06-29-2009 02:58 PM - edited 06-29-2009 03:09 PM
I tried to increase RAM on my ThinkPad R40e to 768MB (now it has 256MB) with 512MB module but computer recognized only half of the new memory module capacity.
Module was 512MB DDR400 (new) and it was manufactured by "takeMS".
(CL 3, 2.5 V, has 4 "chips" on each side - 8 in total/2 sides)
Since it was DDR400 (PC 3200), this memory downgraded successfully to DDR266 (PC 2100) but only half was recognized - 256MB!
So, my questions are:
1. Is it possible to upgrade memory to 768 MB (256+512) with different types - DDR266 and DDR400
(few MB less because it has integrated graphics)?
2. which brand/type of 512MB RAM can I use for this model of ThinkPad R40e?
(according to IBM/Lenovo maximum capacity is 1GB of RAM - 2 x 512MB)
Computer is: IBM ThinkPad R40e, model: 2684 (2.2 GHz celeron, RAM: 256MB DDR266, HDD: 30GB, combo)
P.S. Sorry if my English is bad.
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06-30-2009 07:37 PM
Welcome to the forum!
Several members have experienced this-or similar-issue. I believe that you'll find this thread interesting.
07-01-2009 11:56 AM
(thanks for a quick response!)
Solution was to use module with 4 chips on each side.
But, as I wrote in my first post I've already tried to install brand new memory module with the same description: 4 chips on each side - 8 chips in total (two sides)
Computer recognized only half of the memory - 256MB instead of 512MB (module is manufactured by "takeMS").
So what should I do?
How can I upgrade memory?
Try another module (another brand)?
Or something else?
07-01-2009 09:15 PM
07-04-2009 11:12 AM
I've borrowed memory from another laptop just for the test (this time 512MB module was DDR333 - PC 2700) and tried every possible combination.
I even danced while doing the test just to send good vibes (just kidding ), but...
1GB was recognized as 512MB
512MB was recognized as 256MB
I will update BIOS to latest version and I will try once again to find RAM for my R40e!!!
But, if I don't find it, only logical solution for me is to buy used 256MB
Thanks in advance!
07-20-2009 07:26 AM
I found a solution.
I upgraded memory on my ThinkPad R40e!
Here's the solution:
1. I upgraded BIOS to latest version.
(Before BIOS upgrade it is necessary to check Embedded Controller Progam version and update it to latest version before BIOS upgrade)
All drivers and software for R40 and R40e are here: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-46
2. I bought 512MB DDR RAM PC3200 - 400Mhz (In my case memory is Kingston ValueRam: KVR400X64SC3A/512).
This ThinkPad uses PC2100 and PC2700, but memory that I bought is backward compatible (and cheaper).
Important thing is that this computer will only recognize memory that has 4 chips on each side!
I hope that this can be helpful to someone!
P.S. Thank you George "shark"66 (in my country word "ajkula" means - shark) for your help and posts!
07-20-2009 02:36 PM - edited 07-20-2009 02:38 PM
Glad it worked for you, congrats!
I'm sure that many R40e users will cherish your solution.
And, yes, my username means exactly what you've written...have a lot of friends in your country as well as in all the surrounding ones.... all of that used to be one big country when I was born...