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test 16gb of ram (memtest slow!)

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I have 16GB of ram to test for a bad dim.  Each one has 2GB.  I've been running memtest but it's taking almost 14 hrs. each and then seems to be stopping..


Is there another product to test RAM, which is faster?


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It's the best product to use.  You could try testing with a single module at a time, to speed it up.
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It depends on how thorough a test you wish to run, and in what environment.  A good test set will take quite a while because it writes and verifies many types and configurations of data to the chips, and it has to give each write a few refresh beats to degrade before reading.  If you're familiar with how ram works, you'll understand that statement.  If you aren't, let me know and I'll explain in greater detail.
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If you have a name brand server(Dell HP)they do have their own HW diagnostics.
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Simplified solution, try pulling all memmory then install onlu 1 2gig. at boot time making sure your cmos settings are configured properly...then self diagnose the black boot screen top left should read memmory (Fast or slow) whichever. If your unsure what it should read in bytes then compare the numbers you see with another Dimm and match then as being the same number, if there not, then diagnose which dimm is bad by booting with one of those two etc. Try this method with each Dimm of yours one at a time on boot, then reading each BYTE of DIMM individually on boot. You'll know your bad Dimm by booting each one, the one that reads less than all the others will be bad.
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by:nobus
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you can try disabling the quick boot option in the bios
if it fails during the boot, you'll see it
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split?
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maybe he's still testing all that ram....LOL
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Well it was painful but memtest turned out to be the best for testing the RAM.  Took approx 23 hrs per unit.
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