Is there an application to test for bad memory?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by strat2000, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. strat2000 macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2009
    My 2,8 Mac pro is very unstable and I have tried reinstalling the whole shebang with 10.5.6, 10.5.7 and 10.5.8
    I have also tried shuffling the Magma card for my chassis.

    I suspect the reason for my frequent crashes is bad memory. Reason for this is first time I upgraded my ram only 2gb of my 10gb got recognized and after I swapped the memory riser all 10gb got recognized (I have 2x 1gb on one riser and 2x4gb on the other).
    So I took out the two 1gb dimms and put each 4gb dimm in the first slot of each riser. On first boot only 4gb got recognized and after swapping the risers again all 8gb got recognized.
    When only 4gb where recognized my system didn't crash and after swapping the risers where it recognized the full 8gb it did crash.
    Because I wanted to test the 'riser configuration' where only 4gb got recognized I swapped the risers again and now it also recognizes the full 8gb.
    This is kinda concerning, so my suspect is that one of the memory risers is somewhat faulty or that one of my DIMM's us somewhat faulty.

    I was wondering if someone else had similar experiences and if there is a good memory testing application around?
  2. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Battle Ground
    The Ubuntu live cd comes with memtest on it.

    When you boot up you have the option to run memtest or boot into the operating system. I would suggest downloading it, burning it to a cd and running memtest. The full test could take a while especially with the amount of ram you have.
  3. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    get memtest alone. It would be silly to download 700mb just to use memtest
  4. KeriJane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Why not just use the extended hardware test on the original OSX install DVD?

    It should be on Disk 1

Share This Page