Alienware 17 RAM compatibility

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Dusk Star, Jul 12, 2013.

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  1. Dusk Star

    Dusk Star Notebook Consultant

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    I just received a new 17 as a replacement for my old and very sick r3, and thought it would be a good idea to move over my aftermarket 2x8GB ram sticks, but the laptop refused to post (4 beeps) with them inserted. Would I have to manually set the ram speed to 1333 to have it work? (The ram was working 15 minutes prior, so I don't think that's the issue)
     
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    Try it with one stick inserted.
    Does it post?
     
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    I'll have to try that - it might just be a bad RAM slot, or one of the cards might have died over the intervening 15 minutes I guess.
     
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    same issue here. Tried normal 1.5v ddr3 ram 1600mhz but the laptop refuse to post (4beep)
     
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    anyone replaced all of the ram to 1.5v yet? does it work ?
     
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    I've been meaning to, I just haven't had the chance yet - it looks like my GPU (or GPU driver) has a serious issue with playing Tomb Raider, so I'm focusing on that first.
     
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    You need to use DDR3L on the new platforms, they can't be mixed.
     
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    No chance of a BIOS update offering the ability to run DDR3L as DDR3? As far as I understand the only difference is the minimum voltage they require to run...
     
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