New 2020 LG Gram 17

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  1. hfm

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    I quoted the post with the video
     
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    Still looks anemic. Hopefully someone makes a 3rd party heat sink.

    For speakers I think I'll just attach a mini speaker bar to my laptop stand. I have a portable one, too, but that's heavy due to a battery. Maybe a USB speaker bar like the Dell Pro Stereo Soundbar AE515M
     
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    skaertus Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks for the mention. The new 17-inch LG Gram looks a good update. It is faster and has a larger battery, which will probably deliver better battery life. The screen is good with its large size and a 1440p resolution, and it is still a lightweight. Looks like a very compelling laptop.

    Kudos for LG for releasing this unique line of 17-inch laptops.

    Nearly all manufacturers seem to be simple Apple followers these days, just copying whichever trend Apple throws at them, instead of thinking with their own heads.

    Apple axed the 17-inch MacBook Pro and has kept a high-end, powerful, heavy and expensive 15/16-inch model in the last few years. For regular users, the 13-inch Pro/Air models (and the discontinued 11/12-inch lines) are more suitable, as they are lighter and more affordable.

    Everyone seems to have followed Apple, delivering laptops which are either small and light or big, heavy and powerful.

    17-inch laptops became a rarity. 15-inch laptops became either (i) low-end machines; (ii) laptops for photo and video professionals, which are powerful, heavy, expensive and come with features which are not necessary for regular users; and (ii) gaming laptops, which are heavy and have a dismal battery life.

    LG is finally seeing the obvious. Many people would like a laptop with a large and comfortable screen which is not overly heavy or expensive. Some of them only buy a 13-inch laptop because they are left out of options of mainstream light quality laptops.

    A large laptop doesn't have to equal a very powerful one. By not including a dedicated video card, LG managed to produce a large, light and comparatively cheap laptop which still looks and feels premium.

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    I just purchased the 2020 LG Gram 17 (IceLake/10th Gen Intel). My first impressions are positive, but I'm having a problem getting a 32GB DDR4 stick (Samsung 2666MHz) working in the version I have[1]. When I swap-in the 32GB module, the computer does not boot - there's no display signal at all. I tried swapping-in a 4GB stick and the same thing happens. Finally, not having any additional memory (empty sodimm slot) also does not boot. In the BIOS, after hitting the CTRL+ALT+F7 key combo, I enabled all of the diagnostic bootup information. None of these diagnostics shows on bootup with the non-default configurations listed above.

    LG's website does not show any available BIOS updates, so I'm kinda stuck with what I can do. I'm posting here in the hopes that other people who purchased this can share their experience. I'm really hoping that there isn't some sort of IceLake chipset issue preventing a 40GB memory install like the 2019 version is able to support. The ability to have 40GB of memory was a big selling point for me.

    [1] model # 17Z90N-R.AAC8U1, which is the Costco SKU; this is different than the models available at Amazon, B&H, and LG's own site which is model number 17Z90N-R.AAC9U1. The main difference that I see is the addition of a second 512GB SSD drive in the 2nd M.2 slot on the latter model.
     
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    How long did you wait for the post to complete? Some of these newer machine can take quite a bit of time to complete the initial post after changing ram. Also I am curious if you could use a program like hwinfo64 and see if the onboard ram has jedec timings for 1333mhz. If it does not then you may have no choice but to use ddr4-3200+ sodimms in the expansion slot.
     
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    Was thinking that as well, the onboard RAM is 3200 on the 2020 model.
     
  8. AntonyN

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    @win32asmguy

    Thank you - it boots! My impatience got the better of me here haha! Windows 10 recognizes all 40GB of memory. I am currently running an extended Windows 10 memory test (I'll give it 12 hours or so) and will report back if I see anything odd. Below is an image link to the hwinfo64 report for anyone who's interested. The 32GB Samsung memory chip I'm using is model # M471A4G43MB1.

    Post edit for people wanting to upgrade their memory: the initial bootup after installing the memory was about 2 minutes, during which there was no display output. The power LED and keyboard backlight were lit. This is with the BIOS diagnostics enabled and Quick Boot disabled. Subsequent bootups are as quick as before the memory upgrade.

    hwinfo64 screenshot: https://ibb.co/RYdvHW3

    Next up is adding a second M.2 drive. I have a Samsung 970 EVO on the way. I will keep everyone posted on the install of that.
     
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    2 minutes is insane! hah... they could at least display some feedback like a blinking cursor with a message that it could take a few minutes to post.
     
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