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PC2 5200 - hard to source?

Posted on 2011-09-07
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Hi,
We are trying to get some RAM upgrades for our IBM servers. At the moment they have PC2 5200 installed.

I am finding it incredibly differcult to source this - is it posible to use PC2 5300 instead if we strip all of the current RAM out?

Thanks
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by:DarinTCH
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go directly to IBM website
1 - they may have the 'parts'
2 they have a list of what will work in that server
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by:Kenzii
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will take a look.
thanks
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by:Dr. Klahn
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As long as you purchase the same type of memory (same ECC in the replacement as in the original, same buffering in the replacement as in the original) it should be possible to use replacement memory that is equal to or faster than the original.

There have been a few manufacturers that locked the BIOS of their motherboards so that only "manufacturer approved" memory would work in their systems.  Without knowing the model of the machine in question, it's impossible to say whether this is the case for your machine.

If the system is still under IBM warranty or is under IBM service contract, using unapproved memory may void the warranty or the service contract.
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by:joinaunion
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It would help us to know server model # etc....
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by:Kenzii
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Model=eserver xSeries 346 -[8840EDY]-
Serial Number=KDABHAT
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This is kingston memory that will work with your server.
http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/modelsinfo.asp?id=1&SysID=19833&mfr=IBM&model=eServer+xSeries+346+%288840&search_type=&root=ca&LinkBack=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kingston.com%2Fcanada&Sys=19833-IBM-eServer+xSeries+346+%288840-xxx%29&distributor=0&submit1=Search

From my understanding of how memory works and what you board supports, which is pc2-3200 200mhz.If you go up to say 600mhz the motherboard will only run it at 200mhz.
Unless you can manually change the speed in bios you are wasting your money on the faster stuff.
Another note if IBM has released a newer bios to support higher speed memory for your server then download and install before you purchase pc2-5300 memory.
I would really call ibm before you purchase new memory or the very least ask then if this applies to your sever and if you have to apply bios update.
http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/xseries/upgrades/mmatrix.html
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worked. thanks
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