09-07-2008 09:04 PM
Helping a friend out overseas who has this as the only computer. It has 1 512MB card in it now but from what I can tell, its expandable to1GB via (2) 512MB cards. As a last resort I can buy a new card for around $20 delivered to me, then postage overseas, but if it doesnt boot, into the trash it goes, therefore I'm hesitant to spend more than I have to. I believe a PC2700 would work also, but just at the PC2100 rate, is that correct? Not interested in performance, just the increased ram since its running XP, 512mb, just isnt enough. What would you all suggest the most economical way to achieve this one card would be?
09-08-2008 04:27 AM
Welcome to the forum!
T30 will actually take 2GB RAM if both slots are working. And yes, PC2700 (DDR333) RAM will work just fine, and at PC2100 speed as you've stated.
Cheapest place to go...probably eBay. Fry's occasionally has good rebates on 1GB DIMMs.
Hope this helps.
09-08-2008 09:37 AM - edited 09-08-2008 09:39 AM
It may end up in the trash anyway. There were a lot of problems with the second memory slot in the T30's. IBM came out with a fix which looked like an insulation pack to prevent shorts in the second memory compartment. If the damage had already occurred and the computer was out of warranty, their solution was to double the size of the memory chip in the first socket!
09-08-2008 06:37 PM - edited 09-08-2008 06:38 PM
Well this doesn't sound like good news. The computer is not worth enough that a mistake in a card would be worth the risk. This is what I got from the Lenova site about the memory:
Now I'm confused if I should try to find a 1GB card to go into 1 slot or take a chance on the 2nd card working and not shorting out? Know of any used IBM/Lenova models on the cheap that are super reliable? My friend only needs it for basic internet surfing and email, can hardly justify the cost of a new one just for that. Thanks
09-08-2008 07:24 PM
Make no mistake, T30s are VERY fine machines regardless of the memory slot problem...and that problem is fixable.
There is nothing to be unsure about when it comes to RAM: any laptop-size PC2100/2700 (DDR266/333) 1GB stick will work, as will 2 of them if both slots are good. My last T30 (2366-97U) had 2GB of PC2700 RAM and a 7200rpm drive, and it flew in XP in all normal applications that were not video intensive.
The only reason that IBM's site states that the maximum memory is 1GB is the fact that at the time of the announcement, 512MB was the largest DIMM available. This also holds true for A31/p, R40, G40/1...etc.
Hope this helps.