Chip creep and random failures are among the headaches we endure in terms of random access memory. RAM sticks can be problematic in pinpointing technical issues or identifying why our computers are unstable. Testing memory performance is essential to detecting common kinds of data corruption and automating corrections to improve the reliability of your system’s memory. XOTIC PC outlines a few of the fastest ways to check RAM functionality, so you can improve read and write access while minimizing delay. There are many software programs that are designed to test your computer’s RAM. Keep reading to learn more and how to use those programs.
Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 10 all have built-in memory diagnostic tools, which you can run to check for problems upon restart. Make sure you save your work first. When your computer restarts, the memory diagnostic tool will appear and perform the test. This process may take several minutes, but you can easily see the progress bar and any status updates will inform you if the tool has detected any problems. Once the process is complete, your computer will reboot. After logging into your Windows desktop, the test results should appear. If the test results don’t appear, you can find them by using the Event Viewer application. Navigate to Windows Logs > System to see many events. Select “find” in the right pane. Type “MemoryDiagnostic” into the find box, search, and the results should display at the bottom of the window. If there are no errors, it might be time to investigate other hardware issues.
Looking for a wider variety of testing and diagnostic tools? Look no further than MemTest86™ software, which is free and much more powerful. This software boots from a USB flash drive or CD and tests the RAM in your computer for faults using a series of comprehensive algorithms and test patterns. You also benefit from high-performance memory profiles, the ability to log results to a disc, and RAM support. MemTest86™ is trusted by PC repair professionals, manufacturers, and system builders.
This bootable, self-contained tool provides an ISO image you can burn to any CD or DVD and a USB image you can copy to a USB drive. Simply run the .exe file included with the download and provide a spare USB drive to create a bootable USB drive, erasing the contents altogether. After creating bootable media, you can restart your computer and have MemTest86™ boot from the disc or USB drive directly. The tool will automatically start scanning your computer’s RAM, running test after test and informing you of any problems found. If the tests result in any errors, it’s quite possible that your RAM is defective and needs to be replaced.
There are many user-friendly software programs out there that are designed to capture all possible memory failures in a PC. These tools employ rigorous testing patterns to locate any defects, but you can swap compatible memory from another computer to determine whether your RAM is the issue. If you have any questions about memory or how to check RAM functionality in your computer, please contact one of our customer support representatives today.