PC hardware forum: Do some 1st gen Core i series systems not take newer RAM?

by: cwatkin September 1, 2014 12:13 PM PDT

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Do some 1st gen Core i series systems not take newer RAM?

by cwatkin - 9/1/14 12:13 PM

I recently have upgraded an HP G7-1150US laptop from the stock 4GB of RAM to 6GB and then 8GB. This is a 1st generation Core i3 laptop that can take up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. I upgraded the BIOS to the latest version on the HP website.

The RAM I used is from systems that were upgraded to larger capacities. As this computer is a cast off to run a security camera system, I didn't feel like buying RAM just for it so I re-used other cast off RAM.

Anytime I used RAM from a newer generation of laptop, the computer had memory issues. The first try didn't even get it to boot. It would post but get a BSOD on start. The next RAM booted the system but ha a BSOD within hours or days depending on how it felt. Since it wasn't doing this before I upgraded the RAM, I went back to 4GB until I got ahold of 8GB from a same generation system. The older 8GB set worked jut fine.

I know the RAM from the newer systems is good as they ran great. Is there some incompatibility between RAM types on the earlier generation Core I series chipsets?

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