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Old 06-17-2011, 01:27 AM   #1
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Problems running memtest86+-4.20

Could some Linux guru please help.
I am having memory problems on my
old Compaq PC, and am trying to
run memtest86+-4.20 to check it.
I downloaded the source file, and
tried a compile, but had the
following problem:
gcc -c -Wall -march=i486 -m32 -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -fno-builtin -ffreestanding -fPIC -fno-stack-protector -fno-strict-aliasing reloc.c
cc1: error: unrecognized command line option "-fno-stack-protector"
make: *** [reloc.o] Error 1
The makefile line that causes the error is:
CFLAGS= -Wall -march=i486 -m32 -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -fno-builtin -ffreestanding -fPIC -fno-stack-protector

I tried copying the precomp file to a floppy,
but got the error message:
make install-precomp
dd <precomp.bin >/dev/fd0 bs=8192
dd: writing `standard output': No space left on device
1+0 records in
0+0 records out
make: *** [install-precomp] Error 1

However, the sizeof the file is:
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 164504 Jan 23 13:11 precomp.bin

Could some Linux guru please provide some hints
as to how to get around this issue ? Thanks
in advance for your help.
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Why don't you just boot to a live cd?
most recent linux live cds include memtest. For example ubuntu.
more info here:
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Or you get the bootable ISO from the Memtest site.
Many distros have it also in their repositories, so that you can simply install it with your package-manager.
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The install you have may already allow it at boot. Press the space bar to see if you have it on a menu choice.


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