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    I have installation instructions that are written in Greek

    I need to put memtest86 on a usb drive.

    Here are the instructions.

    1. Download the MemTest86 USB image.
    2. Unzip the package (unzip memtest86-usb.zip). An image file and a readme.txt file will be created in the
    current directory.
    3. Plug in the USB drive
    4. Determine which device the USB drive is assigned as (eg. /dev/sdc)
    5. As root, use the 'dd' command to write the image to the USB drive. For example,
    sudo dd if=memtest86-usb.img of=<dev>
    where <dev> is the device the USB key is assigned to. Use the base device (ie. /dev/sdc) not a partition
    designation (ie. /dev/sdc1).

    I need to know EXACTLY what to do. "as root" is some kind of a Chinese term that seems to have several very different real life meanings.

    I tried it in the home directory and in /Downloads/Memtest which is where the files are. Neither worked.

    The command I typed was sudo dd if-memtest86-usb.img of=/dev/sdb which is the usb drive.

    I'm at work and I need to use memtest86 on the usb drive right now - not research stuff. I just need someone to give me the commands to use.

    I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.

    Thanks!

    Yours,
    Dora Smith

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    Re: I have installation instructions that are written in Greek

    You have a typo in the dd command:
    sudo dd if-memtest86-usb.img of=/dev/sdb
    should be
    Code:
    sudo dd if=memtest86-usb.img of=/dev/sdb
    'if=' means 'set the input file to'. With a dash instead of the equal sign the command makes no sense and dd should print 'dd: unrecognized operand ...' and tell you to read the help.

    The 'as root' thing is already taken care of by prefixing the dd command with 'sudo' (switch user and do; if you don't tell sudo to switch to a specific user it will switch to 'root' - which is the administrative user account).

    Holger

  3. #3
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    Re: I have installation instructions that are written in Greek

    Thanks! I bet I had an actual equal sign when I used it. It didn't seem to work though.

    Won't be testing it - it suddenly occurred to me all I had to do was boot into Windows. Works slllloooooooooooowly but there.

    But thanks!

    Dora

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