The IBM Standalone Diagnostics CD provides hardware diagnostics and service-related utilities for POWER, PowerPC, eServer i5 system with common pSeries I/O, and RS/6000-based systems. The preferred method for diagnosing and servicing these systems is to use the concurrent diagnostics and service-related utilities that are installed with the operating system on the system or partition. However, the standalone diagnostics CD would be used in the following situations when it makes sense to test the hardware independent of the operating system:
- When there is no operating system installed on a system or partition
- When the operating system does not have support for the service related function you wish to perform
- When there may be a problem with the boot device
- When the service documentation specifically recommends running standalone diagnostics
Updates are released periodically to support new systems and devices.