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How to burn a windows memory diagnostic tool cd?


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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:49 PM

How exactly do I burn the windiag.iso file that mtinst.exe creates to CD? Do I simply use the "burn Iso File" option of my burning software [Nero 6]? Do I rename the file to remove the .iso extension, and then "burn Iso file", as in the instructions for creating slipstreamed installation cds? Do I need to use Nero's "create bootable CD" option and then burn the iso file?

Any advice on how best to use WMDT? MS suggests using the menu options to turn the CPU cache off and to run the "extended memory map" rather than the default standard map.
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:09 PM

Various ways to transform .iso files to bootable CDs: How to successfully burn or write an ISO-image to cd or dvd - http://iso.snoekonline.com/iso.htm.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 09:35 PM

Thanks hamluis, but I didn't find any info re burning iso images while making a boot disk following the link.
Except for this info - "If you are extracting to a hard disk, you should extract to a dedicated directory (not to the “root” of the hard disk). E.g. you should create a directory rather than using c:\ or d:\. Note that you will loose the option to boot from the cd/dvd (provided this was included in the ISO-image in the first place)." - which I don't understand. I bookmarked the page so I can go back later, w/ more experience, & figure out what that means.

I have Nero 6 on the computer which will burn an iso image and includes the option of leaving off the .iso extension, which is what I'd think you'd do altho MS doesn't say so. What I don't know is if the windiag iso file created by the memory diagnostic tool includes the boot files. I'm thinking that it does because per the description the memory diagnostic interface loads automatically when you insert the CD. That suggests to me the iso image includes a sort of boot.ini file that loads the memory diagnostic as part of the boot process and that suggests the iso image contains the boot files.

If I have to use Nero to burn a boot CD and then burn the iso image I have to find my notes and do some more reading. At one point you had to first make a boot floppy in order to burn a boot cd. I read about it, I've just never done it - since I haven't figured out what to put on a bootable CD that would help troubleshoot an ntfs volume. Don't know if there's an easier way these days.

I thought someone would have run the windows memory diagnostic tool and would know how to burn the cd and maybe have some tips so I don't spend forever trying to run this one test. Maybe those in the know use other utilities to test their RAM.
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 11:04 AM

This link is specifically for Nero and may assist:

http://www.custompcblog.com/troubleshootin...ble-cd-iso-nero

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:41 PM

No complicated program needed. Use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:44 PM

That's referred to in Louis' link.

OP was asking questions about Nero, which she already has.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:40 PM

IMO, Nero is a bit more difficult to use to burn an .iso file to CD. I've done it before with Nero 6.6 and it's simply easier to use any of the applications which are developed for specifically burning .iso files to CD, IMO.

I've had Nero 6.6 for many years now and use it for many things, but I don't suggest if for burning .iso files to bootable CD.

Out of the array of programs provided at the link I suggested...there are many alternatives to simplicity.

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Edited by hamluis, 07 February 2010 - 02:31 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2010 - 01:57 PM

Thanks to everyone for replying

The instructions for using nero via the link provided by petewills were completely different than the instructions I went by that didn't work. Without that right click info I couldn't figure out how to get nero to open the iso file. nero's help manuals need some work.

In order to install imageburn, I'd have to uninstall nero, correct? Wouldn't two optical burning programs conflict? I mostly burn data discs and nero's option to exclude file types when dragging over folders has been a real time saver. [That's a rclick also, which took me forever to find since the manual said to do it differently] I've never had to burn an iso image before, which is why I don't know what I'm doing.

Apparently, from reading How to Create a Bootable CD ISO with Nero, burning the iso image correctly makes the disc boot into the memory diagnostic window. You don't have to somehow do a burn iso and make bootable cd settings combination. I haven't actually tried it yet because currently I'm in crisis mode - hard drive scans indicate I have a failing hd on the thinkpad, the computer I use the most. The burners on my desktop are currently busy burning bu discs from BUs on the external HD.

I was able to create a bootable windows memory diagnostic floppy on my desktop and run the memory test on it. I have instructions for creating a bootable cd from a bootable floppy using nero, which I was going to try next. When my burners are free I'm going to try both ways for the experience.

It took two days running the extended, no cache memory test from the floppy on 256 MB RAM. Don't know if it would run quicker from cd.
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 02:00 PM

In order to install imageburn, I'd have to uninstall nero, correct?

Not at all. You can have as many burning programs, as you want.

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