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LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2018-01-18, 17:37 PM

Hello, 

 

I have a W500 type 4063-CT0, s/n XX-XXXXX. I upgraded RAM to 8GB CORSAIR dd3 1066 MHz PC3-8500. When I start the PC with this new ram, it doesn't boot. I get some beeps and a blank screen. Where is the problem?

 

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Re: LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2018-01-18, 17:51 PM

Your memory spec:

2GB or 4GB std / 8GB max / PC3-8500 1066MHz DDR3, non-parity,
dual-channel capable, two 204-pin SO-DIMM sockets;

 

The 8GB max is two 4GB sticks not one 8GB stick.

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Re: LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2018-01-18, 19:24 PM

I have 2 sticks. 2x4 gb.

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Re: LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2018-01-18, 19:52 PM

Could you provide the Corsair part numbers of the memory or a weblink to site of purchase? Did you install two new memory sticks or just 1 new one(and using old 4GB stick)?   

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Re: LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2018-01-18, 21:42 PM

Welcome to the forum!

 

I guess they're Corsair Value Select modules, could you upload a picture of the modules?

 

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Re: LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2018-01-19, 6:45 AM

I installed two new memory sticks and updated bios till 3.23

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Re: LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2018-01-19, 8:29 AM

Value Select, as I thought...

 

That's the economy line of Corsair. This line very rarely works with ThinkPads, regardless of BIOS version. You will need to return them and buy different modules. If you want to stay with Corsair try Corsair Vengeance line.

 

Otherwise try other brands like Elpida, Crucial, Samsung, A-Data, Hynix or Kingston Hyper-X (avoid the "Value RAM" RAM line from Kinsgton and any other no-name brands), to name a few...

 

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Re: LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2018-01-19, 12:10 PM
Thank You sir,

I changed modules to different and it's working.
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Re: LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2018-01-19, 13:47 PM

You're welcome!

 

Enjoy your W500 and keep good care of her... :smileyhappy:

 

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Re: LENOVO Thinkpad w500 RAM upgrade

2019-02-25, 17:05 PM
I am also using a Thinkpad W500 and would want to upgrade the memory from existing 3GB to 8GB. Any advise you can give? Thanks.
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