DMIScope

DMIScope 2.0

A highly professional tool to help you explore and customize your PC's SMBIOS
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Expert computer specialists will surely find DMISCope a useful resource to browse and understand the System Management BIOS (or DMI BIOS) information of any computer. Besides, they are even given the possibility of customizing the way this information is shown by adding their own descriptions to those structures.

The program’s interface offers you various viewing options for each of the data structures in the components listed by the SMBIOS – namely, a report, a list of data fields, a string table, and a Hex dump. As a bonus, the program can display at the bottom half of its main interface: a Hardware Debugger, which will allow you to read and write to system memory in the most convenient way. Besides, if your computer’s motherboard happens to support updating the DMI information, the program offers you the possibility of editing this information in a simple and straightforward way. DMIScope comes with a Write Tester that will tell you if your version of DMI BIOS supports editing the DMI information or not, as well as a list of all those fields that you can modify via a simple text-based interface.

The text report is a simple ASCII file that you can save and carry with you. It contains all the data structures in your SMBIOS described in a way that you can easily understand and – more important – locate in a simple text search. You can use this utility not only to keep a snapshot of the SMBIOS of any of your computers at a given time, but to compare the SMBIOS information of a series of computers, and to explore SMBIOS information of remote systems and of those you don’t have direct access to. Just ask your colleagues to send you a copy of the corresponding ASCII report file via e-mail and you will have the most exhaustive information of that BIOS in no time.

DMIScope is not for every computer user, but for system administrators and computer specialists who can find their way through the intricacies of the cryptic data structures, which define our systems’ BIOS. If you are one of them, you will find this tool a great companion and a truly handy tool to help you deal with probably the most sensitive components of your computer.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Four different viewing options of SMBIOS data
  • Allows you to add descriptions to data structures
  • Can export the SMBIOS information to file
  • Comes with a built-in debugger
  • Supports all Windows versions

Cons

  • None
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