View Full Version : Best DOS diagnostic utility?

IBM Portable PC
November 12th, 2013, 01:25 PM
MSD is okay, however there must be better?

Anything particularily useful with DMA and IRQ conflicts?

QAInfo is one I'm going to try.

Agent Orange
November 12th, 2013, 01:36 PM
There's a bunch of them out there; Norton Utilities, PC Tools, Mace Utilities. MSD still is pretty good for chasing down IRQ and port settings.

November 12th, 2013, 01:47 PM
Diagnostic, not informational?

I like PC Probe.

November 12th, 2013, 02:31 PM
QAPlus, AMI Advanced Diagnostics, Checkit, MicroScope

November 12th, 2013, 02:57 PM
I regularly use Checkit, Micro-Scope 2000, Dr. Hardware Sysinfo (Peter Gebhard), and Snooper. These are all from the mid 1990s.

Ole Juul
November 12th, 2013, 03:07 PM
In the informational department I like Snooper, and perhaps Checkit or Amadiag. However, one would have to ask how big you want it. Are you using a big system with a hard drive and space doesn't matter, or is this supposed to fit on a floppy along with your OS and other programs? Norton's SI is 133K and Snooper is 155K. Both of those are OK on a floppy. For IRQs, debug is good and the MS version is about 15K.

PS: I've got a zip of a bunch of them on-line here (http://cgs.coalmont.net/diags.zip).