Repairing IBM ThinkPad T41 CPU

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This is a step by step guide for replacing/repairing the CPU of an IBM ThinkPad T41 laptop. It will aid you in taking apart your laptop to reach the CPU.

This repair guide will aid you in taking apart your IBM ThinkPad T41 laptop to reach and replace its CPU.

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Edit Step 1 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Close the screen and turn the closed laptop over.

  • Remove all 17 screws on the bottom of the computer.

  • The multiple colors (turquoise, red, blue, orange, yellow, and purple) are for organizational purposes, indicating different screws.

  • Your computer may have more if it still has its optical device, HDD, or battery. The yellow markers are the location of at least two extra screws that we don't have.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the extra RAM cover, by lifting where the screw was and pulling out.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Turn the laptop right side up and open the screen.

  • Lift the keyboard, using a spudger at the seam between the keyboard and trackpad.

  • Careful of the ribbon cable underneath, which may tear if the keyboard is lifted too vigorously.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Unplug the keyboard’s ribbon cable, by lifting up the edges of the plug.

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Edit Step 5 Trackpad  ¶ 

  • Close the laptop and turn it over.

  • Remove the five plastic stickers covering the screws on the front edge of the case.

  • In order to reuse the stickers, remove them carefully.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the five screws that were hidden by the stickers.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Turn the computer right side up and open the screen.

  • Lift the trackpad assembly by placing hands on both edges and then pull towards you till it is free of the case.

  • Careful of the ribbon cable underneath, which may tear if trackpad is pulled too vigorously.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Unplug the trackpad’s ribbon cable by pulling on the white plastic tab.

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Edit Step 9 RAM  ¶ 

  • Push apart the retaining clips on the RAM.

  • Note: The RAM should pop up a little bit.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Lift out the RAM chip.

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Edit Step 11 Wireless Network Card  ¶ 

  • Pull off the one black and one white coaxial cables by lifting the tabs labeled main and aux (for auxiliary).

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Push apart the retain clips.

  • Note: The card should pop up a little bit.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Pull the wireless network card out.

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Edit Step 14 BIOS Battery  ¶ 

  • Lift the yellow plastic-covered battery up.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Unplug the battery connector.

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Edit Step 16 Speakers  ¶ 

  • Lift the speakers out by starting with the left end and then unsnake the wires.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Unplug the wires from the motherboard.

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Edit Step 18 Expansion Slot  ¶ 

  • Remove the screw on the left hand side of the case, above the expansion slot.

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Lift the black plastic border by lifting on either side.

  • Once the sides are up, pull the border towards you and away from the screen.

  • When lifting up, there are two pairs of plastic clips hooking into the fan grill. If you pull hard enough the border will come away, but it's better to push the clips with the spudger.

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Pull the sheet metal cover away from slot.

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Lift out the expansion slot by starting at the entrance hole and pulling upward.

  • Note: Try wiggling the slot from side to side until it comes out all the way.

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Edit Step 22 Modem  ¶ 

  • Remove the three screws holding down the modem in the upper left corner of the laptop.

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Lift the modem up, unplugging it from the motherboard as you lift.

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Pull out the wire that connects the modem to the screen.

  • Unplug the other cable that attaches the modem to the motherboard

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Edit Step 25 Screen  ¶ 

  • Close the computer screen.

  • Turn computer around so that you are facing the back.

  • Remove the two pairs of screws at the right and left hinges.

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Turn the computer back around so that you are facing the front of it and open the screen.

  • Remove screw holding the left hinge at the top of the computer.

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Remove the screw on the sheet metal part that secures the screen's ribbon cable.

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Pull the sheet metal part away from the ribbon cable.

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Unplug the screen's ribbon cable.

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Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Unsnake the wires that were attached to the wireless network card.

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Lift out the screen.

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Edit Step 32 Fan  ¶ 

  • Unsnake the black cable from the black plastic frame.

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Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • Remove the sheet metal piece, which was underneath the modem.

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Edit Step 34  ¶ 

  • Remove the rubber microphone cover in the upper left hand corner by lifting up the gray metal frame.

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Edit Step 35  ¶ 

  • Lift away the gray metal frame.

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Edit Step 36  ¶ 

  • Remove three screws near the edge of the computer, holding the optical bay and HDD covers.

  • Remove three other screws on the other side of the covers.

  • You should have six screws in total, three of one size and three of another size.

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Edit Step 37  ¶ 

  • Lift out the optical bay and HDD covers.

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Edit Step 38  ¶ 

  • Lift out the black plastic frame.

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Edit Step 39  ¶ 

  • Unplug the fan from the motherboard.

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Edit Step 40  ¶ 

  • Remove the three screws on the fan.

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Edit Step 41  ¶ 

  • Lift the fan out.

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Edit Step 42 CPU  ¶ 

  • Turn the retaining screw 90 degrees counterclockwise and pull the CPU out.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the IBM ThinkPad T41 device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

before this steep, you have to lift the cd drive.

marci, · Reply

Do not try to pull the bottom part off. Unplug the top part only!

yvette2g, · Reply

During removing cooler, you must maybe use a heat gun (or Hair dryer) directet on GPU part of cooler. By me, cooler was burnt on GPU and with heating of this part it goes better.

alienkos, · Reply

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