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Doing self-checks in wrap-around manner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010846D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jan-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jan-27

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Many computer systems are set up to do periodic precautionary self testing, for example antivirus checks or memory checks. However, since these checks need resources, users tend to run out of patience and cancel the self testing process before it is finished; as a consequence, some elements (e.g. low address memory) are tested frequently while other elements (e.g. high address memory) are tested seldom or never. This disclosure describes how coverage of the self testing can be improved in this scenario.