is a close second to the processor, in terms of importance of
stability. While the processor will determine if you can get
into windows or not, if the ram is running to high it will get
errors and everything will come crashing down. Because ram can
work fine through some situations while overclocked, and not
others, two tests are needed to ensure complete stability. The
first test is a dos-mode operational tester dubbed "GoldMemory".
It is a quick and easy program to discover any memory errors,
incompatibility between modules and motherboards, and wrong
working temperature. The second test is incorporated in the
previous program, BurnIn. Testing through BurnIn discovers if
the ram is able to function properly on the Operating System
Level. Obviously this is important due to everything being based
around your Operating System.
Unzip the contents onto a normal floppy drive
2. Reboot with the disk in the floppy drive (goldmemory will
automatically boot-up and begin testing your ram for errors)
3. After the program is finished, take the disk out and reboot
once again for the final ram test.
second test goes back to Passmark's BurnIn program.
2. Configuration > Test duty Cycles
3. Uncheck everything but RAM
4. Slide the bar beneath it up to 100.
5. Start the BurnIn stress test, check back in about thirty
minutes to see the results.
overclocked video card is often easy to diagnose. When it becomes
a common trend that games are locking up, it's a sure sign that
overheating is causing instability. While easy to diagnose,
who wants to have games locking up for a week before being able
to be sure it's the video card? 3Dmark2000 not only benchmarks
the gaming performance of your computer, it also highly stresses
your video card. There are tests incorporated in 3Dmark2000
that bring even the fastest video cards to their knees.
package tests abusively large textures, which stresses the video
card memory, as well as the AGP bus. Extremely high filtrate
demo's which stress the video chipset itself. Multiple texture
and lighting (also known as T&L) demo's, including software,
and hardware (when available). It even has some more exotic
tests, such as bump mapping. We recommend five consecutive tests,
using the standard benchmark, to be sure that the video card
gets an extensive testing. To do this:
2. File > new
3. Change the selected tests, and enable all of them
4. Change the looping, set it to
5, and tick "Looping" 5. Click the Benchmark button