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ThinkPad X-201 Laptop Fan Error - Which Replacement Fan?

2016-06-01, 15:37 PM

Apparently fan errors are a common thing...

 

I've read that it might be best to replace the fan in my Lenovo X-201 Thinkpad Laptop, as I've increasingly experienced the fan error at bootup.  I used to use an air duster can to get the fan moving and then press the power button to turn it on.  But now the fan error seems to be getting worse (more frequent), and the computer will shut down randomly (likely due to overheating from the fan not working properly).

 

I tried to update and change the BIOS settings for the fan (the option wasn't there in BIOS)

I tried lubricating the inner bar of the fan, after wiping out any dust (still not helping)

I've installed SpeedFan (to monitor temperature) and TPFanControl (to manually adjust the fan speed), both of which *do* help--once the computer is on (I still have to blow into the fan vent to get it going just prior to powering up).

 

Now, according to this post in the lenovo forums, I can get a replacement fan to install.  But while the person who answered the main question said that whether you get an LV or ULV depends on the processor, my processor doesn't seem to have the LV or ULV distinction anywhere I've looked.

 

My processor information is as follows:

Processor - Manufacturer: Genuine Intel
                      Cores: 2
                      Name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 540 @ 2.53GHz

 

Via wikipedia, I was able to find this information, which seems to align with what I have:

Model                    Core                                Clock Speed         Thermal Design Power
Core i5-540M      Arrandale (32 nm)        2.53 GHz                35 W

 

So given that information, which fan from this link (similar to what was posted in the first link in this message above, but not tablets), would be compatible with my computer?

 

And, since the fan only seems to have trouble starting up, but runs now that I have control with TPFanControl, could there be any other sort of problem going on that I haven't considered?

 

If there's any additional information needed to help narrow down the fan choice or other potential problems, please feel free to let me know.  Thank you!

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Re: ThinkPad X-201 Laptop Fan Error - Which Replacement Fan?

2016-06-01, 18:44 PM

It is hard to say with 100% cerainty without the exact model information for your laptop, but I believe that the fan assembly you need is FRU 60Y5422 linked below for the 540M NV proceesor, and not the UV or ULV version.    

 

 

Fan Assembly Discrete FRU 60Y5422 for Lenovo IBM Thinkpad X201 X201I

https://www.amazon.com/Assembly-Discrete-60Y5422-Lenovo-Thinkpad/dp/B009ZKYPUC?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

 

System service parts - ThinkPad X200, X200s, X200si, X201, X201i, X201s

https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/migr-70510#21

 

This manual might be helpful as well, as it lists the part numbers (FRU's) for the different models and CPU's

 

Hardware Maintenance Manual ThinkPad X200, X200s, X200si, X201, X201i, and X201s

http://thinkpads.com/support/hmm/hmm_pdf/x200_x200s_x200si_x201_x201i_x201s_hmm_en_43y6632_10.pdf

 

Good Luck 

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Re: ThinkPad X-201 Laptop Fan Error - Which Replacement Fan?

2016-06-01, 19:51 PM
I replace it one time, but successfully.
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Re: ThinkPad X-201 Laptop Fan Error - Which Replacement Fan?

2016-06-01, 18:45 PM

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Re: ThinkPad X-201 Laptop Fan Error - Which Replacement Fan?

2016-06-02, 5:57 AM

Could you post the MTM code from your X201? It's a 7 digit alphanumeric code that can be found at the bottom of the laptop. Please do not post the S/N here.

 

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Re: ThinkPad X-201 Laptop Fan Error - Which Replacement Fan?

2016-06-07, 11:30 AM
I hope this is the right number: 32492FU
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Re: ThinkPad X-201 Laptop Fan Error - Which Replacement Fan?

2016-06-07, 12:07 PM

As I suspected, the part number you need for your model number is indeed the NV Model fan FRU:60Y5422

 

Unfortunately it does not appear to be available directly from Lenovo, or from Lenovo Encompass parts, so you will have to locate one from other resellers such as the one below, but note that there and several other sources available if you search for "FRU:60Y5422 using Google etc.
 

nbparts® Original New Cpu Fan & Heatsink For IBM Lenovo Thinkpad X201 X201I FRU:60Y5422

http://www.amazon.com/Nbparts%C2%AE-Original-Heatsink-Lenovo-Thinkpad/dp/B017B7OG1S?ie=UTF8&keywords=60y5422&qid=1465300402&ref_=sr_1_4&sr=8-4

 

NOTE:  Be sure to buy some high quality heatsink compound such as Arctic Silver , clean off the old compound completely, and then appy to the same locations as before.   

 

Good Luck,

 

 

X201 Laptop (ThinkPad)  Information related to Parts and Accessories for Machine type: model 32492FU

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/ThinkPad-X-Series-laptops/ThinkPad-X201/3249/2FU?tabName=productparts&beta=false

 

Image of part number/FRU:60Y5422 

http://support.lenovo.com/~/FileStreamer?File=/Images/Parts/60Y5422/11.jpg

 

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