[dba-Tech] Flaky system

Bobby Heid bheid at appdevgrp.com
Thu Aug 5 09:04:24 CDT 2004

Microsoft has a RAM tester at http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

A popular tester is Memtest 86+ at: http://www.memtest.org/

Memtest found some errors in my RAM that the MS product missed (assuming it
was not a false positive).


-----Original Message-----
From: dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com
[mailto:dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] On Behalf Of Steven W. Erbach
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 9:58 AM
To: Discussion of Hardware and Software issues
Subject: RE: [dba-Tech] Flaky system


>> There's also memory testing software out these that you can set to 
>> run overnight. <<

Do you mean something different, say, from Norton Utilities? I found a web
site, www.pcpitstop.com , that has on-line tests of your PC; but nothing
along the lines of an overnight test of memory. I just purchased Gibson's
latest, SpinRite 6. Just before all of my video problems occured (and just
before the power supply went phhfftt!) I ran SpinRite 6 on my wife's C:
drive. Took 16 hours to do the most thorough test! I also discovered that
the on-board IDE controller only has a sustained throughput of about 2.5 MB
per second. Yuck!

Anyway, the video problem has resolved itself, thanks to Scott's suggestion.
But I'd appreciate anything you've got to say about PC hardware testing
software suites in general. What do you use? What's available?


Steve Erbach

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