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2.23 How do I get a system with parity support?




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This item is from the PC Hardware FAQ, by Willie Lim and Ralph Valentino with numerous contributions by others. (v1.25).

2.23 How do I get a system with parity support?

[From: gnewman@world.std.com (Gary Newman)]

Once you've decided you want a computer that supports parity error detection, you will find that nearly all mainstream mail order systems are not available with it. Here are a few approaches that work.

Buy a corporate or server system advertised with parity support. Dell Optiplex, HP Vectra, and others are available, but usually at a "corporate" priced premium of $600 or so.

Buy from a local system builder who will provide parity support.

Purchase a system with parity support but without parity SIMMs. All intel Neptune based P5 computers have such support. Then swap out the non-parity SIMMs after replacing them with parity simms you purchased from one of the many memory vendors. Then the non-parity SIMMs can be either sold to vendors who resell, or put in a game system you may have hanging around.

 

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