ThinkCentre M83 / M93p Tiny Desktop – Microprocessor and Thermal Module Replacement

ThinkCentre M83 / M93p Tiny Desktop – Microprocessor and Thermal Module Replacement


Hello everyone. I’m Brandon with Lenovo,
and I’m here with the ThinkCentre M93p Tiny Desktop. Today we are going to be replacing the microprocessor and thermal module. This process will take about twenty-five minutes, and you may want to have a little experience
working with computers before attempting this. The only tool required will be a Phillips
screwdriver. Before we continue, we need to make sure that we are protected against electrostatic discharge, or ESD. Make sure to shut down your computer and disconnect all cables and accessories from the system. For more information, watch our Understanding Electrostatic Discharge video by clicking the link in the description. And now that we’re ready, let’s get started. To remove the computer cover, we’re going to remove a single retaining screw in the rear of the computer. Then you slide the front cover forward, and lift it from the system. So to remove the internal speaker, you want to first disconnect the speaker cable from the system board, and then remove it from the guide. Then you want to pull back the clip, and remove the speaker from the chassis. To disconnect the storage drive cable, you
just pull it from the back of the storage drive. Then disconnect the SATA cable from the system board. Then disconnect the power cable from the system board. So to remove the fan, I’m going to disconnect the fan cable from the system board. And then we’re going to loosen three captive screws. These screws won’t come all the way out. Then we simply lift the fan out of the chassis. To remove the bracket from the thermal module, just need to squeeze both sides and then lift it off of the module. Now we’re going to remove the thermal module. This is done by removing four capture screws in a cross pattern. One. Two. Three. Four. And then we want to lift the thermal module at an angle so it clears this tab. And then pull it out of the chassis. Now we’re going to press down and outward on the lever to release the CPU door. Then you want to reach in and grasp the processor by the edges and lift it from the socket. Here I have the replacement processor. When replacing the microprocessor, we want
to assure that the triangle in the corner of the processor and the dot or marking on
the system board are aligned. Then we just place the processor into the socket. Next we close the CPU door and press down
and inward on the lever to lock it into place. If you’re not replacing the thermal module, then you’re going to need to clean the excess thermal compound off of it. And to do that, I have some isopropyl alcohol swabs. You’re just going to use the swab in a circular motion. Gently wipe away the excess thermal compound. Just kind of get it as clean as you can. And then you’re going to want to give it a minute for the alcohol to evaporate. Now we’re going to apply the thermal compound to the CPU. Now you’re just going to put about
a pea-sized dab onto the CPU. If you have a replacement thermal module, then you can skip this step as the thermal compound comes pre-applied. Now we’re going to place the thermal module into the system at an angle so that it clears this lip. This is what that will look like. Then we’re going to tighten four capture
screws in a cross pattern. Tightening the screws in a cross pattern assures that the thermal compound will spread evenly. To replace the bracket onto the thermal module, you need to align the tab on the bracket with the slot in the thermal module. And then you just line it up, press down until it locks into place. To replace the system fan, we’re just going to place it down into the chassis using the
screw holes for alignment, and tighten the three capture screws. Now we’re going to connect the fan cable to the system board. To connect the storage drive cable, connect the power cable to the system board and the SATA cable to the system board. And then connect the cable to the back of
the storage drive. To replace the internal speaker, you want
to line it up with the clip and press down until the clip snaps into place. Then you connect the speaker cable to the system board. And install it in the cable guide. So to replace the computer cover, you just
lay it down here on top of the system and then you push it toward the rear of the system
until it locks into place. And then you replace this single retaining
screw in the rear of the system.

4 thoughts to “ThinkCentre M83 / M93p Tiny Desktop – Microprocessor and Thermal Module Replacement”

  1. I have a ThinkCentre-M93P-Tiny-i5-4570T-2-9GHz is it possible to upgrade it to an i7 ? what are my options to upgrade the cpu? thanks alot

  2. Hi, I'm thinking in replacing my thermal paste for a new one but I'm not sure wich one to buy, I'm thinking of Artic MX-4 but wich one do you recomend guys, also I understand I need an air cooled system paste. Thank you.

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