How to install memtest86+ on a USB flash drive

It comes a time when your computer starts trowing on you some errors, restarts, blue screens of death and the only thing left is to start checking what is causing the problems.

One of the first things you should check is if you have a faulty RAM module.

The best tool for testing memory modules is memtest86+.

Where you can find Memtest:

  • On HirenBootCD.
  • On almost every linux distribution LiveCD.

If you remember the previous tutorial on this site about Puppy Linux on a bootable flash disk drive, the thing is, we don’t have memtest86+, but we can install it on the good old trusty linux on a stick to use memtest on any computer that can boot from USB.

We assume you have the Puppy Linux installed on a USB flash drive and we start from there:

  1. Boot your computer on Puppy from your USB drive.
  2. Go to Menu > System > Grub4Dos bootloader config.
  3. Select your USB drive and press OK.
  4. On the next screen just press OK to install GRUB bootloader (GRUB is menu system that lets you choose the OS/drive/app you want to boot into).
  5. Open a web Browser and go to the Memtest download website.
  6. Download the 3rd link (as of Memtest86+ V5.01 (27/09/2013), the one that points to memtest86+-5.01.bin.gz
  7. On the bottom of your Puppy Linux desktop open the root of your Puppy USB drive (mine is sdf1). Leave this window open.
  8. At the top of the Puppy Linux desktop open the file app (the one with a home icon on a folder).
  9. Press the Downloads folder. Here you will find the downloaded Memtest file.
  10. Right click and Rename. Rename it to memtest.bin.
  11. Now drag the file from step 10 to the window on step 7 to move the memtest.bin file there.
  12. Now, on the location you moved the memtest.bin file (your sdfx location=the root of your USB drive) you can see menu.lst (the menu for the GRUB bootloader).
  13. Open menu.lst and after the entry for Puppy linux, paste this (without the 14.):
  14. # memtest+
    title memtest86+ v5.0.1
    kernel /memtest.bin
    boot
  15. Close the file and reboot Puppy.

 

After rebooting the Puppy Linux USB drive, you will get the GRUB bootloader with some entries:

  • Puppy
  • Memtest
  • Windows (if you have it installed)

All entries shoot boot the appropriate OS/apps but to test our installation select Memtest and wait until it checks your RAM modules. Press ESC when done.

There you have it, you can test the memory on any USB bootable computer in the world.

Have fun and if you have questions, please shoot!

 

How to optimize performance on your Android device

Device used: Motorola Defy Plus (MB526)

When you buy and Android device, it will run as smooth as velvet, but as time passes, and you install more apps, more background services will run because those apps will synchronize, check for updates etc.

My device have 512 MB of RAM and a 1 GHz Cortex-A8 TI OMAP 3620 processor and things were getting heavy and the device started to move like a slug.

What have i tried:

  1. I installed Advanced Task Killer Free – the app have a very low footprint, it installs a shortcut on the taskbar and i made a habit to swype down the notification panel, tap on the app and tap on kill processes and boom, RAM freed.
  2. Things were not getting as smooth as i wanted because i wanted besides a RAM booster, an app that can also clean junk files (and yes, an Android device will get lots of junk files that occupy space) and i searched on the internet ways of how to boost performance of an Android device and i came to 2 apps: NQ Android Booster and Clean Master.
  3. I enabled first NQ Android Booster, an app that won numerous awards. It has this big and simple Optimize button that can free RAM in a breeze. It also have a data plan watcher that requires you to set in the settings the billing date, maximum traffic and how much have you used by now and it manages all in the background and warns you when you’re about to finish the traffic in your data plan. The second great thing is a battery manager where you can set different presets that are also customizable. What i have found also great is the widget that enables you to do lots of things in one widget: boost the RAM, enable/wi-fi, enable data, dim the brightness of the screen. The thing is, after a few days with NQ Android Booster, my device was working like hell so i tried Clean Master and i am now, the happier Android device owner in terms of performance.

I uninstalled NQ Android booster, because i found it a big memory hog, BUT, and hear me, i say BUT, you guys having those new and powerful quad-core, 1000-core processor devices with tones of RAM, please give NQ Android Booster a shot, the widget is awesome and the simplicity of the Optimize button will save you. It just doesn’t do the trick on my device.

I also uninstalled Advanced Task Killer Free, not because it suck but because Clean Master does what Task Killer is doing.

So my setup for a smooth Android experience:

  1. Turn OFF, GPS, WI-FI, Data, Bluetooth, if you’re not using them.screenshot_00008
  2. Tap Menu button > Settings > Display > Brightness, uncheck automatic and set the brightness to around 25%. Again, it works ok for my device.screenshot_00028 screenshot_00030 screenshot_00032
  3. Go back to Display settings and tap Animation and set it to No animations. You wont get the animations when you navigate to the device screens but you will notice a boost in speed.screenshot_00034 screenshot_00035
  4. Also on Display settings, go to Screen timeout, and set it to 30 seconds or 15 seconds.screenshot_00039
  5. Exit the Display settings and enter Battery & data manager > check Data saver. It will save you data plan traffic. Beware: on data you will not be able to install apps, the Play Store will wait for a WI-FI connection, so if you want to install an app, make sure to uncheck that.screenshot_00051screenshot_00049
  6. Go back to Battery & data manager and go to Battery Mode. Check Maximum battery saver.screenshot_00055 screenshot_00057
  7. Now setup Clean Master:screenshot_00101
  8. You get those four buttons: Junk files is used to clean those junk files, Standard is for starters, Advanced enables you to chose what to clean and it also scans more stuff then Standard mode so use it it wisely.screenshot_00129 I don’t use Privacy and App Manager. Memory boost gives you a list of all open apps and a Clean button to close those apps. Also here, on the upper right corner you have an icon with a house and a plus sign, tap that to place a widget on the screen for a cool Memory boost widget button. That way you don’t have to go in the app to boost the memory, just tap the widget.
  9. Tap the vertical three points on the upper right of the up and go to Settings. Those are my settings and work great for me.screenshot_00101 screenshot_00103 screenshot_00105 screenshot_00108

So to summarize, all i did was play with the Settings of the device (Display, Battery & data manager) and setup Clean Master and that’s it, those are all the apps that keep my device snappy.

Again, i’m not saying other apps are bad, the apps i’m using do the job well on my device. Any suggestions are welcome!

Have fun and enjoy!