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What is the meaning of a MemTest?

Hi folks,

What is the meaning of a MemTest? :)

Here are the results: [Memtest 4.0] :hello:

I selected option 2, Memtest 3.5, and the program ran :D

"Unexpected Interrupt - Halting CPU0" :heink:
Errors: 0
Ecc Err: 0
Pass: 0
Pass 0%
Test 57%
Time = 01 sec

::100% of time same results #Boots: 4 :cry:
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  1. Basically, all you really want to know is if it completed one pass without any errors. Memtest is a small routine that checks all memory addresses for errors that would indicate a faulty stick of RAM.
  2. Memtest should be run overnight, at least 12 passes. Any error is unacceptable.

    http://www.memtest.org/

    Version 4.2 is current.
  3. Hello,

    So what should I do, throw away the RAM since it is a failed test?

    Test Time: 1 second

    Could not do an overnight test.
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    James T Kirk USS Enterprise said:
    Hello,

    So what should I do, throw away the RAM since it is a failed test?

    Test Time: 1 second

    Could not do an overnight test.

    You can run it again for a '2nd opinion' if you want. But if it fails on the first pass, the RAM is either faulty or the memory controller is. Most likely the RAM. That's why I said you really only need to run it for one pass if you're not O/Cing and testing for stability. Memtest will find the error in 1 pass.
  5. Best answer selected by James T Kirk USS Enterprise.
  6. I am going to do the isolate 1 RAM stick diagnostic test.

    If it fails on one pass, I am going to throw it in the garbage.
  7. James T Kirk USS Enterprise said:
    I am going to do the isolate 1 RAM stick diagnostic test.

    If it fails on one pass, I am going to throw it in the garbage.

    Don't do that... recycle it.

    Btw, if you buy memory always buy in matching pairs for populating 2 slots, and matching 4's if populating 4 slots. If your system uses triple channel memory (3 or 6 slots), buy in sets of 3 or 6. Keeping volatge and timings the same is critical for problem free usage.
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