I recently bought a new 4GB memory card. I wanted to add it to the current one to have 8GB.
Each of them works separately, but when I try using both the laptop won't boot.
This is the new stick:
And this is the original stick that came with the laptop (took it from google but it's the same model exactly):
It seems it's up for one sec but doesn't continue booting. The power light shows it's on. I figured the blue one is 1333Mhz. I guess the problem is the new one is 1600Mhz, although I read this just means the system will use both as a 1333Mhz. Regardless, I updated my BIOS but that didn't really help. After updating and cleaning the contacts, I tried using both and it didn't work. Then I tried just the new one and it didn't work and only after few tries I succeeded booting with the old one.
The Ramaxel module has a PC3-12800S marking, right? That's DDR3-1600, not DDR3-1333.
Something is off with your new RAM module, have you tried any spare DDR3 modules to boot with the old Ramaxel module?
This is the output I got on RAM when checking Hardware:
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Total Width: 64 bits Data Width: 64 bits Size: 4096 MB Form Factor: SODIMM Bank Locator: BANK 2 Type: DDR3 Type Detail: Synchronous Speed: 1333 MT/s Configured Memory Speed: 1333 MT/s
Don't have any.
The strange thing is the new one workerd alone the first time I tried it, and then when I placed only the old one it worked on the first try. After updating the BIOS took some tries to boot even with the old one.
Maybe I need to clean the slots? Or is it really the frequency?
Doubt it, although I believe that it has something to do with Rowhammer. The BIOS changelog of your E530 states that it has been updated to 'enhance' security by apparently adding in work-arounds to protect the RAM from Rowhammer attacks.
Here is the CPU and BIOS info:
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Version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2348M CPU @ 2.30GHz Voltage: 1.0 V External Clock: 100 MHz Max Speed: 2300 MHz Current Speed: 2300 MHz Status: Populated, Enabled Core Count: 2 Core Enabled: 2 Thread Count: 4 Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2348M CPU @ 2.30GHz, 1354 MHz Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2348M CPU @ 2.30GHz, 1100 MHz Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2348M CPU @ 2.30GHz, 1666 MHz Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2348M CPU @ 2.30GHz, 1206 MHz BIOS Information Vendor: LENOVO Version: H0ET98WW (2.58 ) Release Date: 08/18/2016 Runtime Size: 128 kB ROM Size: 4096 kB Characteristics: PCI is supported PNP is supported BIOS is upgradeable BIOS shadowing is allowed Boot from CD is supported Selectable boot is supported EDD is supported 3.5"/720 kB floppy services are supported (int 13h) Print screen service is supported (int 5h) 8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h) Serial services are supported (int 14h) Printer services are supported (int 17h) CGA/mono video services are supported (int 10h) ACPI is supported USB legacy is supported BIOS boot specification is supported Targeted content distribution is supported UEFI is supported BIOS Revision: 2.58 Firmware Revision: 2.58
I'm using Linux Kubuntu if that matters.
You could try cleaning the RAM slots as a last resort, but I am convinced that it has something to do with your new RAM module. The Rowhammer work-arounds that were added to the BIOS may have only worsened the issue regarding your new RAM module. In any case, I would advise buying another RAM module that isn't from a sketchy brand.
Any RAM module with identical specifications will work best with the Ramaxel module, such as this Hynix DDR3-1600 module.
If you are feeling a little adventurous, you could try a DDR3L-1600 module or a DDR3-1333 module.
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