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Ok I need to figure how to tell if a computer has bad memory or not without running an extensive test like memtest. I gotta be able to figure out the memory is bad in roughly 5 minutes.

One way is if the computer beeps(assuming it has an on board speaker) but that only works if the all the memory is shot to hell in the system. So how would I figure that out?
    
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Ok I need to figure how to tell if a computer has bad memory or not without running an extensive test like memtest. I gotta be able to figure out the memory is bad in roughly 5 minutes.

One way is if the computer beeps(assuming it has an on board speaker) but that only works if the all the memory is shot to hell in the system. So how would I figure that out?
Well, there really isn't a good quick way. Its difficult to find memory errors unless you run an extensive test like memtest.
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Currently I don't think their is a program that can do that, since figuring out if RAM is bad, can take very long intense process that needs to be run for at least 8 Hours.
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Well, there really isn't a good quick way. Its difficult to find memory errors unless you run an extensive test like memtest.
yes I know that but my parents don't seem to understand that. The want to open a computer repair service and have me be the tech. It's an in home computer service so I can't relistically sit there for 2 hours or more running memtest or DFT.

Harddrives are easier since you can actually hear it for the most part and they most likely fail in roughly 4-5 years of use. Memory you can't.
    
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Vista and 7 have a memory test that takes about 5-10mins I think. But it's nowhere near as reliable as memtest.
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Ok I need to figure how to tell if a computer has bad memory or not without running an extensive test like memtest. I gotta be able to figure out the memory is bad in roughly 5 minutes.
You can't. Companies like Kingston use very expensive test machines and that even takes some time to complete.

As a tech, you can only maybe swap the memory and run the test later at home. Then come back and swap back.
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your best bet is Memtest. anything else won't really tell you if your hardware is failing or not.
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You can't. Companies like Kingston use very expensive test machines and that even takes some time to complete.

As a tech, you can only maybe swap the memory and run the test later at home. Then come back and swap back.
To do that I would have to build up a surplus of memory(1x256,512,1024 DDR and DDR2) which will cost a pretty penny that I current have no means to afford.

Sigh I don't mind fixing computers at all, but it sucks when I have a small time frame to make sure everything is correct.
    
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To do that I would have to build up a surplus of memory(1x256,512,1024 DDR and DDR2) which will cost a pretty penny that I current have no means to afford.

Sigh I don't mind fixing computers at all, but it sucks when I have a small time frame to make sure everything is correct.
Well, it sounds to me like either your folks &/or clients need to be reminded of a basic business principal.

You can pick 2 of 3.

1. cheap
2. fast
3. good/correct job.

If you going to do the job correctly, you're going to have to take the time it takes to do it. Tbh, I don't see why you'd bother to do it at all if you know it's not right anyway, but that's just me.
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Ok I need to figure how to tell if a computer has bad memory or not without running an extensive test like memtest. I gotta be able to figure out the memory is bad in roughly 5 minutes.

One way is if the computer beeps(assuming it has an on board speaker) but that only works if the all the memory is shot to hell in the system. So how would I figure that out?
OCCT linpack test (if CPU is at stock) or HCI memtest for Windows.
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