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Testing memory problem

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when i start up my computer, in the screen where i can hit Delete to enter the BIOS, there's a line that says "Testing Memory" and it counts up to 1.5 Gbytes, but now it's doing it a lot slower and when it reaches 1.5 it'll go back to 0 and start over. I can hit escape to skip this but i find it quite inconvenient to not be able to just turn it on without having to wait until i can hit esc. does anyone know why it does this and how it can be fixed?

Edit: In Windows and programs such as CPU-Z it'll still confirm 1.5 GB memory.
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Don't know why it is doing it, but may be a sign of more serious issues. My suggestion would be to run MemTest86 overnight on your memory to see if it creates any errors with your current configuration.
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Well before I came upon your reply I decided to clear my cmos and it's back to normal, but if i have time i wanna try memtest just in case, but I don't know how to run it. I formatted a disk, but i couldn't figure out what files to use and how to use them (not very good at working with dos, sorry).
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Did you format a boot disk or just format a disk. Once you get that done download THIS. Then follow these instructions from the MemTest86 official site.


Windows Installation

For windows installation begin by downloading either the Pre-Compiled Windows package to build a boot-able floppy disk or an ISO (zip version) to create a boot-able CDROM. After the file is downloaded an extract must be done to uncompress the file(s). To extract right click on the downloaded file and select the "Extract All" option. The extract option will let you choose where the files will be extracted to. To build a bootable floppy go the the folder where the files were extracted and click on the Install icon. The floppy disk will appear to be unformatted by Windows after the install is complete.

To build a boot-able CDROM use your CD burning software to create an image from the un-zipped ISO file.

Since Memtest86 is a standalone program it does not require any operating system support for execution. It can be used with any PC regardless of what operating system, if any, is installed. The test image may be loaded from a floppy disk or may be loaded via LILO on Linux systems. Any Unix, Windows or DOS system may be used to create a boot floppy or bootable CDROM.


Once you have the disk created, put the disk in the floppy drive and restart your computer. The test will start running automatically as long as your bios is set to boot from FDD first which most are. If not make sure you make this adjustment. That is all there is to it.
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