to a recycling center and let them melt them, but it's not my call... So I'm stuck having to refurbish really old equipment. I've already bought a DOD-compliant program to wipe the hard drives, but I'd like a new program like The Troubleshooter to do some basic diagnostics on these systems just to make sure they are still running OK. I'll be working with wiped computers, so I need a diagnostic utility that I can boot with or that can run from a boot disk. And I'd like to have something reasonably recent that recognizes newer hardware correctly.
Ironically, the computers I'm going to be working with are as old as The Troubleshooter, so I don't really need newer software for this task - but I do think it's time I upgrade my diagnostic program. It's time I shelve this trusty utility next to my old copy of Q-Modem..
Thank you in advance!!