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hi. im wanting to use memtest86 program to test my ram but ive never used it before and i was wondering if it is run from winxp or do i need to put it on a boot disk and boot up with it?

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Memtest will check your memory to see if it will run at the fsb you have selected before you get into windows and have the memory hose up your os. If it runs stable with memtest then go into windows and test with prime 95. Use memtest on a floppy and set your boot priority to floppy then hdd, it will boot up and start running then when you are satisfied that your mem has passed hit escape and remove the floppy and you should be set. Good luck! :foldon:

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Memtest will check your memory to see if it will run at the fsb you have selected before you get into windows and have the memory hose up your os.

I do exactly the same thing when overclocking a fresh/virgin cpu. Although MemTest may run for hours & hours, it doesn't necessarily mean that your computer is rock stable, it just means that your ram voltage and timings is not the issue when you start Windows up and it "blacks out." If that happens, most likey u didnt give enough juice to your cpu.

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Or a bootable CD-r. Memtest is ok but I prefer to use Prime 95 as it is more thorough IMO.

Memtest is a MUCH better memory test than Prime95 is. Prime95 is primarily for the CPU. You can't really comapire the tests they do different things.

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