[sf-lug] memory integrity checking / excluding bad memory

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Sat Feb 2 15:03:29 PST 2008

Alex Kleider wrote:
> Several months ago on a Monday night at the JavaCat, Asheesh and
> Kristian were trying to install onto a laptop that turned out to have
> bad memory; the problem was eventually discovered by checking the
> integrity of the computer's RAM but if I wrote down the command used,
> it's been lost. 
> Can someone let me know, please, what that command is? I've tried to
> google "memory integrity check" but come up with nothing relevant. 
> Also, please, what's the command to exclude the memory that is
> discovered to be bad?
> Thanks,
> alex
> a_kleider at yahoo.com
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Hi Alex,
I wasn't at the meeting, but usually memtest (http://www.memtest.org/)
takes care of that. It is included on many live CD distros such as
Ubuntu. Its an option at boot time.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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