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thorough real-mode memory tester

Memtest86 scans your RAM for errors.

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.

Package version:4.0s-1


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 <>, 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


make-memtest86-boot-floppy(1)          make-memtest86-boot-floppy(1)

       make-memtest86-boot-floppy  -  create a memtest86 boot-floppy
       using GRUB.

       make-memtest86-boot-floppy    [    --memtest     <path     to
       memtest86-image>   ]   [  --floppyimage  <path  to  floppyim‐
       age/device> ]

       make-memtest86-boot-floppy can create a m


memtest86 (4.0s-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * New upstream release.
  * Acknowledge NMUs.

 -- Yann 


This package was debianized by Yann Dirson <>

It was downloaded from

Browse inside memtest86_4.0s-1_kfreebsd-i386.deb

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