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This tester runs independently of any OS - it is run at computer boot-up, so that it can test *all* of your memory. You may want to look at `memtester', which allows testing your memory within Linux, but this one won't be able to test your whole RAM.
It can output a list of bad RAM regions usable by the BadRAM kernel patch, so that you can still use you old RAM with one or two bad bits.
This software has been forked some time ago as memtest86+, which is also available in Debian. It has sometimes support for more recent hardware than memtest86 has.
Both memtest86 and memtest86+ are being worked on in parallel.
A convenience script is also provided to make a grub-based floppy or image.
memtest86 for Debian -------------------- Binary image is /boot/memtest86.bin To run the tester you'll need to setup your bootloader (see examples/lilo.conf for LILO), or to make a boot-floppy, and reboot on this image. The make-memtest86-boot-floppy utility will help you to create a boot floppy or floppy image. -- Yann Dirson <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Tue May 25 15:45:37 2004
==================== = MemTest-86 v4.0 = = 28 Mar, 2011 = = Chris Brady = ==================== Table of Contents ================= 1) Introduction 2) Licensing 3) Installation 4) Serial Port Console 5) Online Commands 6) Memory Sizing 7) Error Display 8) Trouble-shooting Memory Errors 9) Execution Time 10) Memory Testing Philosophy 11) Memtest86 Test A more»
make-memtest86-boot-floppy(1) make-memtest86-boot-floppy(1) NAME make-memtest86-boot-floppy - create a memtest86 boot-floppy using GRUB. SYNOPSIS make-memtest86-boot-floppy [ --memtest <path to memtest86-image> ] [ --floppyimage <path to floppyim‐ age/device> ] DESCRIPTION make-memtest86-boot-floppy can create a m more»
memtest86 (4.0s-1) unstable; urgency=low * New upstream release. * Acknowledge NMUs. -- Yann more»
This package was debianized by Yann Dirson <email@example.com> It was downloaded from http://www.me more»