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Putting a W500 MOBO inside a W510?

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Putting a W500 MOBO inside a W510?

#1 Post by lawgilbert95 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:23 am

I need some guidance here:

I have a ThinkPad W500 (TYPE: 4063-J51) in which the display is gone, but the motherboard is perfectly fine
I also have a ThinkPad W510 (TYPE: 4876-A11) in which the motherboard is gone, other components are fine

Hence, instead of wasting money repairing both, I was wondering if it might be possible for me to put the ThinkPad W500's motherboard into a ThinkPad W510 chassis

If yes, what modifications, if any are needed?
Where/how do I even start?

Thanks in advance to all for your help

Gilbert

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Re: Putting a W500 MOBO inside a W510?

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:25 am

IMO since you already have both laptops at hand, it's easier to check if the W500 board will fit.

The important questions are:

* do the screw holes line up

* are the keyboards interchangeable

* Will the W510 LCD work on the W500

and so forth.

A "no" in any of those questions will cast serious doubt on the feasibility of the translplant.
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Re: Putting a W500 MOBO inside a W510?

#3 Post by TPFanatic » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:25 am

It won't fit at all. Everything is different. At best you can use the W500 with an external monitor, the W510 casing can possibly in the future house a motherboard from another T510, T520, W510, or W520, but note if the donor board is from a T510 or T520 you'll need a T510 or T520 heatsink.
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Re: Putting a W500 MOBO inside a W510?

#4 Post by 28CarsLater » Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:54 pm

I'm curious, why is it the heatsink/fan of the W520/30 cannot fit on the T520/30 motherboard? I was under the impression they were nearly identical save the GPU. Thanks.
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Re: Putting a W500 MOBO inside a W510?

#5 Post by TPFanatic » Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:27 pm

On W-series heatsink the screws are equidistant from each other like a square. On T-series the heatsink screws are closer together longitudinally like a rectangle.
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