Is 10.3 i386 jinxed ?
kraduk at gmail.com
Wed May 4 08:34:09 UTC 2016
usually there is an option in the bios somewhere to alter the allocation of
ram to the video card. It can usually go from 64M-256M. Set it to the
lowest setting to present as much of the ram to the OS. Then run memtest
again. You may get different results.
On 4 May 2016 at 09:20, Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> wrote:
> On Wed, 4 May 2016 12:41:06 +0530, Manish Jain wrote:
> > On 05/04/16 10:35, Warren Block wrote:
> > > On Wed, 4 May 2016, Manish Jain wrote:
> > >
> > >> What is printed underneath is NE56R14l-B9502G32Mnks
> > >>
> > >> I can't be sure whether the l is actually l or I or 1
> > >
> > > Looks like this one:
> > > http://in.gateway.com/gw/en/IN/content/model/NX.Y1USI.005
> > >
> > > Which does not have a separate GPU, and means that the bad memory
> > > would be in one of the removable DIMMs.
> > >
> > >
> > Something to cheer about, at last. But then why does not memtest86+ pick
> > up any errors in 65 passes ?
> As I mentioned earlier, this is a "false-negative" result. The portions
> of the RAM dedicated for the GPU are "cut away" quite eary, so memtest
> can only test what's left for "normal RAM". And those portions don't seem
> to have the error. The "GPU RAM" portions cannot be tested with memtest
> because it cannot access them: To the memtest access routine, the situation
> is as follows: Let's say there are 4 GB RAM, 1 GB dedicated for GPU, so
> for memtest there's 3 GB RAM to check. _Where_ this is located - well,
> that depends on how the system BIOS/EFI decides on where to place the
> GPU RAM segment ("internal addressing"). Let's assume you have two chips
> of 2 GB each, this _could_ be the layout:
> Bank 0: |VVVFVVVVVV | 2 GB
> RAM address 00000000 here
> Bank 1: | | 2 GB
> Then memtest will check from 00000000 to the end of the 3 GB RAM, and
> the fault (F) is within the GPU RAM (V). It won't be tested.
> Maybe you could just swap the modules an re-run the test. However, it's
> hard to say _where_ the GPU RAM will end up, maybe at the beginning of
> bank 1? Maybe a "random choice"? Or maybe it isn't even one contiguous
> memory space?
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