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Clueless About Memtest


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#1 ejames82

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 03:43 PM

i would like to run memtest, but i don't know what to click on to begin. here are the choices.

download
prebuilt & ISO?
source code?
pre compiled bootable ISO?
(.gz)?
(.zip)?
pre compiled bootable binary?
(.gz)?
(.zip)?
pre compiled EXE file for USB key (Pure DOS)?
pre compiled package for floppy (DOS-Win)?



my computer is as compaq presario with intel celeron CPU 2,53GHz 248 MB of RAM. which do i click on? thanks, Ed James

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 08:16 AM

Choose "floppy" and extract it to a floppy, then run it in your computer.

Here are some other ram tests that may be easier (or may not be).

RAM tests

http://www.simmtester.com/page/products/doc/download.asp
http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp
http://www.memtest.org/
http://www.memtest86.com/

Edited by Enthusiast, 16 September 2006 - 08:18 AM.


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Posted 17 September 2006 - 06:59 PM

thanks enthusiast.
i have a computer wizard helping me with memtest, and we have the disk burnt, but it just is not reading the disk. will check out your info. Ed James

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 11:09 PM

Here's a memory tester that runs in Windows:
http://www.hcidesign.com/

Be aware that it can't check the memory that Windows is using - so it isn't a complete test like MemTest is. The maker says that it'll eventually test all of the memory (since Windows uses memory dynamically) - but I have no clue about how long that would take.
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Posted 09 July 2008 - 11:44 AM

a long time has passed and my computer expertise has improved significantly.
i solved my memtest problem. a poster suggested that there was a special way of burning the ISO to the disk. i received a tip to try this programme.

http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

i recommend for anyone downloading this programme, and perhaps any other ISO burning programme, that temporarily disabling antivirus, antispyware, and firewall may be necessary. i always temporarily disable my AV and AS, but it would not download without disabling my firewall.

once i downloaded and installed isorecorder, i downloaded the memtest iso file and right clicked on it (the iso icon). the isorecorder automatically takes over the process. once a pop-up saying "burning or the iso file is complete" has been displayed, and the disk tray pops open. the successful, useable memtest disk is made and ready to use.

as was advised to me, without a specific iso burner, i could have burned and wasted 1000 disks, and tried each of them 1000 times and none of them would ever work.

once the useable disk is made, i reclosed the tray, and restarted the computer. after the "compaq" screen (my computer is a compaq), a blue screen with "memtest 86" in red appears with text that is definitely indicative of a memory test being done. the blue "memtest 86" screen appears almost immediately after the "compaq" screen. not even a half minute passes before the test takes place. when the memtest is running, you definitely know it.

thanks for all replies.




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