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T510 and w510 - mother boards interchangeable ?

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I've a dying t520 - mine
A d a dead - w510 - inherited, doesn't power up at all

I might do surgery on both over the Xmas and get one working

Are the parts interchangeable ?
Particularly the processor and mother boards

They look similar

Also any schematics on how to remove mother boards?

Not how I planned to spend as but anyway
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by:John Hurst
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They share the same chassis from what I can see. It might be worth a try. I would inspect the boards very carefully for differences as Lenovo does not always make interchangeable boards in different models.
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I've nothing to loose.

At best I will be up a laptop
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by:Michael-Best
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W510 & T510 use the same chassis.
Does that mean that mobos are interchangeable.
W510 have 4 ram slots whether you have the quad core CPU or not.
T510 have 2 ram slots

The quad core CPU will not work in the T510

The surgery will depend on which way you swap parts.
Sounds like a challenge.

Good Luck.
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ram is the same
cpu as said N/C
w510 uses disk encryption
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Do they have the same or comparable video card ?

I'm thinking of swapping them
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Try the board because you can always apply the correct video driver.
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This is more than a driver problem.

Without the hard drive there is no video 95% of the time

Oddly if I take a hot hair dryer to the mobo it sometimes starts
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That means a cold solder joint or fracture from a trace as a likely cause.
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Mmm so if you are right there is a mobo issue
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you can try defining in what location the heating helps - or by applying a bit of pressure on it
then try the video reflowing method as discussed here :  http://www.engadget.com/2006/03/07/how-to-make-a-surface-mount-soldering-iron/
here  a youtube on a video reflow :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7uWX9KK6es

** i've done it 5-6 times, and more than 50 % of the repairs were permanent ok
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@feck1  - Thanks and I was happy to help.
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