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Old 12. Oct 2009, 05:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Who Knows Anything About MemTest?

Who knows much or understands the program MemTest?

I've been having some flaky computer problems. Odd things, like freezes, not booting into windows, etc. On a whim, I ran MemTest for about 30 minutes. It found the following:

"Error found with word pair #60114874 or #60114312 (either could be the source)".

It also found the same thing with the following numbers:
60114878 or 60114316
60114882 or 60114320
60114886 or 60114324
71761688 or 71761024
71761692 or 71761028

I turned off everything I could (firewall, anti-virus, desktop background changer, etc.) before running the test for probably over 30 minutes. The only thing I did not turn off was CleanMem (which probably runs every 30 minutes or so).

Could CleanMem have caused these error readings?

Do the error readings mean what I think they mean? I have bad RAM?
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Old 12. Oct 2009, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Memtest is to be run from a bootable floopy, CD, or USB. It should be run at boot time with no OS present to hinder with the tests.

Memtest86, and Memtest86+ ... the programs used to test the RAM, both offer bootable executables, or ISO images to help with the boot time test.

You are running it from the OS itself, that's why errors are occurring.

More reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memtest86
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Old 12. Oct 2009, 06:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I used MemTest 3.2 found at http://hcidesign.com/memtest/.

Is this the same or different than what you suggested?
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Old 12. Oct 2009, 06:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Its a different one.

Please use either of these:

Memtest86+ : www.memtest.org

Memtest86 : www.memtest86.com
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Apparently is was not the memory after all. According to my computer guru, it is actually the hard drive itself that is failing. This is odd as my computer is less than 2 years old.

This leads me a question. Do any of you use or know of a disk monitoring utility that would have maybe informed me of my hard disk going bad?

P.S. I know that I could probably use a program like Spinrite (not freeware) and possibly save the disk, but I'd rather just replace it at this point.
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Nevermind...I find the solution to my own question:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...ng-utility.htm
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My experience is leading me to a conclusion that I will probably include a hard drive monitor as a part of my security setup from now on. I know that a hard drive monitor is not technically "security", but after this experience I will recommend to people that they seriously considering running one all the time (hard drive monitor).
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