Ubuntu: Memtest86+ options are missing in Grub menu



Question:

I had the same problem as @coversnail here: How can I add the Memtest86+ options back to the Grub menu?

The problem is: I just can choose between older kernel versions and the actual Ubuntu version in GRUB. There are no other options.

I want to run memtest86+. It is installed and in /etc/grub.d/, but it is not in GRUB itself. I am kind of confused.


Solution:1

Try Grub Customizer. Grub Customizer is a graphical settings manager for GRUB2.

To install, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:adabbas/1stppa  sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install grub-customizer  

Or just check out their website.

To add the memtest entries see images below, and the text.

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First Entry

insmod part_msdos  insmod ext2  set root='hd0,msdos1'  if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos1 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos1 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos1  b4d22d74-d1db-44c3-a834-e879263662f5  else    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b4d22d74-d1db-44c3-a834-e879263662f5  fi  linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin  

Second Entry

insmod part_msdos  insmod ext2  set root='hd0,msdos1'  if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos1 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos1 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos1  b4d22d74-d1db-44c3-a834-e879263662f5  else    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b4d22d74-d1db-44c3-a834-e879263662f5  fi  linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8  

Note: Now the above information is correct, but keep in mind that memtest will not work in grub2-uefi . This is because UEFI does not support launching 16-bit binaries and memtest is a 16-bit binary. Thats also the reason why there is no linux16 command/module in grub2 uefi.

Also you may want to look at memtest86+ fails on efi systems.


Solution:2

I know this is an old post, but it still comes up in searches, so I'm going to give a solution.

Most distros supply memtest86+. It is not compatible with UEFI, because UEFI does not support 16 bit . However, PassMark Memtest86 (ver. 5 or later) supports UEFI.

First, obtain the memtest files. Download the USB boot image. http://memtest86.com/download.htm Next, extract the files from the image. I burned the image to a flash drive to facilitate installing on multiple computers.

Second, install memtest86. I made a 500MB partition at the end of my HDD, and formatted to FAT32. Then copied all files from flash drive to this partition. Note: it is possible to install to your EFI directory, but files need to be renamed to avoid overwriting existing boot files.

Third, configure grub2-efi menu entry. There are many ways to add an entry, but the safest way that survives update-grub follows. Using root privileges create file /etc/grub.d/39_memtest, and set it executable. (Note: changing the number in the file name changes the position it appears in the grub menu. DO NOT make it lower than 6 to insure that header and theme run first)

Next make the contents of the file:

#!/bin/sh    echo "Adding Memtest86" >&2    exec tail -n +3 $0    menuentry "Memtest86" {    chainloader (hdx,y)/efi/boot/bootx64.efi    }    EOF  

*Replace (hdx,y) with your appropriate HDD and partition information.

Then run update-grub You should now have a menu entry that boots into Memtest86


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