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Jmanotea
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Registered: ‎08-03-2017
Location: AU
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Lenovo W530 RAM upgrade with blank modules?

I'm looking to buy rurfurbished lenovo W530 that comes with 8GB RAM & can be upgraded to 12GB by the seller.  I would like to upgrade to 32GB RAM by my self & have seen videos on how to do this. (2 slots under laptop & 2 slots under keyboard).

But I have read that there could be blank modules in some models & removing them will damage the motherboard.

Is this true? If so why? And how can they be removed without mobo damage?

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sclexman
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Re: Lenovo W530 RAM upgrade with blank modules?

Your machine specs:

http://www.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/withdraw/ThinkPad_W530.pdf

 

Dual core is 16GB max. 2 memory slots.

Quad core is 32 GB max. 4 memory slots.

If machine has two 4GB sticks, you would need to remove at least 1 stick for upgrade. (Again slots available depends on Dual core or Quad core).

 

Warranty: If you damage machine during memory change, not covered.

Just take your time and do it slow. 

 

This is not your machine...just general idea of what to do.

https://www.lenovoservicetraining.com/showcase?sid=571&key=TGVuZw==

 

Page 72,73 of HMM shows memory slots:

https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/t530_t530i_w530_hmm_en_0b48474_03.pdf

 

richk
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Re: Lenovo W530 RAM upgrade with blank modules?

Some W530 machines have dual core machines.  (most have quad)  Dual core machines can only use 2 sticks.  Normally, those are the ones that come with removable spacers


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