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Any considerations when looking for a W530?

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Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#1 Post by wrybread » Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:27 pm

My beloved T530 just died, and I'm thinking about getting a W530 so I can have more RAM. Anything I should look for? Are there some screens that are better than others? Guessing it's like the T530's where some keyboards are backlit and some aren't?

And I don't imagine anyone has a W530 gathering dust somewhere that they'd like to sell?

Planning on going the eBay route otherwise.

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Re: Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#2 Post by KDM Mods » Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:55 am

wrybread wrote:My beloved T530 just died, and I'm thinking about getting a W530 so I can have more RAM. Anything I should look for? Are there some screens that are better than others? Guessing it's like the T530's where some keyboards are backlit and some aren't?

And I don't imagine anyone has a W530 gathering dust somewhere that they'd like to sell?

Planning on going the eBay route otherwise.
I actually have one i need to sell. Only thing it needs is a new fan cause the bearings went out. Currently does not have a drive in it. Here are the specs
I7 3940xm
24gb ram
K2000m 2gb gpu
1080p display
Will be going on ebay once its fixed up
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Re: Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#3 Post by wrybread » Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:05 pm

I don't need a drive, and I bet I could use the fan from my deceased T530. Message me or email me? (wrybread at gmail dot com).

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Re: Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#4 Post by kfzhu1229 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:21 pm

Maybe also consider trying some last stitched methods to see if the motherboard would come back on the T530? Like washing the motherboard and also baking the motherboard?
Dell Lat CP MMX-233 64mb 40gb W2k
600 PII-266 416mb 40gb WXP
T23 PIII 1.13ghz 1gb W7
Precision M4300 X9000 8gb 160gb WUXGA Ultrasharp fp W10
T530i 15.6" i7 16gb fp W10
UXGA:
A30p PIII 1.2 1gb W7 (IDTech)
T43p 2.26 2gb fp W10 (Sharp)
Lat C840 P4-2.5 2gb 60gb W7 (Ultrasharp)

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Re: Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#5 Post by wrybread » Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:31 pm

It got left out in the rain powered on (it's a long story). It didn't get super wet, just a sprinkle, but won't turn on anymore.

I opened it up and it was almost completely dry, but unfortunately there was a drop or two inside it, which is of course enough to do a lot of damage. It's all dried now but still won't power on.

If anyone has any theories on what that could be, I'll try whatever. I've tried different battery, no battery, different power supply.

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Re: Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#6 Post by kfzhu1229 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:34 pm

wrybread wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:31 pm
It got left out in the rain powered on (it's a long story). It didn't get super wet, just a sprinkle, but won't turn on anymore.

I opened it up and it was almost completely dry, but unfortunately there was a drop or two inside it, which is of course enough to do a lot of damage. It's all dried now but still won't power on.

If anyone has any theories on what that could be, I'll try whatever. I've tried different battery, no battery, different power supply.
Wash the motherboard. Yes this sounds very counter intuitive, but while washing it while powered on gives you a dead mobo, washing it while powered off and then make sure no residue is left behind cleans off whatever corrosion, micro shorts, or bad contacts that the board has.
I have suggested to many others to try this. Since in your case there is no loss anyway why not.
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=131694&p=853371&hilit=wash#p853371
After this, you might need a multimeter and probe around the motherboard as ThinkPad motherboards love fuses and there are lots of them that can blow out.
If you are lucky, it can be the shorts caused by corrosion, and those get washed away when you wash the motherboard so it would work again.
If you have severe problems such as a blown superio, then it's game over.
Test your CPU and RAM also as they can fry too if rain blows the MOSFETs
Dell Lat CP MMX-233 64mb 40gb W2k
600 PII-266 416mb 40gb WXP
T23 PIII 1.13ghz 1gb W7
Precision M4300 X9000 8gb 160gb WUXGA Ultrasharp fp W10
T530i 15.6" i7 16gb fp W10
UXGA:
A30p PIII 1.2 1gb W7 (IDTech)
T43p 2.26 2gb fp W10 (Sharp)
Lat C840 P4-2.5 2gb 60gb W7 (Ultrasharp)

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Re: Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#7 Post by wrybread » Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:46 pm

Fuses are a really good idea. I don't see any on the top of the mobo, do I need to look at the backside? I'm having trouble removing the bottom case, but will figure it out if needed.

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Re: Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#8 Post by kfzhu1229 » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:02 pm

wrybread wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:46 pm
Fuses are a really good idea. I don't see any on the top of the mobo, do I need to look at the backside? I'm having trouble removing the bottom case, but will figure it out if needed.
If you are gonna tackle with fuses, you MUST make sure the places that fuse got blown actually have no shorts or corrosion, otherwise bypassing the fuse will just be a death sentence to your motherboard.
Dell Lat CP MMX-233 64mb 40gb W2k
600 PII-266 416mb 40gb WXP
T23 PIII 1.13ghz 1gb W7
Precision M4300 X9000 8gb 160gb WUXGA Ultrasharp fp W10
T530i 15.6" i7 16gb fp W10
UXGA:
A30p PIII 1.2 1gb W7 (IDTech)
T43p 2.26 2gb fp W10 (Sharp)
Lat C840 P4-2.5 2gb 60gb W7 (Ultrasharp)

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Re: Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#9 Post by wrybread » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:45 pm

I'm pretty sure the shorts was just water that was there for a moment and is now gone. But yes of course, I'll make sure there aren't any shorts.

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Re: Any considerations when looking for a W530?

#10 Post by KDM Mods » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:11 am

wrybread wrote:I don't need a drive, and I bet I could use the fan from my deceased T530. Message me or email me? (wrybread at gmail dot com).
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