Memory Testing dangers

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DaveBurnett

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Something I have just been reminded of - that I think many people may forget.

When doing memory testing - and this particularly applies to Memtest86 and I suspect ALL others as well, - remember that any memory reserved for a video card will NOT be included in the test.
Also the memory required by the system to actually run the test will be excluded.

If you have more than one stick, reverse the order in the motherboard and run the test again.
This will ensure that the excluded memory is taken from a different stick on the second test.

If you only have one stick, reduce the video memory to its minimum whilst doing the test , or even better, temporarily use another Graphics card with its own memory (absolute minimum spec needed as decent Memory tests only use VGA in text mode.)
 

JohnWill

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Good point. It probably doesn't get many people, but it's certainly something to keep in mind. :)
 
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