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Which Linux distro for simple bootup and ECC memory ID functionality?

Hi Guys,

I know a little bit about Linux from experimentation in a Windows VM environment using Whonix. But that’s basically it, I have some command references etc… But still early stages here :slightly_smiling_face: I’m looking for some guidance on creating a boot-able USB stick that will allow me to test if memory is being correctly detected and used as ECC memory in a new system I’m building.

Amd TR 1920X
Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 cpu cooler
Gigabyte X399 Designare Ex mb
Crucial 16gb dr4-2666 CT16G4WFD8266-2G6D1 ECC memory
Seasonic 1k power supply
Corsair 750D airflow case

More details below, Disregard the video card and storage parts for now. Just tacked them in for p.s. sizing purposes.

The Dmidecode command is my starting point for a CLI tool to ID the memory. I don’t know if there are any other commands in Linux that would be helpful to check ECC functions?

Or what “Newbie” geared distro I should use to create a boot-able USB stick?

Are there any Freeware/trial period tools like Memtest86 for Linux that would confirm ECC functionality is working?

eta- I’m just going with a boot-able USB stick for now since I haven’t chosen storage drives yet.

Isnt memory test a BIOS level functionality?

Is there even a way to generate a physically verifiable bit flip to test against false negative detections?

I’m not sure about BIOS checking memory these days. This is my first build in over a decade so I’m not up to speed on the current UEFI BIOS setups. I do know at power on self test (POST) the system will do some basic tests just to verify how much memory is there and maybe some other checks as well?