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W530 Suddenly Powers Down

2018-06-22, 20:29 PM

W530 suddenly powers down. I found that if I continously press on the area circled in the picture it will not power down. If I remove pressure it will power down within a few seconds. It will occasionall power on for less than 30 seconds then drop but if I press on the area circled, it will not power down.

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: W530 Suddenly Powers Down

2018-06-22, 20:31 PM
Same issue on battery or AC power.
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Re: W530 Suddenly Powers Down

2018-06-22, 23:48 PM

Make sure that you follow the relevant instructions in the HMM before attempting any of the following.

https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/t530_t530i_w530_hmm_en_0b48474_03.pdf

 

Your mark is on one of the memory modules.

If you haven't already done so, try just reseating the memory modules.

If that didn't/doesn't work, try removing the one circled.

I have also run into a situation in the past during an attempt to determine which memory module was bad, where (for some bizarre and unexplained reason) swapping two modules made a problem disappear, and swapping them back would make the problem reappear.

There are memory 4 slots in the W530. Two under the keyboard, and two on the underside. I would assume that IF your problem is a memory module problem, that it is one of the modules that are shown in your picture. However you may need to remove all memory and install one at a time. Bear in mind that it could be a slot (or other) problem instead of a memory module problem, so you may need to move a given module to other slots (if you keep testing in a given slot and the slot is the problem, you don't get anywhere).

W530 i7-3820QM K1000M 32Gb Ram
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Re: W530 Suddenly Powers Down

2018-06-23, 0:46 AM
Thank you for the reply,
I am running just 2 memory modules on the the other side. I can run 4 modules if I move the place I push on closer to the cpu socket. I am thinking that there is a bad solder joint somewhere. There are no errors logged, the computer just drops like a rock as if someone removed power. When it drops the system tries to power up a few time and is not successful unless I apply pressure around the area circled. Once pressure is applied the system runs normally until my finger gets tired.
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Re: W530 Suddenly Powers Down

2018-06-23, 1:55 AM

Ok, now I see that there is no MM in that/those slots.

If indeed the problem is a cold joint, you may be out of luck unless it just happens to be easily accessible (not likely). I would try the simple things first which would be to reseat whatever you can.

 

Also, pushing down on the MOBO obviously also affects things on the other side of the MOBO including possibly the MM connectors on the other side. IF it happens to be a solder joint on one of the MM connectors you may be able to isolate which one using only one MM and moving it from slot to slot as suggested previously.

 

Good Luck!

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Re: W530 Suddenly Powers Down

2018-06-23, 5:53 AM

I would first get a pressurized can of aerosol electronics cleaner and try to clean the contacts in the slots


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Re: W530 Suddenly Powers Down

2018-06-28, 13:38 PM
Thanks for the replies. I am pretty sure there is a intermittent connection in the power circuit. May be a cracked land or a intermittent fuse? If the PC has not been used for awhile it will power up for a short while then drop. When I try to power it back up again, the fan does not do its initial spin test and the power light just blinks once. Probably because the bad connection has heated up and opened up. When I push on the circuit board it will power up and continue to run as long as pressure is applied. Sounds like it's time for a new mainboard. I see prices of the board only is about the same as buying a whole refurbished unit.
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2018-06-28, 15:14 PM

I agree with your analysis


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Re: W530 Suddenly Powers Down

2018-11-21, 18:05 PM

Hi. 

 

Yes, it's good to state the clear point: mine was replaced the motherboard, fan totally cleaned and the thermal paste replaced.  Result: the same, it lasts seconds powerd on, start booting Windows 10 and crashes.  Tried booting with Ubuntu and Red Hat, the exact same problem.

 

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Re:W530 Suddenly Powers Down

2020-10-10, 16:15 PM

Update;

I bought a refurbed unit of the same model in Jan 2019 and it worked fine till yesterday. The refurbed unit started having the same issue. Both units failures started the same way, the PC was laying on its side, partial opened to balance itself with the cooling fan up so it would not overheat. I came back to use it and it was dead. Taking the unit apart and applying pressure to the same area on the mainboard the unit will power up. Maybe it is time for a different model of laptop? 

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