12-23-2011 06:49 PM
I have a W520 with 16GB ram, 500GB HD (not ssd), it came with 8GB and I installed another 8GB (Corsair 8GB 1333mhz PC3-10666 204-pin DDR3 SODIMM Laptop Memory Kit CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9)
The machine boots fine (most of the time) and I ran the lenovo memory diagnostics and windows memory scanning all reporting no problems. I've used the machine pretty heavy with some database work (maxing out all 16gb at times).
I've had 5 different blue screens (below are the crash dumps).
Here are the messages:
Appreciate any advice.
12-24-2011 04:55 AM
I would have said that your BSODs were down to a HD or windows related fault, but today I got the the same problem, just 3 days after also upgrading from 8GB to 16GB.
The machine has not BSOD for at least 3 months of very heavy use. I added the crucial recommended 1333MHz ram as a mached pair in the correct slots. 3 days of light use later, and BSOD.
The screen resolution in the BSOD means most of the left and right is cut off, but it says "ntfs.sys".
Note: I have not installed any software or done any updates for at least 3 weeks prior to the problem.
If this happens again, Ill scrap the 8GB upgrade, and live with VMs with tiny memory (the big memory is the only reason I bought the Lenovo - otherwise I would have stuck with an 8GB dell).
Every day I hate this machine more. I can see the attraction for tweakers and bleeding edgers, but for someone who needs their computer to just work its a disaster.
12-24-2011 08:47 AM
12-24-2011 10:42 AM
@ For affected users
If possible, how about refunding your Corsair / Crucial memory purchase and try 4 sticks of Kingston or Samsung instead? From what I know, some of the members like thitiv uses four 4GB Kingston DDR3-1600 / 1866 without any problem. Samsung is commonly used for OEMs.
Just my suggestions.
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12-24-2011 07:40 PM
If possible, how about refunding your Corsair / Crucial memory purchase and try 4 sticks of Kingston or Samsung instead?
I was under the impression Crucial memory is made by Micron and of a higher quality than Corsair. I haven't seen any reports of bad behaviour from Crucial 8GB SoDIMMs. Probably because they are much more expensive and people aren't buying them as much.
12-26-2011 08:03 PM
Thanks for the replies, I pulled the memory out for now. No BSOD so far, but haven't used the machine much over the holidays. I'll see how it goes and look at purchasing some different memory!
12-27-2011 10:29 AM - edited 12-27-2011 10:29 AM
Any updates on this? I was planning on buying 4 8gb modules from NewEgg today for my W520 but I'd rather not deal with this sort of issue. What processor does your W520 have? I have a i7-2720QM but have a i7-2960XM on order for an upgrade.
12-27-2011 10:50 AM
I believe that the OP was installing 2 Corsair modules for 8gb (2 x 4gb) not the 8gb modules.
12-27-2011 04:56 PM
This is the memory. I think you have the same stuff. For what it is worth, I've been running either 4 4GB Kingston 1866Mhz modules or 3 4GB Kingston 1866Mhz modules and 1 4GB 1333Mhz Lenovo module since I got the system 6+ months ago. The reason for the mix and match is because the system won't resume from sleep properly with the nVidia GPU enabled either alone or in Optimus. The memory itself has cause no crashes. I want to try the 32GB configuration but anecdotes like yours have me concerned.