Troubleshooting hardware problems

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Memory (RAM)

  • The Gentoo packages memtest86 and memtest86+ provide tests for the memory in your computer. However, there is no way to run these programs from a running system. They must be ran from a special bootloader: the Gentoo packages basically install that bootloader and add an option to GRUB to start the tests.

Nvidia GPUs

  • I had a case where an nvidia card HDMI output would no longer work (black monitor), even during power-up and bringing up UEFI / BIOS interface. Booting into Windows (using the built-in Intel HD HDMI output from the motherboard) and then switching the HDMI cable to the nvidia card "resurrected" the card. Windows output was even working instantly without a reboot.