Architecture   Typical Computer   Port 
 PC   PC   None 
 ISA   XT   60 
    AT   80 
    PS/2 25,30   90,190 
 MCA   PS/2 50 up   680, 3BC 
 EISA   None   None 
IBM POST Procedures
 CPU   Perform register test on the CPU by writing data patterns to the registers and reading the results of the write 
 ROM BIOS Checksum   The value of the bits inside the BIOS chip(s) is added to a preset value that should create a total value of 00 
 CMOS RAM   RAM within the CMOS chip is tested by writing data patters tot he area and verifying that the data was stored correctly 
 DMA   Test DMA chips by forcing control inputs to the CPU to an active state and verifying that the proper reactions occur 
 8042/8742 Keyboard Controller   Test including Gate A20 and the reset command.  The buffer space is prepared and data is sent to the determined area via the keyboard controller to see if commands are received and executed correctly 
 Base 64K System RAM   Perform a walking bit test on the first 64K of RAM so the BIOS vector area can be initialized.  Check for bad RAM chips or a data/address line 
 8259A PIC   Determine if commands to interrupt CPU processes are carried out correctly.  Check the PIC, PIT, RTC, CMOS and Clock chips 
 8254 PIT   Check that proper setup and hold times are given to the PIC for interrupts of the CPU processes.  Check the PIT or Clock chip 
 82385 Cache Controller   This is normally responsible for cache and shadow memory 
 CMOS RAM Configuration Data   Check information in CMOS RAM before further testing so any failures after this could also be down to the CMOS chip 
 CRT Controllers   Test any video adapters listed in the CMOS 
 RAM above 64K   perform walking bit pattern test on memory above 64K listed in CMOS 
 Keyboard   Test interface to the keyboard including scan code stuck keys etc. 
 Pointing Device   Test and initialize vector for any pointing devices found.  Failure to see a device may be down to the device itself but there may be a problem with the CMOS or 8042/8742 
 Diskette Drive A:   Test and initialize the A: drive 
 Serial Interface Circuitry   Test any RS232 devices found at the proper I/O address 
 Diskette Controllers   In an A: drive has been found further testing is performed before proceeding to the bootloader.  This test includes reading the first sector of any diskette in the drive to see if a valid boot code is there 
 Fixed Disk Controllers   Test and initialize any hard drives set in the CMOS including reading the first sector of the hard drive to see if a valid boot code exists 
IBM XT BIOS (Port 60)
 00 or FF   CPU register test failed 
 01   BIOS ROM checksum failed 
 02   System timer 1 failed 
 03   8237 DMA register Read/Write failed 
 04   Base 32K RAM failed 
 01   CPU flag and register tested 
 02   BIOS ROM checksum tested 
 03   CMOS shutdown byte 0F tested 
 04   8254 PIT channel 0 tested 
 05   8254 PIT channel 1 tested 
 06   8237 DMA initialize registers test 0 
 07   8237 DMA initialize registers test 1 
 08   DMA page register tested 
 09   Memory refresh tested 
 0A   Soft reset tested 
 0B   8042 keyboard controller reset 
 0C   8042 keyboard controller reset OK 
 0D   8042 keyboard controller reset 
 0E   Memory tested 
 0F   I/P buffer switch settings obtained 
 DD   RAM error 
 11   Protected mode initialized 
 12   Protected mode registers tested 
 13   8259 PIC #2 initialized 
 14   Temporary Interrupt vectors setup 
 15   BIOS Interrupt vectors obtained 
 16   CMOS checksum and battery OK 
 17   Defective CMOS battery flag set 
 18   CMOS set checked 
 19   CMOS return address byte set 
 1A   Temporary stack set 
 1B   Segment address 01-0000, second 64K, tested  
 1C   Memory size; See if 512K or 640K present 
 1D   Segment address 10-000, over 640K, tested 
 1E   Expansion memory set as is reported by the CMOS 
 1F   Address lines 19-23 tested 
 20   Preparing to return to protected mode 
 21   Return from protected mode successful; 6845 video controller initialized and started 
 22   6845 video controller tested 
 23   EGA/VGA BIOS tested 
 24   8259PIC Read/Write mask register with 1's and 0's 
 25   Interrupt mask registers tested 
 26   Unexpected Interrupts checked for; Error 101 displayed 
 27   System board tested: POST logic  
 28   Unexpected NMI Interrupts tested for  
 29   8253 PIT timer tested 
 2A   8253 timer tested 
 2B   8253 timer initialized; System board error 
 2C   8253 timer Interrupt initialization; System board failure 
 2D   8042 keyboard controller checked for command 
 2F   8042 keyboard checked for warm boot 
 30   Shutdown return 2 set 
 31   Protected mode enabled 
 32   Address lines 0-15 
 33   Next block of 64K RAM tested 
 34   Real mode enabled 
 35   8042 keyboard controller tested 
 36   Check for keyboard error 
 38   8042 keyboard controller failed 
 3A   8042 keyboard controller initialized 
 3B   Expansion ROM's checked for in 2K blocks 
 3C   Floppy drive controller tested 
 3D   Initialize the floppy drive controller 
 3E   Initialize hard disk controller 
 3F   Initialize parallel port 
 40   Hardware Interrupt enabled 
 41   System code at segment E0000h checked for 
 42   Exit to system code 
 43   Call to boot loader 
 44   Boot from fixed disk 
 45   Unable to boot from fixed disk; Boot to BASIC 
 81   Descriptor table built 
 82   Virtual mode started 
 90-B6   Memory and bootstrap testing done 
 F0   Data segment set 
 F2   Interrupts tested 
 F1   Exception Interrupts tested 
 F3   Verify 286 protected mode instructions (LDT/SDT and LTR/STR) 
 F4   Verify 286 protected mode instructions (Bound instruction) 
 F5   Verify 286 protected mode instructions (Push and pop) 
 F6   Verify 286 protected mode instructions (Access rights) 
 F7   Verify 286 protected mode instructions (RPL field adjusted) 
 F8   Verify 286 protected mode instructions (LAR function) 
 F9   Verify 286 protected mode instructions (LSL instruction) 
 FA   Verify 286 protected mode instructions (Memory chip selected) 
IBM PS/2 (Micro Channel) BIOS
 00   CPU tested with patter FFAA0055 
 01   CPU 32 register tested 
 02   BIOS ROM checksum tested 
 03   System port 94 enabled and checked 
 04   POST registers, port 102 enabled and checked 
 05   POST registers port 96 enabled and tested 
 06   CMOS shutdown byte 0F tested 
 07   CMOS extended port 74-76 enabled and tested 
 08   DMA and page registers tested (ports 2, 18, 1A and 1C) 
 09   DMA initialized 
 0A   Memory refresh tested 
 0B   8042 keyboard controller buffers tested (ports 61 and 64) 
 0C   8042 keyboard controller internal test (port 60) 
 0D   8042 keyboard controller internal test continued 
 0E   8042keyboard controller self test error 
 0F   Memory sized and setup 
 10   First 512K base memory tested 
 11   Base memory error, system halted 
 12   Protected mode instructions tested; Keyboard commands tested 
 13   PIC Interrupt controller 1 (master) tested 
 14   PIC Interrupt controller 2 (slave) tested 
 15   Initialize 120 Interrupt vectors 
 16   Initialize 16 extended vectors 
 17   CMOS/RTC tested; CMOS byte 0D tested 
 18   CMOS/RTC checksum tested 
 19   CMOS/RTC battery tested 
 1A   Check for soft or hard reset 
 1B   Protected mode initialization 
 1C   Protected mode stack set; Pointer to end of first 64K set 
 1D   Low memory size tested in protected mode 
 1E   Memory size information saved 
 1F   Memory split address setup 
 20   Check for extended memory beyond 64MB 
 21   Test memory-address bus lines 
 22   Clear parity error and channel lock 
 23   Initialize interrupt 0 
 24   Check CMOS RAM validity 
 25   Write keyboard-controller command byte 
 40   Check valid CMOS RAM and video system 
 41   Display error code 160 
 42   Test registers in both interrupt controllers 
 43   Test interrupt controller registers 
 44   Test interrupt mask registers 
 45   Test NMI 
 46   NMI error has been detected 
 47   Test system timer 0 
 48   Check system speaker clock 
 49   Test system timer 0 count 
 4A   Test system timer 1 count 
 4B   Check if timer interrupt occurred 
 4C   Test timer 0 for improper operation (too fast or too slow) 
 4D   Verify timer interrupt 0 
 4E   Check 8042 keyboard controller 
 4F   Check for soft reset 
 50   Prepare for shutdown 
 51   Start protected mode test 
 52   Test memory in 64KB increments 
 53   Check if memory test done 
 54   Return to real mode 
 55   Test for regular or manufacturing mode 
 56   Disable the keyboard 
 57   Check for keyboard self test 
 58   Keyboard test passed 
 59   Test the keyboard controller 
 5A   Configure the mouse 
 5B   Disable the mouse 
 5C   Initialize interrupt vectors 
 5D   Initialize interrupt vectors 
 5E   Initialize interrupt vectors 
 60   Save DDNIL status 
 61   Reset floppy drive 
 62   Test floppy drive 
 63   Turn floppy-drive motor off 
 64   Set up serial ports 
 65   Enable real time clock interrupt 
 66   Configure floppy drives 
 67   Configure hard drives 
 68   Enable system CPU arbitration 
 69   Scan for adapter ROM's 
 6A   Verify serial and parallel ports 
 6B   Set up equipment byte 
 6C   Set up configuration 
 6D   Set keyboard-typematic rate 
 6E   Call Int. 19 boot loader