March 12, 1999
Quicktech98 Diagnostic software
For several years I have used Ultra-X's QuickTech software to diagnose
problems with PCs and to run as a burn-in utility. So, when I had the
opportunity to test and review the latest version, QuickTech98, I was very
interested to see the improvements.
This simple to use utility runs from a floppy disk, a 1.44mg 3.5"
disk. I have always liked that about this utility. Handy to have on hand and
easy to transport into the field. This newest version recognizes MMX, PII, AMD K6-2
and Cyrix CPUs. It still has all the functions I have always like about QuickTech,
the ability to test quickly and easily all the hardware in a system that is bootable.
Of course that is the big issue with a software diagnostic tool, if you
cannot boot the system, you cannot use it.
The diagnostics run very quickly and you can test an entire system in
less than 20 minutes. The software tests the major components, including Base
and Extended RAM, External Cache RAM, Hard, EIDE CD Roms and Floppy Drives, Video Card and
Monitor, Serial and Parallel ports (with loop backs), Keyboard, and even the system’s
printer. It also tests all the memory algorithms in multiple patterns, those nasty
little memory problems that will cause Windows GPFs, (the "blue screen of
death"). It even tests CD Rom drives without the need to load a driver.
The nicest feature about this product has always been it's independence from an
operating system. You just pop the floppy disk in the drive and it boots, totally
independent of any software on the system.
QuickTech98 has the a burn-in function that allows you to choose any or all of the tests
to be run in a long series of tests. When building a new system or checking the
integrity of an existing system, this is an excellent feature. There are enough
loops in the burn-in function to allow a system to be tested for days.
My final opinion of QuickTech98 has to be a solid recommendation and a hearty thumbs up.
If you build only a few systems a year, if you are a tech in the field or run your
own shop, this is a must have product. My only regret is that Ultra-X does not offer
a small simple shareware or demo version for the beginner computer builder to use to
burn-in their systems.
This one is a strong 9 on the scale of 1 to 10.