Contents of the 386TEST.DOC file
386TEST (TM) is a diagnostic program designed to test motherboards and
system components. Computational loads on the processor, and numeric
processor (if present) exceed by orders of magnitude the use a computer
would receive in a commercial environment in a 24 hour period.
This program tests all of the system's resources including the BIOS,
CPU, NDP, CACHE, RAM, EXTENDED MEMORY and DISPLAY MEMORY. Once started
386TEST (TM) will run for 24 hours.
THIS PROGRAM TESTS A COMPUTER USING TESTS DESIGNED TO DETECT DEFECTIVE,
UNRELIABLE, OR IMPROPERLY RATED COMPONENTS. THIS PROGRAM WILL CAUSE
YOUR SYSTEM TO RUN AT TEMPERATURES FAR IN EXCESS OF NORMAL OPERATING
TEMPERATURES FOR A 24 HOUR PERIOD. THIS WILL SUBJECT YOUR COMPUTER TO
HIGHER THAN NORMAL USE AND STRESS DURING THE TEST PERIOD.
SYSTEMS WHICH USE LOW QUALITY COMPONENTS CAN BE PERMANENTLY DAMAGED BY
THIS PROGRAM! THE AUTHOR, DISTRIBUTOR AND LICENSEES OF THIS PROGRAM
CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, REAL OR OTHERWISE CAUSED BY
ANY USE OF THIS PROGRAM SIGNIFIES THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THIS WARNING AND
WISH TO SUBJECT YOUR SYSTEM TO THESE TYPES OF TESTS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE
FACT THAT YOUR COMPUTER MAY NOT OPERATE AFTER BEING TESTED.
RUNNING 386TEST (TM)
1) BEFORE running the program, please disable any memory managers you
may be loading from your CONFIG.SYS or AUTOEXEC.BAT file. A DOS
Extender which handles all memory management tasks is incorporated
into the program.
2) Copy 386TEST.EXE and 386TEST.SYS to the directory where you want to
install the software. You should not run this program from the
distribution diskette. It is advisable to copy and run this program
from your hard disk drive.
3) DO NOT turn off your monitor during this test. You can turn the
brightness down to prevent burn-in of the monitor screen if you
desire but DO NOT turn off the monitor.
WHAT IS 386TEST (TM) ALL ABOUT
This program is designed to put your system through an electronic
torture test. It works on the principle that most problems appear due
to either poor engineering, defects during assembly or the use of
improperly rated components.
386TEST's intensive testing will bring the system's components to
extremely high operating temperature and subject them to extremely high
operational stresses. Design or component flaws will show up by hanging
the system or causing the system to perform warm or cold boots.
The best time to use this program is when you receive your brand new
computer. While you won't be able to use your new computer for one day,
it is better to locate any problems as soon as possible. If your system
passes the 24 hour test, it should keep running.
If you find that your system hangs or reboots, then something is wrong
with your computer. This program is used by a computer manufacturer to
test their computers in a 110 degree burn-in room for 48 hours. Any
computer with high quality, properly rated components can run this test
for weeks without crashing.
After the initial test and before the warranty expires run this test
three times, or a total of seventy two hours, just to make sure you can
detect any problems and get them fixed before the warranty expires.
NEW FEATURES IN 386TEST (TM)
1) 386TEST (TM) now runs multiple background tasks while the main test
program is running. Background tasks are added on an on-going basis
to increase the load on the processor, memory and system bus.
2) A DOS Extender is incorporated into the program and allows 386TEST
(TM) to test additional memory found in above the normal 640k memory
allocated for DOS programs.
3) The algorithms used in 386TEST (TM) have been changed and increase
the processor load by approximately thirty percent over previous
versions of the program.
4) Video RAM testing cycles have been increased to place a heavier load
on the video display card during the test period.
5) Portions of the program have been ported to machine language
allowing more tests to be run in a given period of time.
6) The documentation has been changed to reflect program updates.
7) Due to the immense popularity of this program the registration fee
has been lowered!
8) 386TEST (TM) requires that an 80386, 80486 or 80586 processor be
present in the system being tested.
Do NOT touch any of the components during testing. You can easily get
burned as the components get VERY hot! The system case SHOULD be closed
to insure that normal ventilation procedures are in use.
SHAREWARE REGISTRATION FORM FOR 386TEST (TM)
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QUANTITY DESCRIPTION PRICE TOTAL
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_______ Multi-User Site License $ 50.00 ______
_______ Source Code License * $ 5000.00 ______
Shipping/Handling $ 5.00 5.00
Please sumbit this form with payment to the author at the following
address and please allow two to three weeks for delivery.
* The author reserves the right to refuse to issue a source code
license, to anyone, for any reason at his sole discretion.
All registrations include free updates for one year, priority technical
support via, telephone, fax BBS and email and discounts on other products
released by the author.