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Memoryt slots problem

Soo i read a thread about the memory slots problem for ibm t30
how can we fix this without pressuring the ram into their slots?

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  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    i have 2 slots with 256 Mb each, totalling 512 Mb. unfortunately one slot doesn't work, so that it's only recognize one memory, 256 Mb. how to make both of the slots work as its initial performance?

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    Same same same!!!

    I bought the T30 with intention to keep it for longer period and found this is
    very expensive ****.




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This is a common problem, see this link for guidence. http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_failing_memory_slot

The only effective solutions are to replace the motherboard with one that has been modified by IBM to correct the issue or re-solder the cracked solder joints. If you choose to try the re-solder route yourself and have little or no experence with solders I recommend searching for additional links that explain more about the process. It does work if done right, but sometimes it takes more then one attempt when you're being careful not to get the motherboard too hot.

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Firstly, heat the soldering iron and clean all traces of solder from the bit. You can use a wet solder sponge, or even damp kitchen paper. It is VITAL to remove all solder.

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Taking great care, press the bit of the hot iron with moderate pressure (about twice what you would use to press a key with one finger) on each pin in turn for about 1 second, on the contacts of the memory slot that is not working. Because you have no solder on the tip, it does not matter that you touch more than one contact at a time, but there are very small surface mount capacitors between the sockets. Be careful not to touch and unsolder these.

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Remember there are pins on both sides of the memory socket. Do not worry if some of the plastic of the socket melts, it is not a problem.

Continue until you have worked on all of the pins. Patience is a virtue here. Allow to cool, re-assemble and test.

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