Another enhancement has been added to the free LenovoLook tool. I have always been concerned about field upgrades to memory, in cases where you have to remove one or more of the base/standard modules, to make room for larger modules. The question arises as to what to do with the removed parts. Some help is now available when using LenovoLook, the app for Android devices and selected BlackBerry smart phones. Effective 2015/04/24, the sample databases posted at www.pscfg.com/downloads.htm
have a revised description for the memory sockets. Of course, if you download the PC Sales Guide/Configurator tool after that date to create your own databases, they too will have the same capability.
The old way of describing memory sockets was "Total/Free (x) (y)". I have changed that to "Sockets: Total (x), Open (y)". This means you can now search a database like one of the samples (US-Thinkpads.pdb) for either a machine type or model as follows....e450,open (1)
and it will locate all current ThinkPad E450 models with ONE open memory socket. Note the comma used to separate the two search strings. If you use the German or French versions the word "open" is replaced by "frei" and "libre" respectively.
This will help you find a home for any modules you removed from your E450, to make room for bigger memory modules. This of course will not work if there are TWO OR MORE open sockets - you would have to use "open (2)" etc. - so I am considering doing another database rework to say something like "Open-Yes (x)" which would find ANY models with any number of open sockets. Of course there would be some where it would be "Open-None". Customer interest will as usual determine if I undertake this extra work, given there are 15,400 system units in the database that will have to be addressed. Let me know.
Coming soon is a related database for LenovoLook, called the Lenovo MultiTool, where if you enter the FRU number of the removed part, it will
(a) tell you the marketing equivalent
(b) list the machine types/models which support that marketing part
(c) even give you a list of all the supported options for any given machine type in the database
after which you could use this new search function for models with an open socket to find a home for the removed FRU.