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Fan Error on W510

2015-06-06, 4:10 AM

A friend has a Lenovo W510 that is giving him a fan error when he boots it up. He took it to Best Buy (first mistake) and they couldn't diagnose it, but sent it off for him. Whomever they sent it to claimed the motherboard was bad. After getting it back he asked me to look at it. Doing a Google search it looks like the fans failing on these is very common. That was my initial thought. I took the keyboard out to see if I could blow some dust in there to get it to work temporarily. After cleaning it out, it still didn't work. What I noticed though is that as soon as I hit the power button the fan spins up fine and spins for a second or two and then stops. Then the error pops up. Since the fan will spin up, I'm thinking it's probably not bad and definately not seized. Does this sound like a motherboard issue, or is something else going on here? Is there a way to bypass this fan error screen? I've read to hold escape, but that doesn't seem to matter. Thanks guys. 

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Re: Fan Error on W510

2015-06-06, 5:13 AM

It spins up for 0.5 seconds to test the speed.  If it is too slow, it means the grease has dried up, and you get the "fan error" msg.  You need a fan, which is fairly cheap.


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Re: Fan Error on W510

2015-07-29, 16:52 PM

Thnx richk,

I have this problem. I cleaned it well yesterday, and started successfully once, then no joy on subsequent start ups. I'm limping along by putting a small vac to the outlet grill at startup.

I'm wondering if just buying the fan, is smart. (Waiting for delivery from Hong Kong, or high price is not appealing.) It looks like they are more of an "in stock" item, than the fan w sink.

Is reuse of the existing heat sync is smart? With that approach, do I get into repasting to the CPU, etc?

Thnx,

Denis

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Re: Fan Error on W510

2015-07-29, 16:59 PM
You need to clean off the old paste and apply new paste regardless. The easiest (and most expensive) is to buy a new fan that is pre-pasted during assembly. (small dots that provide good coverage) You still need to clean off the old paste from the CPU. I suggest using denatured alcohol.

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Re:Fan Error on W510

2020-08-22, 6:08 AM

This error isn’t always resolved by replacing the cpu fan. In some cases it’s the motherboard that’s fried.

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