The Universal Post-Probe PCI is a post reader card for
diagnosing any ‘dead’ PC that won’t boot up. Just plug the
card into an empty slot of the ISA, EISA or PCI bus, turn
on the system and in seconds receive a diagnostic code to pinpoint
the exact cause of system failure, derived from the PC’s own
Power-On Self Test or POST.
Although other vendors give you a choice of either a PCI card
or ISA card, Micro 2000’s Post-Probe is the only one to combine
a PCI card and ISA POST card on the same card to diagnose a dead
computer whether it’s ISA or PCI, with a single tool.
The Post-Probe PCI includes a manual with complete tables for the POST
diagnostic codes of approximately 40 BIOS versions, which includes all common PC BIOS manufacturers and many of the uncommon ones. Each POST code listing also contains a reference to a diagnostics chapter that explains the particular hardware function causing the error. A section on beep codes is included.
Post-Probe is available separately but is usually combined with Micro 2000’s Micro-Scope PC diagnostics software in a product called the Universal Diagnostic Toolkit. This is the complete PC diagnostics solution, for troubleshooting any PC, dead or alive.
Micro 2000 products can be purchased from Micro 2000 dealers world wide. Contact us or locate a reseller for details on the latest product specifications and pricing in your part of the world.
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When the card is inserted in the PCI bus, we capture all of the POST codes, even before the PCI bus has been initialized and tested by the BIOS.
Lights monitor advanced PCI and ISA signals including Clock, Frame, Initiator Ready, Target Ready, Device Select, I/O Read, I/O Write, Reset, Clock, Memory Read/Write, Address Latch Enable, and Oscillator functions.
The card's excellent design allows viewing of the lights and numeric display from either side of the card no matter how its inserted into the computer.
Advanced monitoring lights for both PCI and ISA functions. If the system is so dead that it isn't even posting, these lights will lead you in the right direction.
Voltage tips accurately designed to clip Volt Meter leads to while monitoring voltage to the system board including +5vdc -5vdc +12vdc -12vdc and an additional monitor for 3.3V on the PCI BUS.
PRE-P.O.S.T. TESTS - Two LEDs monitor clock signals and oscillator signals, making it easy to determine synchronous operation. Additionally, the LEDs are on separate circuits, making it easier to spot the difference between clock chip and crystal failures.
One LED monitors the Reset signal. This allows a reset to be seen during POST, and may indicate a short.
POST Step button allows you to cycle through all displayed POST codes one at a time up to the point of failure.
Compact design makes it less bulky than other PCI/ISA combo POST cards, and helps to prevent the ISA portion from being plugged in backwards
Two LEDs monitor I/O read and I/O write, distinguishing between read and write failures. Also monitored are Memory read/write to distinguished between address line failures and memory chip failures. This feature is especially beneficial when working with older BIOS's that don't emit P.O.S.T. codes such as DTKs and older XTs. An ALE LED monitor ensures proper CPU/DMA operation.
The POST PROBE PCI is the only totally universal POST reader card that will work in ANY desktop PC. Our card supports ISA, PCI, and even Micro Channel systems. The Micro 2000 Micro Channel Adapter works in tandem with the POST-Probe's 8-bit ISA interface, allowing the POST-Probe to work with any bus on the market, from the IBM PS/2 to EISA and Compaq machines.
To accomplish this feat, POST- Probe has the ability to function on various port addresses, depending on the bus type. Troubleshooting a dead PC is now just three simple steps:
Get the Code: The POST PROBE PCI will display a two- digit error code on its hexadecimal display. The display itself is mounted on both sides of the card so it's visible no matter which way it's installed. Simply reference the code in the documentation under the correct BIOS.
Find the Problem: Our POST Code lists have been translated from the ambiguous POST lists the manufacturers provide into a simple table that shows WHAT COMPONENT OR AREA IS BEING TESTED.
Find the Solution: After finding the failing component, reference to the Troubleshooting section to find a detailed explanation of the component itself and advice on repair or replacement. The comprehensive manual covers POST procedures for AMI, AWARD, ZENITH, CHIPS and Technologies, HEWLETT-PACKARD, IBM, MR BIOS, PHOENIX, XT, DTK and several others. The manual is laid out to show the POST code test failures, and also a "plain-English " description of the exact chip or device that caused that test to fail. Also included in the back of the manual are diagrams of the ISA and PCI bus pin outs, a memory map, standard IRQ assignments, and some of the more common chip designations.