Professional Hardware Diagnostics.

For Legacy PCI systems.


P.H.D. PCI2 is a power-packed hardware diagnostic tool integrating Flash firmware, memory, video and other circuitry to enable the card to execute several different diagnostic modes – ALL O/S FREE!


Performs component level motherboard testing utilizing direct hardware-to-hardware communication and displays simple PASS or FAIL results on the system monitor. This mode is used to run tests on a system that successfully completes POST (i.e. the system is capable of displaying a screen when power is on).


Extended Diagnostics provide an easy-to-use, menu-driven diagnostic, capable of executing proprietary core-level tests on the system and peripherals including – Memory, CPU, Motherboard, Storage Drives, Network, I/O Ports and much more.


Unlike inexpensive legacy POST hardware cards, PHD provides many advanced onboard features to help quickly identify boot related issues such as – Dual 7-Segment POST display, real-time power voltage monitoring, auxiliary, reset and clock LEDs.


For older systems, this exclusive test mode allows a seemingly DEAD motherboard (doesn’t successfully complete POST) to boot and perform diagnostics without the need for System Memory, BIOS, or Video to be present. The main purpose of this mode is to assist you in isolating faulty components that prevent the system from booting. PHD can easily diagnose problems with malfunctioning systems that cannot be isolated by software utilities or other testing methods that require much of the system to be functional and possibly the operating system (DOS, Windows or Linux) to be loaded. It will be quickly evident how much time and money you will save by using PHD to perform all your system troubleshooting.

When quality is imperative, choose the right tool!


Below are just a few highlighted features & benefits.

No More Swapping

Troubleshooting systems can be a time consuming and tedious process without the right test equipment and trial and error methods such as swapping components doesn’t guarantee that the problem has been resolved and won’t reoccur. P.H.D. PCI2 solves this problem by quickly & accurately isolating hardware issues.

Not just a POST Card

Unlike P.O.S.T. cards that merely display POST error codes, P.H.D. PCI2 is an actual hardware diagnostic card that performs a series of dynamic diagnostics to verify proper operation of system components. P.H.D. PCI2 is a single power-packed diagnostic tool integrating Flash firmware, memory, video and other circuitry to enable the card to boot and test seemingly "dead" motherboards. PHD PCI2 is capable of running complete diagnostics on a PCI compliant system even if memory, BIOS, keyboard, external boot devices(i.e. Floppy, CDROM or Hard Drive) and video graphics card are dead or absent.

Complete Assessment in Minutes

Simply insert the PHD PCI2 into any Intel compatible x86 motherboard and turn power on. Within the first few seconds a technician can determine a stuck Reset line, bad power supply, or defective/incompatible memory. Within minutes PHD PCI2 will provide a complete system assessment on screen pinpointing defective hardware components. With the flick of 1 switch, PHD PCI2 will perform complete extended diagnostic testing on both core and peripheral hardware. PHD PCI2 will quickly detect errors in minutes NOT hours.

Build/Ship with Confidence

No longer will PC manufacturers of all sizes and applications, have to be concerned about defective or DOA(Dead On Arrival) computers. Implementing P.H.D. PCI2 into current QA production and manufacturing lines will dramatically reduce NTF/NDF(No Trouble/Defect Found) RMAs and service calls. System Builders can quickly Burn-In/Age systems using P.H.D. PCI’s automated and unattended Burn-In function assuring quality and reliability of PC components.

Proven Technology

P.H.D. PCI2 loads from an onboard FLASH ROM and does not require any external booting devices or operating system. An operating system free environment eliminates any conflicts or interference from drivers, TSR’s and other items from the software layer that may occur during testing and provides a clean environment for precise and accurate testing. With industry-proven and proprietary technology, P.H.D. PCI2 is the single solution for any System Designer, Manufacturer, or Service and Repair shop.

Dual POST Display

POST codes are output by the system BIOS during the Power On Self Test sequence. POST codes are typically output as hexadecimal numbers. These numbers (or codes) identify each of the various components and functions ( a circuit or group of circuits) that are tested after the system is powered up. .

PCI Editor

This utility consists of a scrollable byte-level display that allows you to locate PCI registers and change them to the desired setting. This function can be extremely helpful in changing the system configuration and re-testing the system to catch configuration caused memory failures. This function helps save time by bypassing the BIOS CMOS setup program.

OnBoard Video

When this function is enabled, video adapter support is provided by the PHD PCI2 card itself. The OnBoard Video capability is designed for use only when in Force Start and Jump ROM Mode. In this mode, PHD acts as a substitute video adapter.

RS-232 Remote Data Logging

PHD is equipped with an RS232 Port and is normal known as a serial port. This port will enable you to send test results to another system. This will allow you to transfer tests results to a remote system. At which point the data can be formatted, printed or used in any way to meet your specific needs.

Critical Onboard LED Indicators

PCI Clock, Reset & Power Supply LED indicators provide a quick and easy method of determining critical hardware functionality such as a Stuck Reset Line, Out of Tolerance Power Supply or Dead PCI Clock.

Temperature / Voltage Monitoring

Temperature & Voltage measurement can be monitored using onboard sensor circuitry. Voltages are tested to within ±5% and temperature is measured in Fahrenheit and Celsius scales simultaneously.

Multi-Core testing

Utilizes direct hardware access commands to perform true low-level diagnostics without the need of MS-DOS, FREE-DOS, Windows, Linux, etc.. Eliminates any interference from Operating Systems, drivers, and TSRs.

Serial Attached SCSI RAID Testing

Supports multiple drive testing of SAS & SAS RAID controller cards. Testing of large drive RAID over 2TB is supported. Ideal for Server testing.

O/S Free System Burn-In

Performs comprehensive testing on the latest Single & Multi-Core, 32 & 64-bit x86 compatible processors. Low-level CPU testing of Instructions, Operations and Control functions are just a few tests that are run.

Compare P.H.D.

View the table below to ensure you have the correct product for your environment.
Boot directly (SBT)
Deploy through PCI Port
Deploy through PCI-Express x1 Port
Deploy through MiniPCI Express Port
Deploy through MiniPCI Port
Standard Diagnostic Mode
Extended Diagnostics Mode
POST Diagnostics Mode
Forced Diagnostic Mode
Dual 7-seg status display
Critical On-Board LED Indicators
Temperature/Voltage Monitoring
Onboard video
RS-232 Remote Data Logging
Multi-Core Memory Testing
Multi-Core CPU Testing


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Have questions? Check below for the most commonly asked questions or contact UX.
What is P.H.D.?
Professional Hardware Diagnostics(P.H.D.) is the original hardware diagnostic and validation tool designed for the rigorous testing needs of legacy PCI compliant systems whether or not all the components are installed or not..
How is P.H.D. different?
Unlike POST cards, P.H.D. PCI2 performs a series of active diagnostics to detect system failures. P.H.D. PCI's design incorporates onboard FLASH firmware, memory and video capabilities, enabling the card to test seemingly "DEAD" motherboards. P.H.D. PCI2 is capable of running complete diagnostics even if BIOS, memory, keyboard, and video adapters are defective or absent.
What Systems do P.H.D. support?
P.H.D. supports any PCI enabled x86 PC compatible hardware that can accept a PCI card. The ability to boot into extended diagnostics mode requires a minimum of hardware installed including CPU, Memory and have the ability to boot to the BIOS.
Where can I purchase a P.H.D.?
P.H.D. must be purchased one of the listed Ultra-X, Inc. Sales Representatives listed.
What is the difference between P.H.D. and R.S.T.?
R.S.T. premium allows more memory to be tested at once making it the ideal candidate for large scale server platforms and workstations boasting over 64gb of memory.


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