[(borderline) OT]: memtest question
Michael B. Eichorn
ike at michaeleichorn.com
Mon Aug 31 14:16:55 UTC 2015
On Sun, 2015-08-30 at 21:24 +0000, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> 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
> 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 ....
Just checked, memtest86+ 5.01 is the version on the Arch Linux
live/install iso. https://www.archlinux.org/download/
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