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X120e - Aftermarket memory causing BSOD, unstable boot

2011-05-12, 20:04 PM

Purchased a 4gb stick of GSkill memory (F3-10600CL9S-4GBSQ, CL9-9-9-24) hoping to get a little extra memory in my system. However, it seems to make my computer extremely unstable - restarting several times before getting to the login screen, flashing BSODS about sytem hangs and a memory error - both with and without the 2gb stick, and in both slots, often after waking from hibernation. I ran Memtest86+ and the windows memory test, and both seemed to pass alright. Since the 2gb stick by itself seems to work, I was planning on returning the new stick, but was wondering if you all knew of a more likely-to-work thing of memory for the computer.


Thanks for your help!


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Re: X120e - Aftermarket memory causing BSOD, unstable boot

2011-05-13, 2:32 AM



Run crucial's scanner and it will tell you what ram to get and how much.  Crucial's memory is priced okay and it's always good quality ram.



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Re: X120e - Aftermarket memory causing BSOD, unstable boot

2011-05-13, 21:10 PM

Buy the memory that has a Lenovo FRU number on it. You can buy direct from Lenovo or search for the memory FRU numbers and buy them from online retailers.


An additional advantage to buying a Lenovo FRU is that it's covered under the notebook's warranty, so if the memory goes bad during the warranty period, you can get a replacement from Lenovo without having to ship the bad part back first.


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Re: X120e - Aftermarket memory causing BSOD, unstable boot

2011-11-27, 23:10 PM

I didn't see this thread before, and bought the G.Skill F3-10666CL9S-4GBSQ today.  It was installed in the first DIMM slot and the original 2GB was moved to the second.  I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium (which will only touch 3GB). So far there has not been any problem - I've even lived dangerously and updated the BIOS via Lenovo tool after the DIMM install.


There is also another forum thread where someone else got this stick & X120e working together: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/X120e-4GB-or-8GB-Max/td-p/413327.


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Re: X120e - Aftermarket memory causing BSOD, unstable boot

2011-11-28, 2:25 AM
the brazos can be picky on ram.
1333 is NOT surported so that a mixed bag.
the offical is samsung 1333.
i would use that.
i also took a 2 gig samsung out of another notebook and added it no problem even though the number did not match.

most of the issues are with the dram the use the speed of it and it process.
gskill is normall well liked but like i said the brazos is very picky.alot of guys had a hard time when the e 350 hit the streets and they bought ram and found it would not work in the mobo.

samsung 1333 is what used in most of lenovos.
just dont get that low volt ultra fast ns ram.
they wont work.
only select mobos can.
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