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Best Free Memory Testing Utility

 
Introduction

Many unusual and seemingly unrelated computer problems can occur if a computer memory module is malfunctioning. Memory testing utilities will help you discover if there are problems with your RAM.

If an error is found, you may have to remove all but one of your modules and test them one at a time to discover which one is actually causing the problem.

 
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Discussion

Memtest86+ is a stand-alone GPL utility that provides comprehensive memory testing for all x86 based PCs regardless of the operating system.

It can be run from a floppy disk, CD, or USB drive. It's a tool geared towards experienced users, so if that's you, download it now for your PC toolkit. It can be downloaded as an ISO file for creating a boot disk or as an executable file.

 

Another good testing utility is MemScope which runs from a self booting floppy disk.

It uses eight different testing patterns that can be run once or continuously. It has a good reporting feature, and can be set to reboot after the completion of its tests.

MemScope must be run from a floppy, which is created by the downloaded file, so have a floppy handy. Registration is required so expect some email advertising, and be aware there are also some harmless advertisements in the product itself.

 
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Quick Selection Guide

MemTest86+
5
 
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Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
comprehensive memory testing, can be run from floppy, CD or USB
none
http://www.memtest.org/
4.20
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Intel compatible processor - No OS required

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MemScope
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
good reporting feature
must be run from floppy
1.10
1.76 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
Intel compatible processor - No OS required

 
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Comments

by DavidFB (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 0:44  (103087)

It might be useful for newbies to clarify you reboot the computer to run these diagnostic tools. You may also want to link to a site that explains how to use them. ie: run once to see if theres an issue. Run again if there is, with only one module in at a time to find which one has the issue. You touch on this in the opeing but...

by Anonymous on 10. October 2008 - 16:00  (9013)
by vihar on 17. September 2008 - 13:34  (7924)

Here's a good one... RightMark Memory Analyzer
http://www.rightmark.org/

by Anonymous on 22. July 2008 - 11:19  (4742)

Another good free program is Microsoft's Windows Memory Diagnostic. Unfortunately, it has problems dealing with 4 GB or more of RAM.