Re: Hardware testing [was Re: VIA Southbridge bug (Was: Crash on boot (2.4.5))]

Rob Landley (
Wed, 11 Jul 2001 11:05:19 -0400

On Wednesday 11 July 2001 05:11, Vojtech Pavlik wrote:

> Don't forget the L1/L2/L3 caches. I had once a mainboard with a faulty
> L2 cache chip ('twas a K6-3 CPU, plus a FIC VA-503+ mainboard). No memory
> or CPU test found the failure, yet kernel compliation was still crashing
> after 6-8 hours.
> I modified the 'memtest.c' little proggy (not the big memtest86, just a
> little utility that runs under Linux), to use patterns and test size
> that tests the L1 and then L2, and the error has shown after ten seconds
> of running the test.

I don't suppose you still have that lying around somewhere? :)

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