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jimpass
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Message 31 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

1. The fingerprint reader has a driver just like other devices.
2. I just cloned Windows 7 and installed on the new SSD drive. I tried
Windows 8, I didn't need to clone it as you can still get an install image
for Windows 8 and not Windows 7. But I had an issue with a driver or two
and I wasn't in love with Windows 8 so I just cloned Windows 7.
3. I did not use any M.2 connector. I just cloned to a backup USB drive
and created a recovery DVD and then switched to the SSD drive installed Win
7.
4. My understanding is that there is not an issue with warranties. If
there is, I'll stick the original drive back in and get the warranty
applied.

With the new SSD and additional memory the machine is very fast.

GatsbyGlen
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Message 32 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Not much else to add. Laptop came with Win 7, and I did a fresh install of Windows 8.1 on a new SSD. No M.2 connector. 

 

I also removed the CD/DVD and put in a second SDD.

Claud
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Message 33 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Thank you guys! Very helpfull information. I really appreciate your replies.

Three last things:
- Would go for a Samsung 850 Pro or a Intel s2500? Which SSD did you install?
- Would you advise me a kit to instal an additional HDD in the DVD bay?
- Would you advise me an external USB box to place the DVD writer that comes with the laptop?

Have a nice day.

 

Regards,

Claudio 

jimpass
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Message 34 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

1. I went with a Crucial SSD drive. from what I read it was pretty good.
Intel has always been considered one of the best.
2. I didn't need an additional drive, so I left the DVD reader in. If an
external drive fits your needs then go with a USB drive. If you need
another 512 internal then get the Lenovo utility for that and replace the
DVD.
3. If you need DVD all the time while your second SSD is still running
internal, then get the USB external box.

All of this is just my opinion. Good luck.

GatsbyGlen
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Message 35 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

I went with the Samsung 850 Pro and purchased the bay adapter for the laptop. I don't see me ever needing to use the DVD drive.

Anonymous_User
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Message 36 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Is the CPU and GPU removable for upgrade?

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Message 37 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM


@Anonymous_User wrote:

Is the CPU and GPU removable for upgrade?


Good day.

CPU = socketed

GPU = soldered

 

Please see page 11 of the FRU BOM: http://download.lenovo.com/parts/ThinkPad/w541_frubom_20150202.pdf

for a CPU parts list.

 

Hope this helps.

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Anonymous_User
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Message 38 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Hello, Thanks for the info.

 

As you said the CPU and GPU are socketed, then they are removable.

But for the pdf you quoted, I don't really get it.. would you clearify a bit? What does "N" "2" and "1" refer to?

 

Thanks

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Message 39 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Good day.

 

Please review my post again.

The GPU is soldered to the system board, not socketed, therefore it is not removable.

 

The value in the CRU ID column denotes whether a part is considered a Customer Replaceable Unit.

N = no, 1 = self-service CRU, and 2 = optional-service CRU.

A part that is listed with an N is considered a Field Replaceable Unit, FRU for short.

FRU service is generally meant for service technicians.

 

Edit to add: You may find the hardware manual useful:

http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/t540p_w540_w541_hmm_en_sp40a26003_02.pdf

Page 47 shows a nice explanation of FRU and the two types of CRU.

Pages 90-91 show removal and installation of the CPU.

 

Does this help?

Regards.


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Anonymous_User
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Message 40 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Microprocessor = CPU?

 

And "FRU service is generally meant for service technicians" means I cannot replace myself and need to send back to Lenovo for upgrade?

 

The informations you provided is useful, thanks

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