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IBM T42 memory stick Debian dpkg seg fault

Discussion in 'IBM Thinkpad' started by Paul, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I just bought a stick of 1Gb Crucial PC2700 RAM for my thinkpad (it has
    512 in the gut, and I installed this on the back panel). After a while
    i tried installing a package, and dpkg/apt/synaptic seg fault, crash
    and have to reboot (good ol' electric way). I suspected it was bad ram,
    but I put the RAM in over 9 hours of memtest, and got no errors...

    Now I am suspicious... should I RMA the stick or is this something
    anyone has come against? I went back to my old RAM and everything
    worked ok.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks all!

    Paul, Nov 27, 2005
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    Phil Sherman Guest

    I had a similar problem with my T40, upgrading from 512m to 1g.
    Thinkpads, in general, are relatively picky about memory. Memory from
    IBM/Lenovo is guaranteed to work while others may or may not.

    I tried three different brands, purchased from a local (national chain)
    computer store. All failed! Finally, a discussion with a knowledgeable
    sales rep yielded the recommendation to purchase ram for an Apple
    system. It worked great and I've had no problems for a couple of years.

    Phil Sherman
    Phil Sherman, Nov 29, 2005
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  3. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Hey, Thanks! sorry for not replying back earlier. I guess I'll have to
    change my RMA to a "return" then. What brand did you end up buying
    anyway? I guess I can poke around and see what apple folks buy.

    Paul, Dec 2, 2005
  4. Paul

    Phil Sherman Guest

    I don't know which brand it was but, from what I was told, Apple has
    much stricter requirements on the memory timings than the Intel
    specifications. I've owned a number of Thinkpads and have noticed that
    all have been quite picky about what memory will work.

    Phil Sherman
    Phil Sherman, Dec 3, 2005
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