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Hey guys,

I'm having trouble running Memtest86+. I downloaded the .iso image for creating a bootable CDROM, burned it to a blank CD using Windows drag and drop (then obviously clicking the burn to CD button lol), restarted the computer and it didn't boot from the disk, it booted straight to Windows. I checked my boot priority in the BIOS and its set to 1. CDROM 2. Harddrive 3. Removeable 4. Disabled. Any thoughts? I don't have a floppy drive. Do I have to press something special? The download had the following files in it: memtest.iso and a folder called memtest86-3.3. In the folder there was another file (identical size) called, once again, memtest.iso. Both files were the same size and modified on the same day, with the memtest.iso in the root directory being several minutes newer. I therefore burned just the memtest.iso in the root directory to the CDROM, not the one in the folder (and not both). I'm confused
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post #2 of 11
Here is the memtest ISO I used and it worked. Give it a try.
I dont know if you did the burn correctly. The ISO is the bootable CD-ROM image. When you double click on the ISO file, It should burn the image which has the files stored in it. Thus creating the bootable disk with all the files on it.
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Here is what the disc looks like after it is created.
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Sorry I'm new to this whole burning an image business. I extracted the files you provided in your link to my desktop, and I have an "install" batch file, "memtest" bin file, "memtest.iso" iso file, "rawrite" application file, and "README" txt file. I double clicked on the batch file and it said "enter target diskette drive". I entered "D:\\" and nothing happened (probably because its not a diskette drive lol. When I double click the .iso file it asks what program I want to use to open it. Sorry, I know this isn't difficult I'm just a newb with some stuff.
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Let me zip the files for you, that way you can create your own bootable disk.
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post #6 of 11
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Still nothing, I think I'm missing some major step or something. I dragged the two files in the folder I unzipped to the CD window, clicked "write these files to CD", restarted and still nothing. Here's what's on the CD...



Am I still screwing up? It seems so.
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post #7 of 11
You have to make a bootable CD. Try googleing it, I would help more if I could but I'm heading out for the evening.
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post #8 of 11
If you have a floppy drive, you can insert a floppy, right click on the A drive and select "create startup disk". Then copy the memtest files to the floppy. I dont know what the command you would have to type in. It has to be one of the file names.
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The article talks about using a CD burning program (which I don't have) and also says you need to have a floppy disk in addition to the CD ROM (I don't have a floppy drive). I'm pretty sure the problem I'm having is relying on Windows to burn the disk for me. Once again, I'm just dragging and dropping the files onto the CD. It's grayed out until you click the "write these files to CD" button, at which point it burns the files. Nowhere is there an option to burn as an image, or burn as a startup disk. Is this the problem? I really don't have any other choice as I dont have a floppy drive or a cd burning program. I'm getting pretty frustrated, so it's time for the bars. Any help is appreciated! I'd really like a step by step process knowing the limitations I just laid out. Anyone? Please
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