[sf-lug] memtester

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sat Feb 2 22:24:37 PST 2008

Quoting Alex Kleider (a_kleider at yahoo.com):

> # man memtest
> yielded no entry, but
> # memtest --help
> suggested I install memtester
> # apt-cache show memtest 
> was unhelpful but
> # apt-cache show memtester
> tells me that memtest is a utility for testing the memory subsystem:
> Is that fancy talk for just checking for the integrity of RAM?
> So it can be done from the command line, I guess.

Um, I believe the two things you're looking for are Memtest86 and
Memtest86+ .  Each is something you boot into (either from your bootloader 
or from a live CD).



The old-fashioned way some of us _prefer_ to test RAM is this:
Note that this method spotted bad RAM that memtest86 had not.

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