July 31st, 2003, 23:58 PM
Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostic Beta
The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard. Windows Memory Diagnostic is designed to be easy and fast. On most configurations, you can download the diagnostic, read the documentation, run the test and complete the first test pass in less than 30 minutes.
To run Windows Memory Diagnostic, you must reboot your computer with the disk or CD-ROM on which you installed Windows Memory Diagnostic in the drive. After the reboot, Windows Memory Diagnostic will load and its interface will appear. After loading, the first test pass will begin, using the default standard test suite, and continue until complete, unless Windows Memory Diagnostic is either paused or exited. Once the first test pass is complete, Windows Memory Diagnostic will begin a second test pass using the same settings as before. Windows Memory Diagnostic will continue to run test passes until you exit.
Download: Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostic Beta
View: more info & users guide
December 30th, 2003, 20:04 PM
Old and Cranky
Just wanted to bump this up and remind people about it. A free memory diagnostic from MS and it seems to work pretty well. I just ran it and all passed.
December 31st, 2003, 00:39 AM
I think memtest86 is one of the best memory diagnostics: