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The following programs have been sent in by users – Use them at your own risk! Please run an anti-virus on them; you can never be too careful.


Quick Conversion Utility from Jennifer Robertson:

“This program converts temperature (Celsius to Fahrenheit and vice versa), weight (ounces to grams and grams to ounces), and length (inches to millimeters, and vice versa). I like to call it the Quick Conversion Utility. It’s 74 kb and in DOS format.

Jenifer Robertson”

Quick Conversion Utility


PC System Information Program from Daniel Guenter:

“I developed a program called Aplus designed to help me at work (I work at K&B Computers in Lethbridge, AL.) and also to have something to give to customers when they ask how to tell what kind of peripherals they have in their computers. I get the CPU information from CPUID instructions (AMD had a very helpful article on how to do this) and the CPU speed from precision timing.

The peripheral info is taken from the registry. Please note that this program creates several files in the directory from which it is run (if they are not there already). One is to store windows keys – let me explain:

The place where I was working when I wrote this dealt with tons of used machines; the key database was to allow us to upload a whole bunch of keys (valid keys) into the database and then to put them on the machines we would restore, so that each one would have a different product key.

The other file is to store CDROM parameters. Since there is no way to tell from the CDROM the rated speed and type, I decided to create a database file. Every time I came across a new CDROM, I would add it into the database file. Once the CDROM is in the database, it will tell you the parameters.

I have a lot more plans for this program but that’s after I finish my current mods. This program works in Windows 9x. I have to rework it to add NT functionality, since the registry keys are different in NT. Also I have never had the chance to test it on a P4, if someone could send me the family and model numbers, I would love to add it in.

Daniel Guenter”

APlus


CPU ID Program from Mike Earwood:

“I am a system administrator and this is a little program I wrote for myself. I wanted to be able to find out as much about a computer as possible without having to remove the cover. I also wanted the program to fit on a floppy as a single executable with no installation procedures. I try to update it every few months with new processor data, etc.

Mike Earwood”

CPUID


Voodoo 5-5500 Overclocking Utility from Daniel Silver:

“I’ve written a program to overclock the Voodoo 5-5500; sorry it doesn’t have any readme or documentation but does it really need any?

Daniel Silver”

V5Turbo


CPU Stress Program from Brian Jonas:

“I checked out your section on burnin programs and warmup programs. Although they did heat up the CPU, I wrote one that is better. It allows you to choose the amount of time to stress the CPU. From seconds to up to around a day. The program really gets things cooking on my overclocked K6-3; much higher than warmup.exe and PI (I mean really hot!!!). Also, it lets you know if it passed the test which I don’t think warmup had. Let me know what you think, it is
free to all!

Brian Jonas”

Hot Potato


CPU Heat Calculator from Kevin Croft:

“This program allows the user to quickly calculate the amount of heat (in watts) a CPU will generate at any speed and voltage. Sliders are used to select CPU settings.

I’ve made some nice updates to the program:

You can now drag your ambient temp & CPU temp and it’ll calculate the C/W
ratio – or you can go the other way – drag the C/W ratio and it’ll calculate the CPU temp – or drag the MHz and Voltage and watch the CPU temp change, given a fixed C/W value – or drag the MHz and Voltage and watch the C/W value change given a fixed CPU temp!

It’s really slick for doing endless What-If scenarios.

It now has a ‘Coolers’ database to keep track of all the latest C/W rating
for the coolers out there.

The coolest part for you guys is this: The databases are now updated via the web, and you guys can add new coolers to your coolers.dat file (just drag the C/W slider, type a name for the cooler and click ‘Add’).

Then make your coolers.dat file web-accessible, and tell your users to
update their radiate settings to point to the web file – the next time the
user clicks “Web Update”, viola – they are using your coolers.dat file!

This way everyone can be reading your review of the cooler – and playing a
what-if game in Radiate with their processor and the cooler you just
reviewed!

Sounds like a lot I know, but the simplicity is still there.”

Thank you, Kevin”

Radiate


CPU Warmup Utility from Andrew:

“May I ask you to try the small cpu warmup utility I wrote? — for
your convenience, I include both source code and executable compiled
with VC6.0SP3 with /O2.

To use, just type “warmup 2M” (you may try different size of buffer — say, 512K, etc.). I recommend using buffer that is at least 9 times larger than L2 cache size for P3, 5 times larger than cache size of Celeron.

In many respects WarmUp.exe is similar to BurnBX.exe — it stresses
L2 cache — but typically it heats o/c’ed CPU by about +10 C higher.

My own experiments with different coolers, thermal pastes, etc. show
that CPU temp under “Full Prime95 load”, “Quake2”, etc. is not the
max possible; a CPU may run Prime95 just fine and stay cool but
warmup.exe may heat it up considerably higher than that. It means
that many temp reading given by amateur overclockers and respective
claims about CPU stability are at least questionable.

Thank you, Andrew”

Warmup Source Code
Warmup Executable


SOYO 6/7VCA SOFT FSB File from Ji Junjie:

“I wrote an ICS9248-98 PLL file after I read your article about ‘Soyo SY-6/7VCA’. This PLL file works very well! I am an overclocker, too.

Best regards! Ji Junjie:

6/7VCA PLL File


BE6-2 FSB File from Freddy Lozano:

“I think you should give this file for Be6-2 users. It lets you
change the FSB within windows and change the dividers. It’s pretty
small – 101 kb.

Freddy Lozano in Texas”

NOTE: Jesse found that this does not work in W2K.

CPU Boost


CPU Burn Utility from Gabe @ Swiftech:

NOTE: Gabe @ Swiftech sent this to me to stress CPUs – He uses it all the time and finds it very effective.

CPU Burn2.zip


Pi Solver for CPU Burn in and benchmarking:

“Hmm… You’ve heard of Pi, right? 3.14159265… Now,
How about a Pi benchmarking and burn-in
program.

This program will exercise your hard drive, ram and especially your cpu. Besides that, you can figure something out in your computer, thus giving you something productive while benchmarking or burning
in your system. Unfortunately, I can download about 6 times more in a thirty-secondth of the time, but the program works well.

It’s passive, so you can have winamp running along with it so you can go to overclockers.com and listen to music while your cpu is having a workout. Watch out though – my Norton AV didn’t like the low memory, so you better release some RAM from Pi proggy so your AV could be happy. Try it – it’s a good alternative to SETI and you don’t have to wait for it to finish in the morning. It took my Celeron 850 about 7.2 hours to finish.

Kevin Tam”

Pi Solver


Give these a try and tell us how they work out.

Joe Citarella.

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