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@{b}INTRODUCTION@{ub}


@{b}Original introduction from the original author back in the days@{ub}

INTRODUCTION
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This program was originally  written due to the lack of  such a program on
the Amiga. Since that time the  response has been terrific. SysInfo is now
even more powerful and has become a standard on the Amiga.

I  have placed  this  program on  Shareware  so  that it  can  be used  by
everyone. All  code, graphics  and documents  remain copyright  Nic Wilson
Software.

If you  like this  program, then  help me to  help you  more by  sending a
donation.

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                    IMPORTANT FOR KICKSTART 1.2 - 1.3
                    *********************************

Amigas that have a maths co-processor using kickstart 1.3 or earlier, MUST
use SetPatch 1.34 or later otherwise this program will crash. This program
uses 68881  & 68882 instructions  and a bug in  the kernal causes  a guru.
SetPatch patches  this bug. This  is not  required for Kickstart  V2.04 or
greater.

Sysinfo is an  Amiga Sytem Information program. It  interrogates the Amiga
and determines types  of hardware, software, modes, speed  etc. Users have
found it very useful for determining  correct operation of an Amiga before
purchase and that the unit actually contains hardware that they are paying
for, without  having to  open it  up. It is  under constant  revision, and
these revisions are available from myself at  any time. My goal is to make
SysInfo  the most  informative  and accurate  information  program on  the
Amiga. To do this I need your feedback and suggestions.

This program is tested with the program 'Enforcer'.

Please be  patient if you  are running SysInfo on  a standard Amiga  as it
will take a  while to perform its tests. SysInfo  really interrogates your
system  and has  to perform  many  timing loops  to test  ram speed,  type
etc.  Some other  programs sacrifice  accuracy by  speeding the  tests up,
SysInfo  takes  time  but  does  an  intensive  test.  At  times  it  also
disables multitasking and  may blank the mouse pointer. It  will return to
multitasking when finished and the mouse pointer will return.

TIMINGS FROM ONE VERSION OF SYSINFO TO THE NEXT
-----------------------------------------------

If you are wondering how come  SysInfo may give different results from one
version to  the next, this  is because it  is under constant  revision and
accuracy is improved  with each version as YOU THE  USER gives me feedback
on varying models and configurations.  This feedback is very important, as
it  allows SysInfo  to grow  into the  most powerful  and accurate  System
information program and an invaluable tool for the Amiga.

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