[Linux-aus] Bootable CD-based Linux Hardware Tester

Julien Goodwin linux-aus at studio442.com.au
Fri Nov 11 10:30:02 UTC 2005

On Fri, Nov 11, 2005 at 08:03:38AM +1100, Avi Miller arranged a set of bits into the following:
> > is there a program you have in mind?
> No, I'm ignorant about Linux-based hardware testing tools, with the
> exception of memtest86, where my entire knowledge consists of knowing it
> exists. :) I'm essentially looking for a testing suite that will hammer the
> hardware over and over again looking for problems. Ideally, something that
> will testing CPU, Memory and Hard Drive, at least.

For CPU there's cpuburn, as descibed in the debian package as:

Description: a collection of programs to put heavy load on CPU
 CPUburn is a collection of programs to put heavy stress on CPU.
 These programs are designed to load x86 CPUs as heavily as possible
 for the purposes of system testing.

 Warning: The goal has been to maximize heat production from the CPU,
 putting stress on the CPU itself, cooling system, motherboard. This
 may cause data loss (filesystem corruption) and possibly permanent
 damage to electronic components. Use at your own risk.

For memory, memtestx86 as described.

For hard drive you could try looping bonnie++ (hdd benchmark utility).

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