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General query about using parts from one Yoga in another

2018-10-18, 12:15 PM

Hello,

This is probably a very simplistic question to all you techies out there :-)

 

I have a Lenovo Yoga 700 14iSK, 3 years old and which has just stopped working due to a Motherboard issue.

 

I was looking online and was thinking it would be good if I could somehow buy a cheaper Yoga, say a 310 (Intel Celeron) with a lower spec and then use the existing SDD and RAM (CPU?) in it or, is the architecture going to be too tightly bound to the 310?

 

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Re: General query about using parts from one Yoga in another

2018-10-18, 13:20 PM

Welcome to the forum.

 

What you're asking is possible in principle, however, it may not work out in practice. For example:

 

1. RAM in many systems these days is soldered to the motherboard. If this is the case in either the Y700 or the Y310 then you're out of luck.

2. Even if you can physically move the RAM it must be of the same type and speed.

(The Y700 DDR3L RAM while the Y310 uses DDR4, so it won't work.)

 

3. You may be able to move the SSD providing it's the same physical type.

(Some Y700 models came with 2.5" SSDs. The Y310 has a drive bay for this type of drive. So if the Y310 has only a HDD in that bay you could upgrade it to an SSD from the Y700.)

 

Of course if the Y310 has a slower processor and only 4GB of RAM then even with an SSD it may not run as fast as the Y700 with a new motherboard. Perhaps replacing the motherboard on the Y700 with a second-hand motherboard from eBay, etc. would be a better option.


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Re: General query about using parts from one Yoga in another

2018-10-18, 16:05 PM

Thanks for the info Dorian.  I wasn't aware about modern systems having the RAM soldered to the board!

Replacing the motherboard is something I've just started to look into but it seems like it could be fraught with issues, or at least quite a bit of investigation, things like testing whether my existing CPU, battery etc are not at fault.  Still, this might besomething to look at - seems like there are motherboards for sale in the US but haven't seen one for sale in the UK as yet.

 

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Re: General query about using parts from one Yoga in another

2018-10-18, 17:36 PM

The CPU is also soldered to the motherboard.

 

The procedure to remove/replace the motherboard is in the YOGA 700-14ISK HMM

 

Another option may be to find a Y700 whose LCD panel is broken. You could then swap motherboards. Sometimes such systems sell on eBay for less than the motherboard alone.


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2018-10-19, 11:55 AM

Thanks Dorian, you've been very helpful.:smileyhappy:

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