Chapter 3 In-Class Lab Assignment

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Chapter 3 In-Class Lab Assignment
Chapter 3 In Class Lab Assignment
CIT 1100
In this lab you will be using copies of shareware to run tests on your system.
Shareware can be downloaded from the Internet at no cost and used to run
various tests on your systems hardware.
Before starting this lab Turn on your system to be certain that it works properly,
when finished shut it down using the proper shutdown procedures for the
operating system you are using.
(Click on Start  Turn Off Computer)
Since Sandra is shareware some of the programs mentioned in this lab may not
work. If that’s the case mark those areas as d.n.a. (does not apply)
1. Locate the file called Sandra stored in the directory you created in Lab
One, double click on the Sandra Icon and complete the installation.
Accept all the defaults and load the application. When you have
completed the installation there will be a new Icon
installed on your desktop. To start Sandra, click on the
icon.
2. When the application opens, click on the Hardware Tab - Some of the
modules listed are not available with the shareware release we are using,
they are displayed as grayed out try to click on Plug & Play as an
example. A full version can be purchased from Sisoftware for $39.00.
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As you open various modules you may see “Custom Rank Engines” pop up,
ignore this and close the window.
3.
Click on the Benchmarks Tab – This feature compares your processor
configuration against 4 other processors. Click on the Processor
Arithmetic module. On the bottom of the Processor Arithmetic screen is a
blue double arrow used to start the process. Click on the Icon and start the
CPU benchmark test, it takes a few minutes to initialize. When completed
the test will display Dhrystone* as a number of GIPS (Billions of
Instructions Per Second) the higher the better. *Dhrystone is a test used to
compare CPU performance, somewhat like comparing Miles per Gallon on different cars.
There are (4) reference processors you can compare your current system
against. The processor in your system is displayed in RED labeled
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“Current Processor”, is compared to 4 other processors each color
coded. Select the “Components Chart” tab, the highest values are in the
upper right corner of the display screen. (note enlarge the screen to make the
details easier to read)
Your system rating _______ GIPS Dhrystones (displayed in lower screen)
What is the rating of the following: (Use the drop down button to select the
various different processors) Wait for the test to cycle through the various
tests and watch for the display the measures GIPS on the upper graph.
a) Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
______ GIPS
b) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
______ GIPS
c) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
_____ GIPS
d) Intel Pentium D 840
_____ GIPS
*GIP is how many Billion instructions /sec the cpu can perform
Click on the Performance vs. Power tab to see how much power (in
watts) your processor uses as compared to the other reference
processors listed.
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After running any of the Benchmarks scroll to the bottom of the screen to see a
listing of suggested Performance Tips. Some tips give suggested changes you
can make to improve system performance.
Close the Processor Arithmetic Screen .
4. Use the various tests under the Hardware tab to answer the following:
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Computer Overview
1. Host Name
_______
2. Processor Model
_______
3. Internal cache
_______
4. Layer 2 Cache
_______
5. System BIOS
_______
6. Mainboard (motherboard)
_______
7. Size of the C: Drive
_______
8. Operating System
_______
Processors
1. Speed of CPU
_______
2. Model Number
_______
Physical Disks
1. Capacity of Hard Drive
_______
Close the Computer Overview screen.
5. Click on the Mainboard module to start the application, scroll to the
bottom of the screen and list any Performance Tips. Double click on any
listed tip to get more information.
How many suggestions are made to improve system performance? _______
Close the Mainboard Module
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6. Locate and click on Mainboard Configuration. After the system
analyzes itself select System BIOS in the Device drop down. Answer the
following questions about your system.
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Can the BIOS be Updated/Flashed?
__________
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Can the BIOS be Shadowed?
__________
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Is the BIOS Chip socketed?
__________
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Does it support Plug & Play?
__________
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Does it support ESCD?
__________
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Does it allow selective booting?
__________
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Will it allow booting from a CD?
__________
Are there any suggested performance enhancement tips listed at the
bottom of the screen? _____________
List some of the Performance tips reported under the Mainboard
Configuration module.
_____________________________________________________
Close the Mainboard Configuration.
7. Under the Software tab click on Operating System. Answer the
following questions about your system.
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What version of the operating system is running? _____________
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What is the product key?
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How long has your system been running? ______________
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Were any performance tips listed?
___________________
_______________
Close the Operating System.
8. Click on Modules and answer the following:
a) How much memory is currently being used by the application you
are currently running (Sandra)? __________ (Advanced, note that
you can select different processes to monitor from the drop down
screen)
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b) What version of Sandra is running on the system? _______
c) Who manufactured Sandra?_________________
Close the Modules. screen.
9. Click on Logical Drives and answer the following:
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What is the size of the C: Drive? _____ GB
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What percent of the drive is unused? ________
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What file system is being used? ________
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What is the maximum filename length? _______
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How many sectors per cluster? _______
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How many Bytes per sector? _______
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What is the cluster size? _________
Close the Logical Drives.
10. Click on Memory Usage and answer the following:
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How much total memory is reported on the system? _______
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How much memory is Free (unused)? ________
Close the Memory Usage.
11. Click on the Tools Tab, locate and click on Analysis and Advice, click on
the green arrow to start the process and select, “ Make Choices and
generate report”, (next), (next) “display on screen” (next), then click the
green checkmark to begin. After the system finishes analyzing each
section, it makes suggestions where appropriate, are there any
suggestions made to improve your system? If so list a few that you feel
could reasonably be accomplished. ____________________
12. How could you use SANDRA to improve your system? ______
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