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.
mac 10.6 on macbook pro
WinXP sp2 on Dell 380 w/ 512 MB RAM- currently dead in the water
WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
Win2K Sp4 on Sony VAIO GXR600 w/ 512 MB RAM - currently blue screening