07-07-2015 12:23 PM
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No system update before the problem surfaced. I first saw the issue a few weeks ago - had to press the power button twice to get it started. Next time it took more attempts before it would boot, then more - the problem basically escalated until it reached the point where it is now.
Power button feels fine, but I'll take a closer look. It's really built into the keyboard so it's hard to check it. Maybe a little electronics cleaner sprayed in the gap between the button and the keyboard bezel wouldn't hurt?
I did try the discharge trick - didn't seem to be the fix. Sometimes it would start, but it really felt like it wasn't linked directly to the discharge trick as it didn't work every time.
I've tried a lot of things like removing the drives, swapping memory, discharge trick, etc. but none of them allow me to consistently start every time, so it feels like there's a variable I haven't tried that's the real underlying problem - this is sort of what led me to suspect the system board. It's really just a guess though.
I'm not running the latest BIOS - I have G5ET98WW 2.58 and they're up to 2.62, but I didn't see anything that looked like it was relevant (mostly security updates), and I'm scared of trying to update the BIOS when startup is so flaky!
07-07-2015 04:37 PM
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07-07-2015 08:38 PM
First, see if it is a memory problem. Try to start with just 1 DIMM in the upper slot under the keyboard. If that doesn't work, try a different DIMM in the same slot.
07-08-2015 07:22 AM
Thanks richk, I did try one DIMM in the upper slot, also tried a brand new DIMM that I bought (hoping it was a memory issue) in the upper slot but it didn't work. Is there something special about the upper slot? I only tried it because I was trying to test every permutation of memory setup I could think of.
I ran the hardware scan in the Lenovo Solution Center and all of the tests passed (including motherboard & memory). Not sure how good that hardware scan is at actually picking up faults.
I found this list of FRUs for the W530:
I can't tell which system boards ('planars' in this list) would fit my machine. If it is a bad system board, anyone know how to decipher the decscriptions of the FRUs & determine which would fit my machine? I don't mind if it's a K1000m or K2000m board, either would be fine.
07-09-2015 01:23 PM - edited 07-09-2015 01:26 PM
The upper slot under the keyboard is slot 0 (the first slot). It is where you would put a DIMM if you had only 1. If you had 2, you would put the second into the upper slot in the rear (slot 1).
They will all fit. If you don't need AMT, TPM or RAID, they will all work. If you feed any of those features, you need a board with the feature(s) you want.