Memtest86

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The Memtest86 payload.

Memtest86 is a program which checks your RAM modules.

It can be run from within GRUB, but also as a coreboot payload (i.e. included in your ROM chip).

Building

Memtest86

$ mkdir foo
$ cd foo
$ wget http://www.memtest86.com/memtest86-3.5.tar.gz
$ tar xfvz memtest86-3.5.tar.gz
$ cd memtest86-3.5

(Optional: edit config.h and set #define SERIAL_CONSOLE_DEFAULT 1 for serial support)

$ make

The file memtest is your final payload which you can use with coreboot, either on real hardware or in a QEMU image.

coreboot

Finally, you have to build coreboot with Memtest86 as payload:

$ cd ..
$ svn co svn://coreboot.org/coreboot/trunk coreboot
$ cp memtest86-3.5/memtest coreboot/payload.elf
$ cd coreboot
$ make menuconfig

Now enter the Payload menu and select Payload type and then An ELF executable payload file. Then, exit the menu, save your settings, and build coreboot:

$ make

The file build/coreboot.rom is your final coreboot image, which also contains the payload.

Running Memtest86 in QEMU

For running the coreboot+Memtest86 image in QEMU, you need a patched version of vgabios-cirrus.bin in your build directory first:

$ cd build
$ wget http://www.coreboot.org/images/0/0d/Vgabios-cirrus.zip
$ unzip Vgabios-cirrus.zip
$ cd ..

You can now run coreboot and Memtest86 in QEMU:

qemu -L build -hda /dev/zero -serial stdio

Ready-made QEMU image

Please follow these instructions if you want to try out coreboot and Memtest86 in QEMU.

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