How do I register PBM?
PBM is very easy to register, simply purchase
a license from us on our order page, and you will receive a license code. To
enter your license information, simply boot the PBM Setup disk you used to
install PBM and select Registration, then Register, and finally Enter new
license. PBM stores the license on your PC's hard disk so you will not need to
enter it again.
Will PBM work with my operating system?
We have a list of Operating System
Installation Instructions in our online manual; however, PBM was designed to
work with any operating system that uses the traditional partition table which
should be ALL of them. Even if we do not list instructions for your operating
system, it is very likely to work once you figure out how to install it
properly. We are more than happy to test and provide installation instructions
for any operating system you like if we can download an ISO CD-ROM image of
it, or you send it to us for testing purposes.
What type of mice does it support?
It supports only PS/2 style mice. If your
BIOS has PS/2 emulation for USB mice, your USB mouse may also work. It is
unlikely that serial, non BIOS emulated USB, and other mice will work. In the
event that you are using an unsupported mouse, all functions can be controlled
by the keyboard.
Does it support BIOS disk translation
No, it does not. This is software like the
OnTrack Disk Manager (and there are others) that installs itself in the MBR
and loads code to access a larger drive than the BIOS is capable of. The
problem with BIOS disk translation software is that it creates an incompatible
environment for these reasons. (1) It remaps the drive so that the sectors are
not in the correct places, LBA 0 is NOT LBA 0 on a drive with this software
installed. (2) Booting any other way but from the hard drive results in not
loading the disk translation software, which results in corrupted access to
the drive. (3) It is prone to problems in which is becomes corrupted and the
users entire drive becomes inaccessble. (4) It is NOT a compatible way to fix
the issue, a newer BIOS is proper way to solve the issue.
What about programs like Drive Image that
alter the MBR to perform their tasks?
PBM will handle this properly, but there is one
word of caution. Programs like Drive Image actually have a feature to them
that allows the system to boot up and load a "virtual floppy disk". This
is a great feature and very handy to perform tasks that the program is unable to
perform when running within the operating system. What happens is that the
MBR is replaced with one that loads the virtual floppy disk and then restores
the correct MBR afterwards. This will work with PBM just fine, unless a
PBM Setup disk or CD-ROM is started when the system is rebooting to load the
virtual floppy. In this case, PBM Setup thinks that the unrecognized MBR
is a new MBR associated with the currently booted operating system and assigns
it. The result is that when booting that operating system, it will keep
booting the virtual floppy disk and NOT the operating system. To fix this,
simply go into the properties on the operating system and set it to use the
standard MBR instead of the custom one. If the operating system required a
custom MBR that was overwritten, then you will need to restore the PBM
configuration to recover the custom MBR.