APCO 2P01 Lab 6
To research memory and learn how to test for defective memory
Introduction & Startup (5 min)
Retrieve your Dell lab machine and set it up.
Exercise 1 (30 Min)
How much memory can a 32 bit OS support?
A 64 bit OS uses 37 bit addressing, how much
memory is addressable?
Exercise 2 (45 Min)
Note: NovaBench3 requires .Net Framework 2.0 to
be installed. It is available from the Apco 2p01 main page. As you
install NovaBench it will require that .Net be installed first. Go
through the procedure as directed.
For Part 2, be sure to benchmark with 1 GB of
memory and 2 GB of memory. This will require you to remove half of
the memory and restart the bench mark.
Exercise 3 (30 Min)
Play Time - Try each of the memory testing programs on your resource
disk. See which will work for you. Test the memory of your machine.
Exercise 4 (30 Min)
A virtual machine can be used to install a guest operating
systems onto a host machine. These guest operating systems can be
any of the existing systems which currently run on an Intel
Architecture. To install an Operating System in a virtual machine,
we first must install the Virtual Machine Player. This is a program
which acts as a host to the guest operating systems. There are
several VM systems, one of the most common and free system is
VMWare. Normally, you can google VMware player, and download the
client player for your existing operating system. Go to your
resource folder and install VMPlayer.
VMPlayer installs very quickly. Once done, run VMWare Workstation
(VMPlayer). At this point you are given the option to install an
operating system. For the purpose of this lab, lets install a very
small OS as proof of concept. Find in the website -> Supplemental
Lab Resource Software --- Win98_bootdisk.iso. Create a New Virual
Machine and select "Installer disc image file(iso)". Browse and
select the Win98 image file. Once started, few screens will appear,
select the default in each case. Once installed, you can run windows
98 (command version) from the player.
Note: We are installing the boot disk of Win98, since it take at
most 2 minutes. When installing a full blown OS, the installation
can take up to 1hr. VMPlayer, can play most operating systems,
Linux, MacOS, BSD, all flavours of Windows. It is a clean way of
gaining access to another OS,with out having to install them
directly on the machine.
Once Win98 is running, you can use your DOS command line knowledge
from the previous lab. Win98 installs on C: and D: drive in
the Virtual Machine.