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[W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#1 Post by Dancorp » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:08 am

Hi everyone, i'm Daniel, 35yo from Marseille (France)
In advance, sorry for my english !

I love thinkpad laptop, i have already a T61 and a T400.
i just got a W530 for free from a friend... for parts (fallen)

As mentionned in the title, it won't boot, and i got 1 sequence of 4 short beep.
That's very difficult to have informations on this bios code.
I have already try to change RAM, remove CMOS battery, remove battery... without success... i still got a blanck screen (on int. screen and vga) with 4 beeps.

Is the motherboard in fault ? If yes, which one must be ordered (looks to have diff FRU/Versions)
The laptop is a W530 Model 2441.

Thanks in advance for your help.

BR.

Daniel

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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:13 am

Yeah, system board is probably dead. Doubt its worth it with all the damage. Buy one off eBay if you really want one.
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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#3 Post by Dancorp » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:30 am

Thanks for you response. In appearance, the laptop is in good condition.
Which is the FRU for my model ? Can i find it on the system board itself?

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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#4 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:50 am

Different FRUs for different system configs. Check under the RAM for a sticker. Dont make my mistake and by the WRONG FRU. It just plain wont boot.
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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#5 Post by Dancorp » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:04 am

Thanks a lot !
Mine looks to be 55.4QE01.121
Sadly, there is nothing on current ebay listings.

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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#6 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:42 am

Dancorp wrote:
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:04 am
Thanks a lot !
Mine looks to be 55.4QE01.121
Sadly, there is nothing on current ebay listings.
Nope, wrong sticker.

The FRU is a number that looks like this

##*####

# = number
* = letter

My W700 motherboard has a FRU of 42W8901.

The sticker should be located here:

Image

Also, yes there are some others on eBay. Make sure the FRU matches up before you buy!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Lenovo- ... 2884252235

This one doesn't have the FRU tag so I wouldn't trust if I were you but that's your decisions to buy or not.
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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#7 Post by Dancorp » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:58 am

Got it ! Thanks again !
FRU: 04W6827

This offer looks to be a good deal, but i have to be sure to receive my FRU or check if other FRU in titles are compatibles.
www.ebay.com/itm/132115493272

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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#8 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:02 am

Enter the serial no (without the -) here: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/partslookup
It should give you the parts as used in that machine.
A motherboard there is also known as PLANAR or BDPLANAR.

Get the complete partslist here: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd024401
and the T530/W530 manual from the HMM link above.
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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#9 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:03 am

If it mentions more than 1 FRU in the title, avoid it. It means they have no clue what the product actually is.
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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#10 Post by Dancorp » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:35 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:02 am
Enter the serial no (without the -) here: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/partslookup
It should give you the parts as used in that machine.
A motherboard there is also known as PLANAR or BDPLANAR.
Thanks :)

For my S/N, the BDPLANAR FRU should be 04X1503
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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#11 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:53 pm

Look at the pictures of offered mobos before you decide.
Check also if they are real pictures, not generic ones. Ask if need be.
Just in case: you'll want one with 4 RAM slots, 2 on top and 2 on bottom and without W8pro in the parts/frubom list.

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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#12 Post by Dancorp » Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:24 am

Thanks my friend.
Before ordering a "new" system board, i'll try to check for a broken soldered pad with a hot air gun (fallen laptop)
(sorry for my english)

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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#13 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:24 am

Pas de problème.

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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#14 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:32 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:Pas de problème.
Hey, I thought all non-english posts would be removed? Just kidding :)
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#15 Post by rkawakami » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:20 pm

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RealBlackStuff wrote:Pas de problème.
Hey, I thought all non-english posts would be removed? Just kidding :)
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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#16 Post by rkawakami » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:29 pm

@Dancorp: I had a similar boot error code awhile back but on an X60. See here: /viewtopic.php?t=90116

TL;DR: Try removing all memory modules and put a different sized one in a single slot and see what happens. For your system, I believe you'll have to use Slot 0.
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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#17 Post by Dancorp » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:53 am

THanks for the tip :
I have tried to put a PC3 8500 (1066) 2GB card > No Post, no beep, nothing (underclocked ram ?)
But now, the laptop is not beeping anymore with the legacy ram (PC3 10600) :eek:
I have try to disconnect power supply / CMOS / Battery, still nothing.
The only way to have some beep is by removing ram. As expected, i got the 1-3-3-1 sequence.

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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#18 Post by CASPER » Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:13 am

Doesn't W530 require low voltage modules (DDR3L)? If it does and you put in standard voltage module it should not work I guess.

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Re: [W530] Blank screen & four beeps

#19 Post by jdk » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:44 pm

Was the problem identified as faulty/incorrect memory?

I have a W530 that exhibits these symptoms, but only once in a blue moon. After a few attempts it will boot properly and without issue. This machine was an eBay purchase and already maxed out at 32GB, which leads me to believe that the reseller may have mixed and matched RAM.
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