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2nd slot issues

I'm trying to install a second stick of ram in my t30, but it wont work. I switched the old and put in the new and that works. So whats my issue. I've been reading that there is a second slot issue with the t30. Could this be my problem?

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  • lynchmobb Feb 17, 2008

    Tried your advise. Still not reading. I contacted ibm, and they said that I would have to pay for repair even though it was offered for free 2yrs previous. I asked customer service why would it matter, and he told me "its because we sent those notices out, and if you didn't respond...". Well basically its my prob, even though I haven't had the computer for more than a year. Any other suggestions to get this other slot to read my memory?

  • lynchmobb Feb 17, 2008

    Thanks for your help

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IBM's may need a bios update to read the 2nd slot do that first, and then check your setup for both slot availabilty. IBM always has, and always will make your life interesting.

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Posted on Feb 16, 2008

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    Patrick Michaels Feb 17, 2008

    unfortunately, that's how IBM has always played the game. Too bad too, since the computer isn't really that bad. I also understand that the max size of memory is limited too. Reminds me of the old Compaq proprietary days.


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