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Is there a specific Linux operating system that can be ran on a Live USB drive that can tell you if there is anything wrong with your computers hardware? I believe there is a problem with my computers RAM sticks. I want to confirm this, and was wondering if there is a OS that can confirm this for me?

Or is there a way to tell just from the BIOS?

I'm trying to fix my dads desktop computer. It's a HP Invent computer.

AMD Athlon - 64 Duel core X2 6000+

3 GB Memory

nVidia Graphics

Thank you for your answers.

asked Sep 16 '12 at 18:31

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Curtis Coburn

Well I do know that there is this one ultimate boot cd which has some things including for testing memory. Could give that a try. As for it being on a USB stick You might have to go another route. But at least with this one you can actually do testing witha cdrom or a dvd burner.


answered Sep 16 '12 at 18:42

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This is very helpful. I really wish I had a CD right now, but all I got is a USB. I may go out and get some CD-RW's for this and other stuff. Thanks. And if there is a way at all to do this using a USB that would be greater.

(Sep 16 '12 at 19:33) Curtis Coburn Curtis%20Coburn's gravatar image

I thnk I may have found it for you as well take a look at these two links as well.




I did a google search quickly as well for you at the same time here so you can see it as well.


Enjoy. :)

answered Sep 16 '12 at 20:04

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Thanks a bunch. I'll give this a try to see what's up with the computer. I'll probably have to end up taking it apart to take out the RAM.

(Sep 16 '12 at 20:17) Curtis Coburn Curtis%20Coburn's gravatar image

You can use a memtest live usb or use the one in a linux bootloader.

answered Sep 16 '12 at 21:03

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