How to Test Your RAM with MemTest86 5.1.0 Pro Edition
RAM (Random Access Memory) is one of the most important components of your computer. It stores the data and instructions that your CPU (Central Processing Unit) needs to perform various tasks. However, RAM can also be faulty or unstable, causing errors, crashes, data corruption, and performance issues.
That's why it's important to test your RAM regularly, especially if you are experiencing problems with your system or if you have installed new memory modules. One of the best tools for testing RAM is MemTest86, a free, stand-alone memory testing software for x86 and ARM computers.
MemTest86 boots from a USB flash drive and tests the RAM in your computer for faults using a series of comprehensive algorithms and test patterns. It can detect many types of errors, such as bad memory cells, timing errors, electrical interference, overheating, and more.
In this article, we will show you how to use MemTest86 5.1.0 Pro Edition, which is the latest version of the software as of April 2023. The Pro Edition offers some additional features over the Free Edition, such as customizable reports, automation via a configuration file, ECC error detection and injection, and network booting via PXE.
Step 1: Download MemTest86 5.1.0 Pro Edition
To download MemTest86 5.1.0 Pro Edition, you need to purchase a license from the official website[^1^]. The license costs $44 USD for a single user or $396 USD for a site license that allows unlimited usage within a single organization.
Once you have purchased the license, you will receive an email with a download link that will contain the files needed to create your own bootable media. The download packages include x86, x86-64 and ARM64 binaries.
Step 2: Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive
To create a bootable USB flash drive with MemTest86 5.1.0 Pro Edition, you need a USB flash drive with at least 256 MB of capacity and a Windows or Linux computer with an internet connection.
First, insert the USB flash drive into your computer and make sure it is formatted as FAT32 or NTFS. Then, run the MemTest86 USB Installer that you downloaded from the email link. Follow the instructions on the screen to select your USB flash drive and install MemTest86 on it.
Alternatively, you can use a third-party tool such as Rufus or Etcher to create a bootable USB flash drive with MemTest86 5.1.0 Pro Edition. Just make sure to select the correct image file (memtest86-usb.img) from the download package and write it to your USB flash drive.
Step 3: Boot from the USB Flash Drive
Once you have created the bootable USB flash drive with MemTest86 5.1.0 Pro Edition, you need to boot your computer from it. To do this, you may need to change the boot order in your BIOS or UEFI settings or use a boot menu key (such as F12) to select the USB flash drive as the first boot device.
After booting from the USB flash drive, you will see the MemTest86 main menu on your screen. Here you can choose between two modes: Basic Mode or Advanced Mode.
Step 4: Run MemTest86 in Basic Mode
If you want to run MemTest86 in Basic Mode, just press Enter on your keyboard or click on Start Test with Mouse on the screen. This will start testing your RAM with the default settings and parameters.
The Basic Mode will run 13 different RAM testing algorithms in four passes. Each pass consists of several tests that cover different aspects of memory functionality and stability. The tests are numbered from 0 to 12 and have different names such as Address Test, Bit Fade Test, Random Number Sequence Test, etc.
The Basic Mode will take several hours to complete depending on the size and speed of your RAM. You can monitor the progress and status of each test on the screen. You can also 061ffe29dd