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    ThinkCentre M53 User Guide Machine Types: 10DB, 10DC, 10DD, 10DE, 10DV, 10DW, 10DX, 10DY, 10EC, 10ED, 10ER, and 10ES...

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    Important safety information” on page v and Appendix F “Notices” on page 131. Second Edition (December 2014) © Copyright Lenovo 2014. LIMITED AND RESTRICTED RIGHTS NOTICE: If data or software is delivered pursuant a General Services Administration “GSA” contract, use, reproduction, or disclosure is subject to restrictions set forth in Contract No. GS-35F-05925.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    8.1 operating system ..Viewing and changing settings ..An introduction to Lenovo programs ..Using BIOS passwords ..

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    Safety and Warranty... Reinstalling programs and device drivers . . Lenovo Web site ... . Solving recovery problems ..

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    Index....Battery recycling information for Taiwan ..Battery recycling information for the European Union ....© Copyright Lenovo 2014...

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  • Page 7: Service And Upgrades

    ® Format (PDF) version from the Lenovo Support Web site at http://www.lenovo.com/UserManuals. The Lenovo Support Web site also provides the Safety, Warranty, and Setup Guide and this User Guide in additional languages. Service and upgrades Do not attempt to service a product yourself unless instructed to do so by the Customer Support Center or your documentation.

  • Page 8: Static Electricity Prevention, Power Cords And Power Adapters, Extension Cords And Related Devices

    Extension cords and related devices Ensure that extension cords, surge protectors, uninterruptible power supplies, and power strips that you use are rated to handle the electrical requirements of the product. Never overload these devices. If power strips ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 9: Plugs And Outlets, External Devices, Heat And Product Ventilation

    If you notice external dust accumulation, then examine and remove dust from the inside of the computer including heat sink inlet fins, power supply vents, and fans. Always turn off and unplug the computer before opening the cover. If possible, avoid operating © Copyright Lenovo 2014...

  • Page 10: Operating Environment, Laser Compliance Statement

    • Do not remove the covers. Removing the covers of the laser product could result in exposure to hazardous laser radiation. There are no serviceable parts inside the device. • Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein might result in hazardous radiation exposure. viii ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 11: Power Supply Statement, Cleaning And Maintenance

    Do not spray any liquid detergent directly on the computer or use any detergent containing flammable material to clean the computer. Spray the detergent on a soft cloth and then wipe the computer surfaces. © Copyright Lenovo 2014...

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  • Page 13: Chapter 1. Product Overview

    • Locations of parts on the system board • Locations of internal drives • Computer features • Software programs provided by Lenovo Locations This section provides the following topics: • “Locating connectors, controls, and indicators on the front of your computer” on page 2 •...

  • Page 14: Locating Connectors, Controls, And Indicators On The Front Of Your Computer

    The following illustration shows the locations of the connectors, controls, and indicators on the front of your computer. Figure 1. Front connector, control, and indicator locations Power button Bluetooth activity indicator Wireless activity indicator Hard disk drive activity indicator Power indicator USB 2.0 connector Microphone connector Headset connector Always-on USB 3.0 connector ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 15: Locating Connectors On The Rear Of Your Computer

    Locating connectors on the rear of your computer The following illustration shows the locations of the connectors on the rear of your computer. Some connectors on the rear of your computer are color-coded to help you determine where to connect the cables on your computer.

  • Page 16: Locating Components

    Used to attach a VGA monitor or other devices that use a Video Graphics Array (VGA) connector. Locating components The following illustration shows the locations of the various components in your computer. To remove the computer cover, see “Removing the computer cover” on page 89. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

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    Figure 3. Component locations External optical drive (some models) External hard disk drive (some models) ® VESA mount bracket (some models) Computer cover ac power adapter bracket (some models) ac power adapter Microprocessor fan Heat sink Memory module Cover presence switch (intrusion switch) (some models) Internal speaker Front Wi-Fi antenna (some models) Power button board...

  • Page 18: Locating Parts On The System Board

    Memory slot connector) Internal speaker connector Power button board cable connector Coin-cell battery Mini PCI Express card slot SATA 2.0 connector Hard disk drive power connector Serial (COM) connector Optional USB 2.0 connector Microprocessor fan connector ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 19: Locating The Machine Type And Model Label

    Locating the machine type and model label The machine type and model label identifies your computer. When you contact Lenovo for help, the machine type and model information helps support technicians to identify your computer and provide faster service. The machine type and model label is attached on the side of your computer as shown.

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    • Optional connector • USB connectors For more information, see “Locating connectors, controls, and indicators on the front of your computer” on page 2 and “Locating connectors on the rear of your computer” on page 3. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

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    Expansion • External optical drive box (available on some models) • Hard disk drive bay • Memory slot • Mini PCI Express card slot Power supply Your computer comes with a 65-watt ac power adapter. Wireless features Depending on your computer model, the following wireless features might be supported: •...

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    The operating system(s) listed here are being certified or tested for compatibility at the time this publication goes to press. Additional operating systems might be identified by Lenovo as compatible with your computer following the publication of this manual. This list is subject to change. To determine if an operating system has been certified or tested for compatibility, check the Web site of the operating system provider.

  • Page 23: Specifications

    Control Panel. The icon name displayed in the search result or Control Panel might be different from the program name. You can find the program by its program name or icon name as shown in the Lenovo programs available on the Windows 7 operating system table.

  • Page 24: Accessing Lenovo Programs On The Windows 8.1 Operating System

    Note: Some Lenovo programs might not be displayed in Control Panel. To find these programs, use Windows Search. 1. Click Start ➙ Control Panel. Change the view of Control Panel from Category to Large icons or Small icons. 2. Locate the program by the icon name and then click the program to launch it.

  • Page 25: An Introduction To Lenovo Programs

    As a result, you can access, edit, and share your files from anywhere. With Lenovo Reach, you also can add your favorite Web services to your cloud desktop and stay logged-in to Web sites with the cloud password manager.

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    • Lenovo Tools (Windows 8.1) The Lenovo Tools program guides you to a host of information sources and provides easy access to various tools to help you work more easily and securely. • Password Manager (Windows 7 and Windows 8.1) The Password Manager program automatically captures and fills in authentication information for Windows programs and Web sites.

  • Page 27: Chapter 2. Using Your Computer

    When you register your computer with Lenovo, you enter required information into a Lenovo database. The information enables Lenovo to contact you when there is a recall or other severe problem and provide quicker service when you call Lenovo for help. In addition, some locations offer extended privileges and services to registered users.

  • Page 28: Using The Wheel Mouse

    Wake on LAN-enabled and there is remote network management software, you can use the Wake on LAN feature. When you set Wake on LAN to Enabled, the computer will turn on when it receives a specific signal from another computer on the local area network (LAN). ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 29: Setting The Computer Volume

    To enable the Wake on LAN function or the Wake Up on Alarm function on the Windows 8.1 operating system, do the following: 1. Open Control Panel. 2. Click Hardware and Sound ➙ Power Options. 3. In the left panel, click Choose what the power button does. 4.

  • Page 30: Using A Disc

    • Do not scratch or mark the disc. • Do not place or store the disc in direct sunlight. • Do not use benzene, thinners, or other cleaners to clean the disc. • Do not drop or bend the disc. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 31: Playing And Removing A Disc

    If your computer is installed with a recordable optical drive, you can use the drive to record a disc. To record a disc, do the following: • On the Windows 7 operating system, use either the Corel DVD MovieFactory Lenovo Edition program or the Power2Go program installed on your computer.

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    – To navigate to the most recently accessed workspace (application, PC settings, or desktop), do one of the following: – Using a pointing device: Move the pointer to the extreme top-left corner of the screen until the Windows screen-control icon is displayed; then click the icon. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 33: Accessing Control Panel On The Windows 8.1 Operating System

    Chapter 8 “Recovery information” on page 61. Additionally, in case of a hard-disk-drive failure, you can order a recovery disc set from the Lenovo Customer Support Center. For information about contacting the Customer Support Center, see Chapter 10 “Getting information, help, and service”...

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    • To set the Start screen as your default startup screen, clear the When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start check box. 4. Click OK to save the new setting. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 35: Copyright Lenovo

    51–61 cm (20–24 inches). Then, position the monitor so that you can view it without twisting your body. Also, position other equipment you use regularly, such as the telephone or a mouse, within easy reach. © Copyright Lenovo 2014...

  • Page 36: Glare And Lighting

    For more information about power cords, see “Power cords and power adapters” on page vi. Accessibility information Lenovo is committed to providing people with disabilities greater access to information and technology. Some technologies are already provided in your operating system. Others can be purchased through vendors.

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    On-screen notification On-screen notification helps hearing-impaired people be aware of the status of their computer. On-screen notification replaces sounds with visual cues or text captions to indicate that activity is happening on the computer. As a result, system alerts are noticeable even when they are not heard. For example, when you select one object with your keyboard, the object is highlighted.

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    Screen resolution, and then adjust the settings as you prefer. Note: Setting too low of a resolution might prevent some items from fitting on the screen. For alternatives on increasing the size of text and other objects, see the following: ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

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    • “Customizable text size” on page 26 • “Magnifier” on page 26 • “Zoom” on page 26 Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that can help make your computer easier to use. Keyboard shortcut Function Windows logo key + U Open the Ease of Access Center Right Shift for eight seconds...

  • Page 40: Moving Your Computer To Another Country Or Region

    Then, you can type a message on your computer and send it to the telephone. Documentation in accessible formats Lenovo provides electronic documentation in accessible formats, such as properly tagged PDF files or HyperText Markup Language (HTML) files. Lenovo electronic documentation is developed to ensure that visually impaired users can read the documentation through a screen reader.

  • Page 41: Chapter 4. Security

    The cable lock also locks the buttons used to open the computer cover. This is the same type of lock used with many notebook computers. You can order such a cable lock directly from Lenovo by searching for Kensington at: http://www.lenovo.com/support Figure 6.

  • Page 42: Windows Passwords

    To open Fingerprint Manager Pro or ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software and use the fingerprint reader, do the following: • On the Windows 7 operating system, see “Accessing Lenovo programs on the Windows 7 operating system” on page 11. • On the Windows 8.1 operating system, see “Accessing Lenovo programs on the Windows 8.1 operating system”...

  • Page 43: Using And Understanding Firewalls

    Your computer is preinstalled with an antivirus program to help you guard against, detect, and eliminate viruses. Lenovo provides a full version of antivirus software on your computer with a free 30-day subscription. After 30 days, you must renew the license to continue receiving the antivirus software updates.

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  • Page 45: Chapter 5. Advanced Configuration

    Setup Utility program. See “Starting the Setup Utility program” on page 33. Then, follow the instructions on the screen. You can use either the keyboard or the mouse to navigate through menu choices. The keys used to perform various tasks are displayed at the bottom of each screen. © Copyright Lenovo 2014...

  • Page 46: Using Bios Passwords

    Setting, changing, and deleting a password To set, change, or delete a password, do the following: 1. Start the Setup Utility program. See “Starting the Setup Utility program” on page 33. 2. From the Setup Utility program main menu, select Security. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 47: Enabling Or Disabling A Device

    3. Depending on the password type, select Set Power-On Password, Set Administrator Password, or Hard Disk Password. 4. Follow the instructions on the right side of the screen to set, change, or delete a password. Note: A password can be any combination of up to 64 alphabetic and numeric characters. For more information, see “Password considerations”...

  • Page 48: Selecting A Startup Device

    38. Enabling ErP LPS compliance mode Lenovo computers meet the eco-design requirements of the ErP Lot 3 regulation. For more information, go http://www.lenovo.com/ecodeclaration You can enable ErP LPS compliance mode in the Setup Utility program to reduce the consumption of electricity when your computer is off or in sleep mode.

  • Page 49: Smart Performance Choices

    The wake up on alarm feature enables your computer to wake up at a set time. To enable the wake up on alarm feature, do the following: 1. Start the Setup Utility program. 2. From the Setup Utility program main menu, select Power ➙ Automatic Power On, and press Enter. 3.

  • Page 50: Ice Thermal Alert

    Setup Utility program. Updating or recovering the BIOS Lenovo might make changes and enhancements to the BIOS. When updates are released, they are available as downloadable files on the Lenovo Web site at http://www.lenovo.com/drivers. Instructions for using the BIOS updates are available in a TXT file that is included with the update files.

  • Page 51: Bios Levels

    Lenovo might make changes and enhancements to the POST and BIOS. When updates are released, they are available as downloadable files on the Lenovo Web site at http://www.lenovo.com. Instructions for using the POST and BIOS updates are available in a TXT file that is included with the update files.

  • Page 52: Updating The Bios From A Disc

    5. When prompted to change the machine type and model, it is suggested that you do not make this change by pressing N. However, if you do want to change the machine type and model, press Y, then type in the machine type and model and press Enter. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 53: Updating The Bios From Your Operating System

    Updating the BIOS from your operating system Lenovo makes constant improvements to its Web sites. The Web page contents are subject to change without notice, including the contents referenced in the following procedure. To update the BIOS from your operating system, do the following: 1.

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  • Page 55: Chapter 6. Preventing Problems

    This section explains how to get the latest updates for your computer. Getting the latest device drivers for your computer Note: Lenovo makes constant improvements to its Web sites. The contents on the Web page are subject to change without notice, including the contents referenced in the following procedure.

  • Page 56: Using The System Update Program

    To open System Update, see “Accessing Lenovo programs on the Windows 7 operating system” on page 11 or “Accessing Lenovo programs on the Windows 8.1 operating system” on page 12. If System Update is not currently installed on your computer, you can download it from the Lenovo Support Web site at: http://www.lenovo.com/support...

  • Page 57: Good Maintenance Practices

    1. Apply some isopropyl rubbing alcohol to a soft, dust-free cloth. 2. Wipe each keytop surface with the cloth. Wipe the keys one by one; if you wipe several keys at a time, the cloth may hook onto an adjacent key and possibly damage it. Ensure that no liquid drips onto or between the keys.

  • Page 58: Moving Your Computer

    The cause of a problem might be change in hardware, change in software, or any other actions that might have taken place. A log book can help you or a Lenovo technician determines the cause of a problem. • Create Product Recovery discs. See “Creating and using recovery media” on page 61 for more information about using Product Recovery discs to restore the hard disk drive to the factory-default settings.

  • Page 59: Chapter 7. Troubleshooting And Diagnostics

    Note: If you cannot correct the problem, have the computer serviced. For a list of service and support telephone numbers, refer to the Safety, Warranty, and Setup Guide that comes with your computer or go to the Lenovo Support Web site at: http://www.lenovo.com/support/phone...

  • Page 60: Troubleshooting Procedure

    If this does not correct the problem, continue with the next step. 6. Run the diagnostic program. See “Lenovo Solution Center” on page 58 for more information. • If the diagnostic program detects a hardware failure or if you are unable to run the diagnostic program, contact the Lenovo Customer Support Center.

  • Page 61: Audio Problems

    1. Remove the new hardware option or software. If you must remove the computer cover to remove a hardware option, ensure that you review and follow the electrical safety information provided with your computer. For your safety, do not operate the computer with the cover removed. 2.

  • Page 62: Dvd Problems

    • Use the DVD menu for the video to select a different audio track. Playback is slow or choppy Solutions: • Disable any background programs, such as AntiVirus or Desktop Themes. • Ensure that video resolution is set to less than 1152 x 864 pixels. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 63: Intermittent Problems

    (one to five hard disk drives) or the LSI MegaRAID SAS adapter is installed. If these actions do not correct the problem, run the diagnostic program Lenovo Solution Center. See “Lenovo Solution Center” on page 58. If you need technical assistance, see Chapter 10 “Getting information, help, and service”...

  • Page 64: Problems With The Keyboard Or Mouse

    Refer to “Replacing the hard disk drive assembly” on page 100. If these actions do not correct the problem, run the diagnostic program Lenovo Solution Center. See “Lenovo Solution Center” on page 58.

  • Page 65: Monitor Problems

    • Enroll your fingerprint correctly. • Never scratch the surface of the reader with a hard, pointed object. • Never scrap the surface of the reader with your nail or anything hard. • Use or touch the reader with a clean finger. •...

  • Page 66: Networking Problems

    Solution: The network driver files might be corrupt or missing. Update the driver by referring to the “Solution” description for the previous problem to ensure that the latest device driver is installed. The Wake On LAN feature is not working Solution: Enable the Wake On LAN (WOL) feature in the BIOS program. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

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    • Check Network Name (SSID) and your password. – On Windows 7: 1. Click Start ➙ Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools ➙ Access Connections. 2. Switch to the Advanced view, and then click the Mobile Hotspot tab to check your SSID and password.

  • Page 68: But It Does Not Work

    3. Right-click your C drive entry and then click Properties. 4. Click Defragment now under the Tools tab to start a disk-defragmentation process. • On Windows 8.1: 1. Close any open programs and windows. 2. Open File Explorer. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 69: The Printer Does Not Work

    Solution: Install additional memory modules. For instructions on installing memory modules, see “Replacing the memory module” on page 95. To purchase memory modules, go to: http://www.lenovo.com The printer does not work Solutions: • If you are using IEEE-approved printer signal cables, do the following: 1.

  • Page 70: My Usb Connectors Cannot Be Accessed

    Windows operating system. Notes: 1. Your computer is preinstalled with the Lenovo Solution Center program for diagnostic purposes. For more information about the Lenovo Solution Center program, see “Lenovo Solution Center” on page 58. 2. If you are unable to isolate and repair the problem yourself after running the diagnostic program, save and print the log files created by the diagnostic program.

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    Note: If you cannot isolate and repair the problem yourself after running the program, save and print the log files. You will need the log files when you speak to a Lenovo technical support representative. For additional information, refer to the Lenovo Solution Center help system.

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  • Page 73: Chapter 8. Recovery Information

    Product Recovery program installed. If the Enhanced Backup and Restore icon in the Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools program is dimmed, it indicates that you must install the Rescue and Recovery program manually before enabling its features. To install the Rescue and Recovery program, do the following: 1.

  • Page 74: Performing Backup And Recovery Operations

    Note: On the Windows 7 operating system, you can create recovery media using discs or external USB storage devices. To create recovery media on the Windows 7 operating system, click Start ➙ All Programs ➙ Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools ➙ Factory Recovery Disks. Then, follow the instructions on the screen.

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    To perform a recovery operation using the Rescue and Recovery program on the Windows 7 operating system, do the following: 1. From the Windows desktop, click Start ➙ All Programs ➙ Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools ➙ Enhanced Backup and Restore. The Rescue and Recovery program opens.

  • Page 76: Creating And Using A Rescue Medium

    Creating a rescue medium To create a rescue medium on the Windows 7 operating system, do the following: 1. From the Windows desktop, click Start ➙ All Programs ➙ Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools ➙ Enhanced Backup and Restore. The Rescue and Recovery program opens.

  • Page 77: Reinstalling Preinstalled Programs And Device Drivers

    Reinstalling preinstalled programs and device drivers Your computer enables you to reinstall preinstalled programs and device drivers. Reinstalling preinstalled programs To reinstall programs preinstalled on your Lenovo computer, do the following: 1. Turn on the computer. 2. Go to C:\SWTOOLS.

  • Page 78: Solving Recovery Problems

    To reset your computer, do the following: 1. Move the pointer to the top-right or bottom-right corner of the screen to display the charms. Click Settings ➙ Change PC settings ➙ Update and recovery ➙ Recovery. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 79: Using The Advanced Startup Options

    2. In the Remove everything and reinstall Windows section, click Get started. Using the advanced startup options Advanced startup options enable you to change the startup settings of your Windows operating system, start the computer from an external device, or restore the Windows operating system from a system image. To use the advanced startup options, do the following: 1.

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  • Page 81: Hardware

    Therefore, the steps of installing some parts might be different from the steps in the chapter. For more information, refer to the user guide in the CD that comes with the monitor. • Use only computer parts provided by Lenovo. • When installing or replacing an option, use the appropriate instructions in this section along with the instructions that come with the option.

  • Page 82: Installing And Removing The Ac Power Adapter Bracket

    To remove the ac power adapter bracket, do the following: 1. Remove all media from the drives and turn off all attached devices and the computer. Then, disconnect all power cords from electrical outlets and disconnect all cables that are connected to the computer. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 83: Installing And Removing The Ac Power Adapter

    2. Pull the tab and then slide the ac power adapter bracket as shown to remove it from the VESA mount bracket. Figure 8. Removing the ac power adapter bracket 3. Remove the ac power adapter from the ac power adapter bracket. Installing and removing the ac power adapter Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the “Read this first: Important safety information”...

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    2. If the ac power adapter bracket is available, remove the ac power adapter bracket. See “Installing and removing the ac power adapter bracket” on page 70. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 85: Installing And Removing The Vertical Stand

    3. Remove the power cord from the ac power adapter cable loop at the rear of the computer and then disconnect the ac power adapter from the computer. Figure 10. Removing the ac power adapter Installing and removing the vertical stand Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the “Read this first: Important safety information”...

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    To remove the vertical stand, do the following: 1. Remove all media from the drives and turn off all attached devices and the computer. Then, disconnect all power cords from electrical outlets and disconnect all cables that are connected to the computer. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 87: Installing And Removing The Vesa Mount Bracket

    2. Lift the computer to remove it from the vertical stand. Figure 12. Removing the computer from the vertical stand Installing and removing the VESA mount bracket Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the “Read this first: Important safety information”...

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    2. If the ac power adapter bracket is available, remove the ac power adapter bracket. See “Installing and removing the ac power adapter bracket” on page 70. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 89: Installing Or Replacing The External Optical Drive

    3. Remove the two screws that secure the VESA mount bracket to the computer. Figure 15. Removing the screws that secure the VESA mount bracket 4. Slide the computer from the front of the VESA mount bracket to remove the VESA mount bracket from the computer.

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    3. Remove the screw that secures the external optical drive box on the VESA mount bracket and then slide the external optical drive box to remove it from the VESA mount bracket. Figure 17. Removing the external optical drive box ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

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    4. Remove the screw that secures the external optical drive in the external optical drive box. Use the screwdriver to slide the external optical drive forward and then remove the external optical drive from the external optical drive box. Figure 18. Removing the external optical drive from the external optical drive box 5.

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    Figure 20. Installing the external optical drive metal plate 7. Slide the new external optical drive into the external optical drive box until it snaps into position. Figure 21. Installing the external optical drive into the external optical drive box ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

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    8. Install the screw that secures the external optical drive in the external optical drive box. Figure 22. Installing the screw that secures the external optical drive Chapter 9 Installing or replacing hardware...

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    9. Align the screw holes in the external optical drive box with the two screws on the VESA mount bracket and then slide the external optical drive box to install it on the VESA mount bracket. Figure 23. Installing the external optical drive box ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 95: Installing Or Replacing The External Hard Disk Drive

    10. Install the screw that secures the external optical drive box on the VESA mount bracket. Figure 24. Installing the screw that secures the external optical drive box 11. Connect the external optical drive cable to a USB connector on the computer. See “Locating connectors on the rear of your computer”...

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    4. Slide the release button on the optical drive box and then remove the external hard disk drive adapter from the optical drive box. Figure 26. Removing the external hard disk drive adapter from the optical drive box ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

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    5. Flex the sides of the external hard disk drive adapter bracket and then pivot the external hard disk drive adapter to remove the adapter from the adapter bracket. Figure 27. Removing the external hard disk drive adapter from the adapter bracket 6.

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    Figure 30. Installing a new external hard disk drive into the adapter 9. Position the adapter into the adapter bracket and then pivot the adapter downward until it snaps into position. Figure 31. Installing the external hard disk drive adapter into the adapter bracket ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

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    10. Slide the adapter bracket into the optical drive box until it snaps into position. Figure 32. Installing the adapter bracket into the optical drive box Chapter 9 Installing or replacing hardware...

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    11. Align the screw holes in the optical drive box with the two screws on the VESA mount bracket and then slide the optical drive box to install it on the VESA mount bracket. Figure 33. Installing the optical drive box ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 101: Removing The Computer Cover

    12. Install the screw that secures the optical drive box on the VESA mount bracket. Figure 34. Installing the screw that secures the optical drive box 13. Connect the external hard disk drive cable to a USB connector on the computer. See “Locating connectors on the rear of your computer”...

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    3. Remove the screw that secures the computer cover. Figure 35. Removing the computer cover screw ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 103: Replacing The Microprocessor Fan

    4. Slide the computer cover to the front of the computer a small amount. Then, lift the computer cover to remove it from the computer. Figure 36. Removing the computer cover Replacing the microprocessor fan Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the “Read this first: Important safety information”...

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    2. Remove the computer cover. See “Removing the computer cover” on page 89. 3. Disconnect the microprocessor fan cable from the system board. 4. Remove the four screws that secure the microprocessor fan, and then remove the microprocessor fan as shown. Figure 37. Removing the microprocessor fan ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 105: Replacing The Heat Sink

    5. Position the new microprocessor fan as shown, and align the four screw holes in the microprocessor fan with the corresponding mounting studs on the system board. Then, install the four screws to secure the microprocessor fan to the chassis. Figure 38.

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    3 to insert the other hook on the heat sink into the corresponding circle clip. Figure 40. Installing the heat sink What to do next: • To work with another piece of hardware, go to the appropriate section. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 107: Replacing The Memory Module

    • To complete the installation or replacement, go to “Completing the parts replacement” on page 109. Replacing the memory module Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the “Read this first: Important safety information” on page v. To replace the memory module, do the following: 1.

  • Page 108: Installing Or Replacing The Cover Presence Switch

    5. Connect the cable of the new cover presence switch to the cover-presence-switch connector on the system board. See “Locating parts on the system board” on page 6. What to do next: • To work with another piece of hardware, go to the appropriate section. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 109: Replacing The Internal Speaker

    • To complete the installation or replacement, go to “Completing the parts replacement” on page 109. Replacing the internal speaker Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the “Read this first: Important safety information” on page v. To replace the internal speaker, do the following: 1.

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    Figure 47. Securing the internal speaker cable 7. Connect the cable of the new internal speaker to the internal speaker connector on the system board. See “Locating parts on the system board” on page 6. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 111: Replacing The Power Button Board

    What to do next: • To work with another piece of hardware, go to the appropriate section. • To complete the installation or replacement, go to “Completing the parts replacement” on page 109. Replacing the power button board Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the “Read this first: Important safety information”...

  • Page 112: Replacing The Hard Disk Drive Assembly

    To replace the hard disk drive assembly, do the following: 1. Remove all media from the drives and turn off all attached devices and the computer. Then, disconnect all power cords from electrical outlets and disconnect all cables that are connected to the computer. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

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    2. Remove the computer cover. See “Removing the computer cover” on page 89. 3. Disconnect the signal cable and the power cable from the hard disk drive assembly. 4. Remove the two screws that secure the hard disk drive assembly. Slide the hard disk drive assembly as shown, and then lift the hard disk drive assembly to remove it from the computer.

  • Page 114: Replacing The Coin-cell Battery

    2. Remove the computer cover. See “Removing the computer cover” on page 89. 3. Remove the hard disk drive assembly to get access to the coin-cell battery. See “Replacing the hard disk drive assembly” on page 100. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 115: Installing Or Replacing The Wi-fi Card Module

    4. Remove the old coin-cell battery. Figure 53. Removing the old coin-cell battery 5. Install a new coin-cell battery. Figure 54. Installing a new coin-cell battery 6. Reinstall the hard disk drive assembly. See “Replacing the hard disk drive assembly” on page 100. 7.

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    Figure 58. Connecting the Wi-Fi antenna cables 9. Reinstall the hard disk drive assembly. See “Replacing the hard disk drive assembly” on page 100. What to do next: • To work with another piece of hardware, go to the appropriate section. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 117: Installing And Removing The Front Wi-fi Antenna

    • To complete the installation or replacement, go to “Completing the parts replacement” on page 109. Installing and removing the front Wi-Fi antenna Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the “Read this first: Important safety information” on page v. Note: The front Wi-Fi antenna is only available on some models.

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    2. Disconnect the signal cable and power cable from the hard disk drive. 3. Disconnect the front Wi-Fi antenna cable from the Wi-Fi card module. 4. Remove the hard disk drive assembly. See “Replacing the hard disk drive assembly” on page 100. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 119: Installing And Removing The Rear Wi-fi Antenna

    5. Release the front Wi-Fi antenna cable from the hooks on the hard disk drive bracket. Then, unstick the front Wi-Fi antenna from the hard disk drive bracket. Figure 63. Removing the front Wi-Fi antenna cable What to do next: •...

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    Figure 65. Removing the rear Wi-Fi antenna What to do next: • To work with another piece of hardware, go to the appropriate section. • To complete the installation or replacement, go to “Completing the parts replacement” on page 109. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 121: Installing Or Replacing The Keyboard Or Mouse

    Installing or replacing the keyboard or mouse Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the “Read this first: Important safety information” on page v. To install or replace the keyboard or mouse, do the following: 1.

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    3. Position the computer cover on the chassis and then push the cover to the rear of the computer until it snaps into position. Figure 67. Installing the computer cover ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 123: Obtaining Device Drivers

    Lenovo Thin Client Manager The Lenovo Thin Client Manager (LTM) program is a management tool that enables you to manage all the thin client devices. To download LTM and find more information about Lenovo Thin Client devices, go to http://www.lenovo.com/support/thinclient and follow the instructions on the screen.

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  • Page 125: Chapter 10. Getting Information, Help And Service

    You can use the information in this section to access useful resources relating to your computing needs. Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools The Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools program provides easy access to various tools to help you work more easily and securely. To access the Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools program, click Start ➙ All Programs ➙ Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools.

  • Page 126: Lenovo Support Web Site

    Most computers come with a diagnostic program that help you identify hardware problems. You can also get the latest technical information and download device drivers and updates from Lenovo Support Web site at: http://www.lenovo.com/support...

  • Page 127: Using Other Services

    • Replacement or use of parts not manufactured for or by Lenovo or non-warranted Lenovo parts • Identification of software problem sources • Configuration of BIOS as part of an installation or upgrade • Changes, modifications, or upgrades to device drivers •...

  • Page 128

    Service availability and service name might vary by country or region. For more information about these services, go to the Lenovo Web site at: http://www.lenovo.com ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 129: Information

    • Consult an authorized dealer or service representative for help. Lenovo is not responsible for any radio or television interference caused by using other than specified or recommended cables and connectors or by unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment.

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    Geräte der Klasse B. Dieses Gerät ist berechtigt, in Übereinstimmung mit dem Deutschen EMVG das EG-Konformitätszeichen - CE - zu führen. Verantwortlich für die Konformitätserklärung nach Paragraf 5 des EMVG ist die Lenovo (Deutschland) GmbH, Gropiusplatz 10, D-70563 Stuttgart. Informationen in Hinsicht EMVG Paragraf 4 Abs. (1) 4: Das Gerät erfüllt die Schutzanforderungen nach EN 55024 und EN 55022 Klasse B.

  • Page 131: Eurasian Compliance Mark

    All regulatory notices are available on the Lenovo Support Web site in electronic format. To access electronic copies of the documentation, go to http://www.lenovo.com/UserManuals.

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    Collecting and recycling a disused Lenovo computer or monitor If you are a company employee and need to dispose of a Lenovo computer or monitor that is the property of the company, you must do so in accordance with the Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources.

  • Page 134: Recycling Information For Brazil

    If you need to replace it with a new one, contact your place of purchase or contact Lenovo for service. If you need to dispose of a disused lithium battery, insulate it with vinyl tape, contact your place of purchase or an industrial-waste-disposal operator, and follow their instructions.

  • Page 135

    Customer participation is important to minimize any potential effects of batteries and accumulators on the environment and human health due to the potential presence of hazardous substances. For proper collection and treatment, go to: http://www.lenovo.com/recycling Appendix B. WEEE and recycling information...

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    (RoHS) European Union RoHS Lenovo products sold in the European Union, on or after 3 January 2013 meet the requirements of Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (“RoHS recast” or “RoHS 2”).

  • Page 138: Ukraine Rohs

    Ukraine RoHS India RoHS RoHS compliant as per E-Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011. ThinkCentre M53 User Guide...

  • Page 139: Appendix D. China Energy Label

    Appendix D. China Energy Label © Copyright Lenovo 2014...

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  • Page 141

    For more information about ENERGY STAR, go to: http://www.energystar.gov Lenovo encourages you to make efficient use of energy an integral part of your day-to-day operations. To help in this endeavor, set the following power-management features to take effect when your computer has been inactive for a specified duration: Table 2.

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  • Page 143: Appendix F. Notices

    Lenovo representative for information on the products and services currently available in your area. Any reference to a Lenovo product, program, or service is not intended to state or imply that only that Lenovo product, program, or service may be used. Any functionally equivalent product, program, or service that does not infringe any Lenovo intellectual property right may be used instead.

  • Page 144: Trademarks

    Trademarks The following terms are trademarks of Lenovo in the United States, other countries, or both: Lenovo Rescue and Recovery The Lenovo logo The ThinkCentre logo ThinkCentre ThinkVantage Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Media are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

  • Page 145: Index

    Hard disk, password Headset connector completing the installation heat sink customer support center replacing help and service © Copyright Lenovo 2014...

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    Lenovo Reach rear Wi-Fi antenna Lenovo SHAREit installing Lenovo Solution Center 14, 58 removing Lenovo Thin Client Manager recovering Lenovo Thin Client Manager, LTM from a BIOS update failure Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools 14, 113 software Lenovo Tools recovery locating components boot-block...

  • Page 147

    Wi-Fi card module software installing recovering replacing solving recovery problems wireless starting the Setup Utility program features startup device workspace, backup and recovery sequence, changing temporary, selecting static-sensitive devices, handling system management programs system board connectors © Copyright Lenovo 2014...

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