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      System board, fan, and base cover assembly removal and installation - ThinkPad X301

      Important notices for handling the system board:

      When handling the system board, bear the following in mind.

      • The system board has an accelerometer, which can be broken by applying several thousands of G-forces.
        Note: Dropping a system board from a height of as little as 6 inches so that it falls flat on a hard bench can subject the accelerometer to as much as 6,000 G's of shock.
      • Be careful not to drop the system board on a bench top that has a hard surface, such as metal, wood, or composite.
      • If a system board is dropped, you must test it, using PC-Doctor for DOS, to make sure that the HDD Active Protection still functions (see below).
        Note: If the test shows that HDD Active Protection is not functioning, be sure to document the drop in any reject report, and replace the system board.
      • Avoid rough handling of any kind.
      • At every point in the process, be sure not to drop or stack the system board.
      • If you put a system board down, be sure to put it only on a padded surface such as an ESD mat or conductive corrugated material.

      After replacing the system board, run PC-Doctor for DOS to make sure that HDD Active Protection still functions. The procedure is as follows:

      1. Place the computer on a horizontal surface.
      2. Run Diagnostics --> ThinkPad Devices --> HDD Active Protection Test.
        Attention: Do not apply physical shock to the computer while the test is running.

      For access, remove these FRUs, in order:

      System board, fan, and base cover assembly removal

      Following components soldered on the system board are extremely sensitive. When you service the system board, avoid any kind of rough handling.

      [a]Accelerometer chip for the HDD Active Protection System™
      [b]ICH (I/O Controller Hub)
      [c]GMCH (Integrated video chip)

      Locations of components soldered on X301 system board

      Please perform the following steps as shown in the pictures below.

      System board, fan, and base cover assembly removal step 1 and 2
      System board, fan, and base cover assembly removal step 1 and 2 screw description

      In step [3], remove the system board and fan assembly together from the base cover assembly.

      System board, fan, and base cover assembly removal step 3

      System board, fan, and base cover assembly removal step 4
      System board, fan, and base cover assembly removal step 4 screw description

      Turn the system board over, and then disconnect the fan assembly from the system board.

      System board, fan, and base cover assembly removal step 5 and 6


      System board, fan, and base cover assembly installation

      When installing: Make sure that the fan connector is attached to the system board firmly.

      When installing: Before you attach the fan assembly to the computer, apply thermal grease, at an amount of 0.2 grams, on the part marked [a] as in the following figure. Either too much or too less application of grease can cause a thermal problem due to imperfect contact with a component.

      Fan assembly installation


      Note: Applying labels to the base cover

      The new base cover FRU is shipped with a kit containing labels of several kinds.
      When you replace the base cover, you need to apply the following labels:

      [11]Homologation label
      [13]Product label

      Following labels need to be peeled off from the old base cover, and need to be put on the new base cover.

      [1]SIM ICC ID label or Israel label
      [2]Israel label (SIM model)
      [3]SIRM label
      [4]LMA label
      [5]Blind sheet R
      [6]Wireless WAN IMEI label or wireless WAN ESN label
      [7]MAC address label
      [8]Windows license label (COA)
      [9]Information label
      [10]Wireless LAN MAC address label
      [12]Serial number label

      For some models, you also need to apply one or two FCC labels. Check the old base cover; if it has one or two FCC labels, find duplicates of them in the label kit and apply them to the new base cover.

      For the location of each label, refer the following figure:

      Location of base cover labels for X301

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      • Alias ID: MIGR-71388
      • Document ID: PD001164
      • Last Updated :17 Jun 2014
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