[(borderline) OT]: memtest question

William A. Mahaffey III wam at hiwaay.net
Mon Aug 31 02:19:09 UTC 2015

On 08/30/15 21:05, Ken Moffat wrote:
> 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?

AFAIK, yes.

> 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 ?

Only if it works :-).

> 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 ?
> ĸen

I wanted to try 5.01 to see if it worked any better than the Passmark 
version, nothing more. There is a port of memtest86+ v4.2, but since the 
5.01 claims July 2013 as its inception, I figured 4.20 would be even 
older, perhaps unable to work w/ this particular CPU. There is also 
something called 'memtester-4.3.0', would you happen to know anything 
about it ? The currently running memtest still shows its spinning state 
ASCII icon, & the time advances, but it the pass progress & test 
progress haven't changed in hours now ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


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