Maximum ram for IBM ThinkCenter 81713FM?

May 2, 2012 at 03:46:05
Specs: windowsxp, 3.2ghz/512mb
Hi i bought 2 ram stick for this machine and the machine would not boot or show anything on the screen. There were not any beep sounds by the motherboard either. Well when i tried one ram stick on the slot closest to the edge of the motherboard there was but not when i put one stick closest to the cpu. 2 sticks and nothing at all. I bought 2 x pc3200 1gb each and not sure if that is too much for this machine? The friend that owns the machine only has maybe 512mb in there in total right now. The machines cpu is 3.2ghz i think and otherwise works well but the ram boost would be good. I have ubuntu running on it right now and that distro version is not offering updates any more so would like to install the latest Ubuntu. Because this girl has no money then we are not interested to put windows on the machine. besides windows for some reason didn't allow the sound when i did try ages ago....or when she got it it had windows but there was no sound. I downloaded the drivers more than once and it didn't worked so we wiped the machine about a year ago and ubuntu worked straight away!

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#1
May 2, 2012 at 04:21:54
Sorry, can't find any info on that model.

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#2
May 2, 2012 at 04:23:13
Looks like 2GB is your max

http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Leno...


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#4
May 2, 2012 at 04:52:25
riider,

ahhh, I beat you by like 23 minutes

phil22

It's a think center S51


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#5
May 2, 2012 at 05:51:13
Your link doesn't work so I posted another.

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#6
May 2, 2012 at 06:33:46
Now Now - Girls!

I have found on occasion that sites such as Crucial can give misleading information.

The User Manual is generally the best place for accurate details, such as:-
memory type
number of sticks
capacity of sticks
order of slots used
etc.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#7
May 2, 2012 at 08:36:51
Oh thanks everyone. Hmmmmm i bought 2 x 1gb so i am mystified as to why it didn't take...the only thing i can think of doing is to stick the ram in and just install ubuntu on top and see if that works...maybe the old version of ubunutu is blocking it somehow...i dunno i seem to remember this sort of thing happening to me before...see,s strange to say but i have seen some strange things that worked for me that are not supposed to :0)

Oh btw yes some websites say it is a S51 and some the other model...on the machine itself it is the model that i listed in the subject. Thanks very much will try and install straight and see what happens...install the OS i mean :0)

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#8
May 2, 2012 at 11:49:47
The slot closest to the CPU gets the most dust blown on it from the CPU fan. Try to get your system to POST with ram in that slot. But you will have to clean it out first.

Take a piece of paper and tear a small piece, now fold it up until you have a piece that you can use to slide up and down the slot to clean the contacts. When you are done with that go over it with some alcohol and a cotton swab.


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#9
May 2, 2012 at 14:30:30
post a link where you bought the ram from. ebay? if, yes than it is probably high density.
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07153

larry


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#10
May 3, 2012 at 00:23:48
Yes but the original ram is working in both slots. I put the original ram back in because this machine is at someone elses place and i can't go back there anytime soon.

I can't boot the machine or go into the bios with the new ram in either slot or both slots. I am not sure what high density means...haven't got time to google to find out right now but i looked on the original ram and i though pc3200 was right...well thats on the original ram and i bought the ram of the same....don't have time to open ebay right now...:0)

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#11
May 3, 2012 at 00:42:22
Thus is the ram i bought http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/18075363...

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#12
May 3, 2012 at 02:16:31
HI Rapattack,

If I understand you correctly, with the original ram installed the pc boots/posts, but does not do so with the new ram installed.

This suggests the new ram is incompatible with the pc.

Would not think the os is anything to do with the problem, as you have not reached to loading it, only the boot/post stage.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#13
May 3, 2012 at 02:42:46
yeah i agree with mike you have to be careful with generic brands, because the motherboard may not support it due to the fact that it can't read the ram chips on the ram correctly. And i never even heard of that name you bought it's def not an actual namebrand. it prob came from china, god knows what you really got. since china has a bad rep for selling generic brands because they don't obied by the same patent laws like almost every other industrial country does. So i'd be def careful next time you buy things on ebay especially generic items coming in from other countries that namebrand is not well known.

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#14
May 3, 2012 at 05:19:52
Yes it sounds like the ram is incompatible but i won't know for sure until i can get to the persons place again and try my theory. Everything else you said is a yes from me.

Yeah i realise that china is a risk. To be hones t can't remember where i got it from. I don't buy things thinking of the brand as i just don't know what brands to trust. I don't have the luxury of an income(on a pension) so i don't get fussy. I know it matters but i can't consider it. The person that actually bought this ram is in the same position. So if your guys are saying the ram is incompatible does that mean the ram is no good? Or does that mean it has to be brand specific to work?

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#15
May 3, 2012 at 09:00:51
Hi Rapattack,

I do not think it is necessarily the brand, but the specification.

As I advised previously, the pc user manual is the bible regarding this aspect.

I bet if you compared the memory specification(s) in the manual with the specification of the new sticks, the reason for them not working will jump up and bite you on the ass! :-)

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#16
May 3, 2012 at 09:14:35
Sorry i don't understand. I think i said in the original post that i didn't see anything in the manual or user guide or whatever. There was nothing about the specs of any ram at all that i could see. I am going by the original sticks in the machine. Is that not the right thing to do?

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#17
May 4, 2012 at 05:52:50
From the link to ebay you posted:

Density : HIGH DENSITY

most brand name computers, like dell, IBM, HP, etc , from that time period don't like high density ram.

larry


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#18
May 4, 2012 at 05:57:09
Oh gee i didn't know that. I mean i might have seen the term but didn't understand what it meant....there is so much to learn about computers. The ebayer did email me back to say it was high density and a few things to try when i get a chance to look at my friends machine again. Will be a few days as i am swamped right now :0)

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#19
May 11, 2012 at 09:13:44
Went to my friends place last night and i decided to slot in some other ram i found in my box of stuff. 2 x 2gb sticks. Funny because i am sure i read that this machine takes 2gb in total no more. Anyway at first i got some beeps from the mb protesting. I think it was 3 short beeps and a gap then 3 short beeps. Can't quite remember. Anyway rebooted and everything was fine. I then installed Ubuntu and still everything fine. Lots of updates and two more reboots. Everything fine. Interesting...My theory was right on the money. Seen too many strange things like this that defy manuals. The seller of the ram told me to check a few things in the bios but i didn't bother. Oh i also noticed that the ram i bought is Samsung. I looked ont he chips not a sticker. Does that mean anything good?

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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