bad RAM? prove it with a crash dump?

John Baldwin jhb at
Thu May 6 11:55:45 UTC 2010

On Thursday 06 May 2010 4:57:05 am Atom Smasher wrote:
> i suspect i've got bad RAM but memtest has run through several dozen 
> iterations without a problem. my (3 year old) laptop will run for a few 
> days or weeks and then crash/freeze/hang. i've enabled crash dumps and i'm 
> wondering if/how the dump might be able to (dis)prove that the RAM is bad. 
> any ideas?

If you can find a bad pointer that has a single-bit error that can certainly 
point to bad memory.

John Baldwin

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