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Old 2005-02-15, 08:35   #1
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Default Windows Memory Diagnostic from MS

I don't spend as much time here as I'd like.

Has the Windows Memory Diagnostic from Microsoft been discussed?

http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

It worked fine and helped me identify bad RAM on a friend's naughty PC.
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Old 2005-02-17, 18:34   #2
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Originally Posted by M29
I don't spend as much time here as I'd like.

Has the Windows Memory Diagnostic from Microsoft been discussed?

http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

It worked fine and helped me identify bad RAM on a friend's naughty PC.
I've had good luck with this tool in the past as well -- it detected some
bad RAM that the then-current version of memtest86 (http://www.memtest86.com/) missed.

These days, memtest86+ (http://www.memtest.org/) is my memory
testing program of choice -- I see a very good correlation between bad
prime95 self-test and memtest86+ failure on the machines I work with. It
also features optional routines such as a bitfade test that hit failure modes
the windows memory diag and prime95 may not trigger.

I think the easiest way to run these tools is with the Ultimate Boot CD
(http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/), which features 6 or 7 of this
sort of memory testing tool (along with many other utilities of varying, ehm,
utility).

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