Specific DEC diagnostic questions (FKTG & ZDLD)

Tim Shoppa shoppa_classiccmp at trailing-edge.com
Sat Oct 21 19:21:36 CDT 2006


"Jay West" <jwest at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> I'd appreciate any input on the two issues above!

The XXDP diagnostics should not be given too much weight.

They suffered from bit-rot over time especially with respect to
documenting all the options/variants on tests and the wide variety
of machines and environments they might be run in.

The last couple of releases of XXDP did some serious damage to
usability on many simple platforms.

The formatter/drive exercisers/memory exercisers do have lasting
utility.

Being able to boot your OS is usually going to be far more relevant
than anything XXDP would tell you, especially if you do not understand
what the diagnostics are testing or how.

Tim.



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