[(borderline) OT]: memtest question

Ken Moffat zarniwhoop at ntlworld.com
Mon Aug 31 02:02:03 UTC 2015

On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 08:42:22PM -0453, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> I downloaded Passmark memtest v6.0.0 some weeks ago & dd'ed it to a USB
> stick & used it to memtest a box I was then building, AMD 4256EE Opteron
> based server. Everything went AOK (IIRC) & the box is now in service. I am
> doing another one now (AMD A8 6500 CPU based) & the memtest seems to be
> stuck. I downloaded memtest86+ lastest from their site (5.0.1) & want to
> make another USB memtest stick out of it. I wound up going to the Passmark
> version back when because I could never get a bootable USB stick configured
> from this box (FreeBSD 9.3R-p24 now, ~p9 back then). I wound up using
> Passmark's disk image, dd-ing it to a USB stick under Linux, & all went
> well. The file I downloaded is called 'memtest86+-5.01.bin.gz' & file says
> it is just a compressed '.bin' file:
I had never heard of passmark memtest until you mentioned it, but it
appears to be the current version of memtest86, unless I am mistaken?

Om ny current machines I happen to use memtest86+, but on _none_ of
them does the "use all processors" variant run for more than a
couple of minutes.  So, do you really _need_ memtest86+5.01 ?

Mine are all installed to /boot from linux, so I cannot offer any
suggestions about how to install to a stick.  But in theory, both
are variants of the same test routine, and therefore either variant
is *probably* good-enough for most people ?

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