Difference between revisions of "Memtest86"
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Memtest86 is a program which checks your RAM modules.
It can be run from within GRUB, but also as a coreboot payload (i.e. included in your ROM chip).
$ mkdir foo $ cd foo $ wget http://www.memtest86.com/memtest86-3.4.tar.gz $ tar xfvz memtest86-3.4.tar.gz $ cd memtest86-3.4
(Optional: edit config.h and set #define SERIAL_CONSOLE_DEFAULT 1 for serial support)
The file memtest is your final payload which you can use with coreboot (v2 or v3), either on real hardware or in a QEMU image.
Finally, you have to build coreboot (v3 in this example) with Memtest86 as payload:
$ cd .. $ svn co svn://coreboot.org/repository/coreboot-v3 $ cp memtest86-3.4/memtest coreboot-v3/payload.elf $ cd coreboot-v3 $ make menuconfig
Now enter the Payload menu and select Payload type and then An ELF executable payload file. Now exit the menu, save your settings, and build coreboot:
The file build/coreboot.rom (or build/bios.bin) is your final coreboot v3 image, which also contains the payload.
Running Memtest86 in QEMU
For running the coreboot+Memtest86 image in QEMU, you need a patched version of vgabios-cirrus.bin in your build directory first:
$ cd build $ wget http://www.coreboot.org/images/0/0d/Vgabios-cirrus.zip $ unzip Vgabios-cirrus.zip $ cd ..
You can now run coreboot and Memtest86 in QEMU:
$ qemu -L build -hda /dev/zero -serial stdio
Ready-made QEMU image
Please follow [ these instructions] if you want to try out coreboot and Memtest86 in QEMU.
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