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I've just bought 2 x 4gb Corsair CM3X4GSD1066 memory bricks. I've now however read that people have had problems getting these to work on a W500 - but is there a way to do it or should I just return them ASAP? If so - what bricks will work? If any ...

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Turks out they worked just fine for me and the w500! – Riri Oct 21 '10 at 11:27
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I've had no trouble getting 16GB of RAM to work on a W510 (which is largely the same as a W500, but those only support 8GB and I don't think I've tried more than 6GB on one...), but I've never tried these particular DIMMs. (I have never had luck with Corsair.) I was using Kingston, personally. Really, though, the best thing to do is buy the RAM directly from Lenovo - it may be slightly overpriced, but it will carry the warranty coverage of the laptop if you do this!

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what RAM did you use to get 16GB of RAM to work on a Lenovo W500? – user82057 May 23 '11 at 14:19
@antheo - Doh, this is totally a typo on my part. The W500 only supports 8GB - I meant a W510. >.< They're largely the same except for that which was sort of my point - ThinkPads are pretty robust. (I edited the post - thank you.) – Shinrai May 23 '11 at 14:43
16GB will not work in the w500. I just tested it with 2x8GB team ram sticks. The computer makes a pattern of beeps and then shuts off without displaying anything on the screen. – ntw1103 Feb 16 '13 at 22:43
@ntw1103 - That's what it says - the 500 series doesn't support that much. – Shinrai Feb 17 '13 at 4:37
I know, I just wanted to iterate that it has been tested. :) I was once told you couldn't use an intel 6250 wifi/wimax card in a thinkpad x60t, even with an unlocked BIOS. It actually was possible after covering pin 15 on the pci-e card. I did mark your answer as useful. – ntw1103 Feb 17 '13 at 18:35

You need to have a 64bit OS to have all the 8GB viewed/usable that's all You can stress test these RAM using Memtest?

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Or you could use a 32-bit OS that uses PAE. Each process would still be limited to 4GB of address space though. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 19 '10 at 15:04
Yeah, I have x64 but what do I have to do to make the RAM viewed/usable? – Riri Oct 19 '10 at 16:00

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