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Old 03-23-2016, 04:21 AM   #1
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memtest86 at boot (LILO)


In the past this code in lilo worked:
image = /boot/memtest
label = memtest
memtest is a *.bin-file. However, trying that results in a black screen and after some seconds the computer is rebooting. Does Lilo nowadays require some extra configs to make this work?

Old 03-23-2016, 06:25 AM   #2
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Works fine for me. The only difference is my memtest bin file is in a different directory.
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have you tried
Old 03-23-2016, 08:50 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by solarfields View Post
Yes I have. Hmm, this is very strange.


I also tried with this:

image = /boot/memtest86+.bin
root = /dev/sda2
label = memtest86+

I am clueless. I may give grub a try.

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Old 03-23-2016, 09:41 AM   #5
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I also have this problem.

In the end, I gave up and put memtest on a usb stick. More manual work required but less grey hair generated.
Old 03-23-2016, 09:21 PM   #6
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Building memtest86+ generates a few similarly-named files. The one with the .bin suffix should be the right one, but you might double-check...

$ file memtest*
memtest:            ELF 32-bit LSB  executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), statically linked, stripped
memtest.bin:        x86 boot sector    ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators        ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
memtest_shared:     ELF 32-bit LSB  shared object, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, not stripped
memtest_shared.bin: data assembler source text
I've had bad luck with newer versions. On my machines it'll start up, then I think I can make out the word "unsupported" or "unknown" (or something like that, can't remember) before it reboots.

You might also try the original "memtest86" (without the "+") from SBo and see if that works any better.
Old 03-24-2016, 05:12 AM   #7
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I don't think it's a matter of memtest86 vs. memtest86+ or latest version vs. older versions.
They all work fine if booted from a cd or usb stick. Only when trying to boot from hdd via lilo something goes wrong.
Old 03-25-2016, 08:19 AM   #8
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change AHCI to Native IDE in bios
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FIRST - I am not in the habit of resurrecting old threads but this one came up in a search and I have information that applies.

This is what works on my legacy boot computers as we speak:

# Linux memtest86 config begins
image = /boot/memtest86.bin
label = memtest86
password = whatever_password_you_decide_upon
# Linux memtest86 config ends
# Linux memtest86+ config begins
image = /boot/memtest86+.bin
label = memtest86+
password = whatever_password_you_decide_upon
# Linux memtest86+ config ends

Last edited by Gordie; 10-06-2018 at 11:02 PM. Reason: added legacy boot
Old 10-06-2018, 12:32 PM   #10
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I had it working only once i downloaded the EFI memetest from their home page


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