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komatsu
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Message 1 of 11

X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

I would like to upgrade my X201i RAM to 2x 4GB. I already tried second pair of memory chips, but I always get the same result: memory is recognized in BIOS, memtest86 fails after few seconds and reboots and booting OS also fails.

 

I tried unsuccessfully following chips:

  • Kingston SO-DIMM 8GB KIT DDR3 1333MHz CL9 (2x 4 GB)
  • 2x Crucial SO-DIMM 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL11

Quicker Crucial chip should theoretically slow down to the required speed, but it apparently did not so. Lenovo memory compatibility info for X201i explicitly suggests PC3-10600 DDR3-1333.

 

What could be wrong? Can anyone post his 8 GB setup?

 

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Message 2 of 11

Re: X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

what CPU do you have? what OS are you running?

I have 8 gigs in my X201t, and it works fine with 64 bits of OS. I can put in 16 gigs of ram into the X201t, but it would crash all the time when booting into the 64 bits OS, it boots into 32 bits OS fine.
Regards,

Jin Li

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I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
komatsu
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Re: X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

I have a Intel Core i3 M 370, the CPU supports 8 GB max.

 

I tested both sets of RAM with 32-bit Ubuntu and Memtest86. I know about differences between 32-bit and 64-bit OS and I installed 64-bit Fedora Linux meanwhile.

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Message 4 of 11

Re: X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

okay. So what if you use only single stick of ram, does it change in its behaviour?
Regards,

Jin Li

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komatsu
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Message 5 of 11

Re: X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

No combination worked for me. I tried both 4 GB stick solo and combinations of one my current chip and one new. In one of the combinations it didn't get even past POST.

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Message 6 of 11

Re: X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

is your X201i on the latest BIOS update?
Regards,

Jin Li

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I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
komatsu
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Message 7 of 11

Re: X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

Yes, I updated BIOS to the version 1.40.

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Message 8 of 11

Re: X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

so what was the original shipped ram configuration? At this moment, i can only suggest trying to get 4 gigs of 1066 mhz DDR3 ram or something.

Regards,

Jin Li

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komatsu
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Message 9 of 11

Re: X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

I got 1 + 2GB PC3-8500-CL7 / 1066 (FRU 55Y3713 and FRU 55Y3712) now. I'll test the PC3-8500 / 1066 chips. Unfortunately they are more expensive than the quicker ones.

 

What is really confusing is the Lenovo memory compatibility page, which states that PC3-10600 DDR3-1333 is ok for X201i.

 

 

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Message 10 of 11

Re: X201i 8GB memory upgrade problem

Yes theoretically they should work. As I am using 1333 MHz ram in my X201t, or maybe get Lenovo branded 1333 MHz 4 gigs module. Other than that not sure what else I can suggest you can do at this moment in time.
Regards,

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft

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