To get Video Memory Stress Test (CE) to be compatible, you could try to load a VESA VBE 2.0 TSR if available: VESA Fix Utility Listing (for old video cards)
... although how you alter their boot disk to add that, I have _no_ idea. Might not be possible.
You could try ancient commercial PC diagnostic software, some have video memory tests. Things like:
- #1-TUFFTest (Windsor Technologies): http://www.tufftest.com/
- AMIDIAG (AMI - American Megatrends Inc.): http://www.amiindia.co.in/diagdos.html
- BurnInTest (Passmark): http://www.passmark.com/products/bit.htm
- Check-IT (SmithMicro): http://store.smithmicro.com/productdetails.aspx?pid=11649
- Micro-Scope (Micro 2000): http://www.micro2000pcdiagnostics.com/
- PC-Check (Eurosoft): http://www.eurosoft-uk.com/pccheck.html- PC-Diag (PC-Diag): http://www.pc-diagnostics.com/pc_diagnostics_ … stics_pro.shtml
- PC-Doctor (PC-Doctor): http://www.pc-doctor.com/
- QuickTech Legacy/Pro (Ultra-X): http://www.uxd.com/qtpro.shtml and http://www.uxd.com/qt.shtml
- TechTool Deluxe/Pro (for Macintosh) (Micromat): http://www.micromat.com/deluxe/
Dunno how trustworthy they will be... some can only detect 256K of video RAM when in DOS.
A few utilities for old and new cards
64UTLxxx.ZIP/EXE (DOS) - ATI mach64 vx.xx Utilities Installation & Configuration - contains a video memory test, among other things, for ATI mach64.
http://web.archive.org/web/19970404103745/htt … rs/64utl222.zip
http://web.archive.org/web/19970404103755/htt … rs/64utl222.txt
http://web.archive.org/web/19970706062651/htt … rs/64utl303.exe
http://web.archive.org/web/19970706062702/htt … rs/64utl303.txt
TestVRAM 1.0 (06-02-2004) (DOS)
Nvidia Riva TNT, TNT2, GeForce, GeForce2, GeForce3; ATI video cards from similar era (Rage 128 - Radeon 8500?) memory tester
TestMem4 154+ (7-16-2004) (DOS)
System RAM tester with also Nvidia Riva TNT, TNT2, GeForce, GeForce2, GeForce3; ATI video cards from similar era (Rage 128 - Radeon 8500?) memory tester.
X-VESA 1.02 (10-05-2004) (DOS)
X-VESA is a DOS utility program which gives the user the faculty to diagnose and inspect a VESA display adapter. All modern display adapters are VESA compatible, for old display adapter (10 years old) you will need an additional software: a small VESA software (DOS TSR) that add to yours display adapter the VESA standard. This small software must be launched before X-VESA. Memory test feature: Test VRAM reliability - Test the VRAM reliability of the selected video mode using several patterns. This test can detect defective VRAM (useful to detect correct Fast Write support, and maximum available VRAM overclock). Three test are available: 64 Kb - Fast but insecure, 256 Kb - Relatively fast and secure, Full VRAM - Extremely slow (several hours on slow machines with much VRAM) but very secure test.
Video Memory Stress Test 1.7.116 /1.21 (09-01-2009) (Windows & Windows PE/CE):
- DirectX 7.0 or better must be installed (DirectX 9 is recommended).
- and (optional) CUDA 1.1 or better must be installed for CUDA test mode.
- and/or (optional) OpenGL 1.5 (or OpenGL 1.1 with "GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object" extension) for OpenGL test mode.
- or Windows PE/CE requires: VESA Bios Extesions 2.0 or above
MemtestG80 1.1 (05-06-2010) and MemtestCL 1.00 (08-12-2010) (Windows/Linux):
For Nvidia CUDA cards: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CUDA#Supported_GPUs
and OpenCL-based cards: http://www.khronos.org/conformance/adopters/c … rmant-products/
CUDA GPU memtest 1.23 (02-07-2012) (Linux)
A GPU memory test utility for NVIDIA and AMD GPUs using well established patterns from memtest86/memtest86+ as well as additional stress tests. The tests are designed to find hardware and soft errors. The code is written in CUDA and OpenCL.
I would try both the commercial and the free programs on cards that you know are 100% working and cards that do in fact have bad video RAM and let us know what works the best. 😀
The most promising sounds like X-VESA and Video Memory Stress Test, but they still may have compatibility issues.
It would be nice if someone could go to the trouble of figuring this all out with a large set of video cards...