Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop
Lenovo is a Chinese multinational technology company that designs, develops, manufactures, and sells personal computers, tablets, smartphones, servers, electronic storage devices, smart televisions, and more. It was founded in 1984 in Beijing, China by a group of Chinese engineers, and was initially called Legend. In 2005, the company acquired IBM’s personal computer business and became the world’s third-largest personal computer manufacturer.
Lenovo operates in more than 60 countries and has a workforce of over 60,000 employees. Its headquarters are in Beijing, China, and Morrisville, North Carolina, USA. Lenovo is known for its ThinkPad and IdeaPad lines of laptops, as well as its Yoga series of 2-in-1 laptops and tablets.
- Before using this information and the product it supports, be sure to read the general information under “Notices” on page 101.
- This manual applies to the following models: Lenovo Y40-70/Y40-80/Y50-70/Y50-80/Y50-70 Touch/Y50-70 Touch. The illustrations used in this manual are for Lenovo Y50-70 Touch unless otherwise stated.
Handling devices that are sensitive to electrostatic discharge
Any computer part containing transistors or integrated circuits (ICs) should be considered sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). ESD damage can occur when there is a difference in charge between objects. Protect against ESD damage by equalizing the charge so that the machine, the part, the work mat, and the person handling the part are all at the same charge.
- Use product-specific ESD procedures when they exceed the requirements noted here.
- Make sure that the ESD protective devices you use have been certified (ISO 9000) as fully effective.
When handling ESD-sensitive parts:
- Keep the parts in protective packages until they are inserted into the product.
- Avoid contact with other people.
- Wear a grounded wrist strap against your skin to eliminate static on your body.
- Prevent the part from touching your clothing. Most clothing is insulative and retains a charge even when you are wearing a wrist strap.
- Use the black side of a grounded work mat to provide a static-free work surface. The mat is especially useful when handling ESD-sensitive devices.
- Select a grounding system, such as those listed below, to provide protection that meets the specific service requirement.
The use of a grounding system to guard against ESD damage is desirable but not necessary.
- Attach the ESD ground clip to any frame ground, ground braid, or green-wire ground.
- When working on a double-insulated or battery-operated system, use an ESD common ground or reference point. You can use coax or connector-outside shells on these systems.
- Use the round ground prong of the ac plug on ac-operated computers.
Electrical grounding of the computer is required for operator safety and correct system function. Proper grounding of the electrical outlet can be verified by a certified electrician.
Laser compliance statement
Some models of Lenovo computers are equipped from the factory with an optical storage device such as a CD-ROM drive or a DVD-ROM drive. Such devices are also sold separately as options. If one of these drives is installed, it is certified in the U.S. to conform to the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services 21 Code of Federal Regulations (DHHS 21 CFR) Subchapter J for Class 1 laser products.
Elsewhere, the drive is certified to conform to the requirements of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 825 and CENELEC EN 60 825 for Class 1 laser products. If a CD-ROM drive, a DVD-ROM drive, or another laser device is installed, note the following:
Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein might result in hazardous radiation exposure.
Opening the CD-ROM drive, the DVD-ROM drive, or any other optical storage device could result in exposure to hazardous laser radiation. There are no serviceable parts inside those drives. Do not open. A CD-ROM drive, a DVD-ROM drive, or any other storage device installed may contain an embedded Class 3A or Class 3B laser diode. Note the following:
Emits visible and invisible laser radiation when open. Do not stare into the beam, do not view directly with optical instruments, and avoid direct exposure to the beam.
Important service information
This chapter presents the following important service information:
- “Strategy for replacing FRUs” on page 16
- “Strategy for replacing a hard disk drive” on page 17
- “Important notice for replacing a system board” on page 17
- “Important information about replacing RoHS compliant FRUs” on page 18 Important:
BIOS and device driver fixes are customer-installable. The BIOS and device drivers are posted on the customer support site:
Strategy for replacing FRUs
Before replacing parts:
Make sure that all software fixes, drivers, and BIOS downloads are installed before replacing any FRUs listed in this manual.
After a system board is replaced, ensure that the latest BIOS is loaded to the system board before completing the service action.
To download software fixes, drivers, and BIOS, follow the steps below:
- Go to http://support.lenovo.com.
- Enter the serial number or select a product or use Lenovo smart downloading.
- Select the BIOS/Driver/Applications and download.
- Follow the directions on the screen and install the necessary software.
Use the following strategy to prevent unnecessary expenses for replacing and servicing FRUs:
- If you are instructed to replace an FRU, but the replacement does not solve the problem, reinstall the original FRU before you continue.
- Some computers have both a processor board and a system board. If you are instructed to replace either of them, and replacing one of them does not solve the problem, reinstall that board, and then replace the other one.
- If an adapter or a device consists of more than one FRU, any of the FRUs may be the cause of the error. Before replacing the adapter or device, remove the FRUs one by one to see if the symptoms change. Replace only the FRU that changed the symptoms.
Attention: The setup configuration on the computer you are servicing may have been customized. Running Automatic Configuration may alter the settings. Note the current configuration settings (using the View Configuration option); then, when the service has been completed, verify that those settings remain in effect.
Strategy for replacing a hard disk drive
Always try to run a low-level format before replacing a hard disk drive. This will cause all customer data on the hard disk to be lost. Make sure that the customer has a current backup of the data before performing this action.
The drive startup sequence in the computer you are servicing may have been changed. Be extremely careful during writing operations such as copying, saving, or formatting. If you select an incorrect drive, data or programs can be overwritten.
Important notice for replacing a system board
Some components mounted on a system board are very sensitive. Improper handling can cause damage to those components and may cause a system malfunction.
When handling a system board:
- Do not drop the system board or apply any excessive force to it.
- Avoid rough handling of any kind.
- Avoid bending the system board and hard pushing to prevent cracking at each BGA (Ball Grid Array) chipset.
This chapter presents the following information:
- “What to do first” on page 20
- “Power system checkout” on page 21
Before you go to the checkout, make sure to read the following important notes:
- Only certified trained personnel can service the computer.
- Before replacing any FRU, read the entire page on removing and replacing FRUs.
- Carefully remove screws for reuse when replacing FRUs.
- Be extremely careful during such writing operations as copying, saving, or formatting. The drives in the computer that you are servicing sequence might have been altered. If you select an incorrect drive, data or programs might be overwritten.
- Replace an FRU only with another FRU of the correct model. When you replace an FRU, make sure that the machine model and the FRU part number are correct by referring to the FRU parts list.
- An FRU should not be replaced just because of a single, unreproducible failure. Single failures can occur for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with a hardware defect, such as cosmic radiation, electrostatic discharge, or software errors. Consider replacing an FRU only when a problem recurs. If you suspect that an FRU is defective, clear the error logs and run the test again. If the error does not recur, do not replace the FRU.
- Be careful not to replace a nondefective FRU.
What to do first
When you do return an FRU, you must include the following information in the parts exchange form or parts return form that you attach to it:
- Name and phone number of servicer
- Date of service
- The date on which the machine failed
- Date of purchase
- Procedure index and page number in which the failing FRU was detected
- Failing FRU name and part number
- Machine type, model number, and serial number
- Customer’s name and address
Note for warranty
During the warranty period, the customer may be responsible for repair costs if the computer damage was caused by misuse, accident, modification, unsuitable physical or operating environment, or improper maintenance by the customer.
The following is a list of some common items that are not covered under warranty and some symptoms that might indicate that the system was subjected to stress beyond normal use.
Before checking problems with the computer, determine whether the damage is covered under the warranty by referring to the following list:
The following are not covered under the warranty
- LCD panel cracked from the application of excessive force or from being dropped
- Scratched (cosmetic) parts
- Distortion, deformation, or discoloration of the cosmetic parts
- Plastic parts, latches, pins, or connectors that have been cracked or broken by excessive force
- Damage caused by liquid spilled into the system
- Damage caused by the improper insertion of a PC Card or the installation of an incompatible card
- Improper disk insertion or use of an optical drive
- Diskette drive damage caused by pressure on the diskette drive cover, foreign material in the drive, or the insertion of a diskette with multiple labels
- Damaged or bent diskette eject button
- Fuses have blown by attachment of a nonsupported device
- Forgotten computer password (making the computer unusable)
- Sticky keys caused by spilling a liquid onto the keyboard
- Use of an incorrect AC adapter on laptop products
The following symptoms might indicate damage caused by non-warranted activities:
- Missing parts might be a symptom of unauthorized service or modification.
- If the spindle of a hard disk drive becomes noisy, it may have been subjected to excessive force or dropped.
Power system checkout
To verify a symptom, follow the steps below:
- Turn off the computer.
- Remove the battery pack.
- Connect the AC adapter.
- Make sure that power is supplied when you turn on the computer.
- Turn off the computer.
- Disconnect the AC adapter and install the charged battery pack.
- Make sure that the battery pack supplies power when you turn on the computer.
If you suspect a power problem, see the appropriate one of the following power supply checkouts:
- “Checking the AC adapter” on page 21
- “Checking operational charging” on page 21
- “Checking the battery pack” on page 22
Checking the AC adapter
You are here because the computer fails only when the AC adapter is used.
- If the power-on indicator does not turn on, check the power cord of the AC adapter for correct continuity and installation.
- If the computer does not charge during operation, go to “Checking operational charging”.
To check the AC adapter, follow the steps below:
- Unplug the AC adapter cable from the computer.
- Measure the output voltage at the plug of the AC adapter cable. See the following figure:
Note: The output voltage for the AC adapter pin No. 2 may differ from the one you are servicing.
- If the voltage is not correct, replace the AC adapter.
- If the voltage is acceptable, do the following:
- Replace the system board.
- If the problem persists, go to “Lenovo Y40-70/Y40-80/Y50-70/Y50-80/Y50-70 Touch/ Y50-80 Touch” on page 26.
Note: Noise from the AC adapter does not always indicate a defect.
Checking operational charging
To check whether the battery charges properly during operation, use a discharged battery pack or a battery pack that has less than 50% of the total power remaining when installed in the computer.
Perform operational charging. If the battery status indicator or icon does not light on, remove the battery pack and let it return to room temperature. Reinstall the battery pack. If the charge indicator or icon is still off, replace the battery pack. If the charge indicator still does not light on, replace the system board. Then reinstall the battery pack. If it is still not charged, go to the next section.
Checking the battery pack
Battery charging does not start until the Power Meter shows that less than 95% of the total power remains; under this condition, the battery pack can charge to 100% of its capacity. This protects the battery pack from being overcharged or from having a shortened life. To check your battery, move your cursor to the Power Meter icon in the icon tray of the Windows® taskbar and wait for a moment (but do not click it), and the percentage of battery power remaining is displayed. To get detailed information about the battery, double-click the Power Meter icon.
Note: If the battery pack becomes hot, it may not be able to be charged. Remove it from the computer and leave it at room temperature for a while. After it cools down, reinstall and recharge it.
Related service information
This chapter presents the following information:
- “Restoring the factory contents by using OneKey Recovery” on page 23
- “Passwords” on page 24
- “Power management” on page 25
Restoring the factory contents by using OneKey Recovery
Restore of factory default
The Lenovo Y40-70/Y40-80/Y50-70/Y50-80/Y50-70 Touch/Y50-80 Touch computers come with a pre-installed OneKey Recovery System. In order to save application files and the initial backed-up files of the system, the hard disk in a Lenovo computer includes a hidden partition when it is shipped. If you need to restore the system to the point of your first boot-up, just enter Lenovo OneKey Recovery System and run System Recovery.
For details on the OneKey Recovery System, see the User Guide for Lenovo OneKey Recovery System.
This will delete all the new data on the system partition (C drive), which is not recoverable. Make sure to back up your critical data before you perform this action.
FAQs About Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop
Q: What are the specifications of the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop?
A: The Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop features a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card.
Q: Can I upgrade the RAM and hard drive on the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop?
A: Yes, you can upgrade the RAM and hard drive on the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop. The laptop supports up to 16GB of RAM and you can replace the 1TB hard drive with an SSD.
Q: What is the battery life of the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop?
A: The battery life of the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop is around 4 hours, depending on usage.
Q: Does the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop have a backlit keyboard?
A: Yes, the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop has a backlit keyboard.
Q: What is the weight of the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop?
A: The weight of the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop is around 5.3 pounds.
Q: Does the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop have a touchscreen display?
A: No, the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop does not have a touchscreen display.
Q: What ports does the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop have?
A: The Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop has an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, a headphone/microphone combo jack, and a 4-in-1 card reader.
Q: Does the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop come with a DVD drive?
A: Yes, the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop comes with a DVD drive.
Q: What operating system does the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop run on?
A: The Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop runs on Windows 8.1, but it can be upgraded to Windows 10.
Q: Is the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop good for gaming?
A: Yes, the Lenovo Y50-70 IdeaPad Laptop is good for gaming. It has a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, which can handle most games at medium to high settings.
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