Flip the ThinkPad over so that it is upside down. Slide the highlighted tab to the left.
  • Flip the ThinkPad over so that it is upside down.

  • Slide the highlighted tab to the left.

  • With your finger on the tab, remove the battery by lifting it upwards away from the laptop.

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Remove the highlighted screw with a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Pull the hard drive out. Pull the hard drive out.
  • Remove the highlighted screw with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  • Pull the hard drive out.

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Hold the laptop in the same orientation as the picture.  Then, locate the switch immediately above and to the left of the drive. Slide the switch to the right. A black plastic tab will pop out. Pull the plastic tab to expose the CD drive.
  • Hold the laptop in the same orientation as the picture. Then, locate the switch immediately above and to the left of the drive.

  • Slide the switch to the right. A black plastic tab will pop out.

  • Pull the plastic tab to expose the CD drive.

  • If there is a problem with your tab, whether it doesn't pop out or it doesn't expose the CD drive, please check the corresponding entry in the troubleshooting page.

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Carefully pull the CD drive out from the laptop.
  • Carefully pull the CD drive out from the laptop.

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Hold the Thinkpad as the picture shows. There is a switch located just above and to the right of the drive.
  • Hold the Thinkpad as the picture shows.

  • There is a switch located just above and to the right of the drive.

  • Slide the switch to the right. A small, black tab will pop out.

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Pull the small black tab away from the computer to access the drive. Gently pull the drive out from the laptop.
  • Pull the small black tab away from the computer to access the drive.

  • Gently pull the drive out from the laptop.

  • If there is a problem with your tab, whether it doesn't pop out or it doesn't expose the floppy drive, please check the corresponding entry in the troubleshooting page.

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Make sure the laptop is upside down and oriented in the direction shown.
  • Make sure the laptop is upside down and oriented in the direction shown.

  • Remove the six 16.7mm screws inside the circled holes.

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Rotate the ThinkPad so that the hard drive bay is facing you.
  • Rotate the ThinkPad so that the hard drive bay is facing you.

  • Remove the black cover to reveal a 14.8mm screw.

  • Remove the uncovered screw with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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Flip the ThinkPad over and open the LCD panel. Pry apart the keyboard with a plastic opening tool or with your fingers.
  • Flip the ThinkPad over and open the LCD panel.

  • Pry apart the keyboard with a plastic opening tool or with your fingers.

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Be careful not to pull out the keyboard carelessly; there is a connector underneath it! Lift the front end of the keyboard as shown. Using your fingers, remove the black film cover.
  • Be careful not to pull out the keyboard carelessly; there is a connector underneath it!

  • Lift the front end of the keyboard as shown.

  • Using your fingers, remove the black film cover.

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Locate the connector attached to the motherboard. Disconnect the ribbon cable by removing the connector. Disconnect the ribbon cable by removing the connector.
  • Locate the connector attached to the motherboard.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cable by removing the connector.

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Lift and remove the keyboard. Remove the two 5.6mm screws.
  • Lift and remove the keyboard.

  • Remove the two 5.6mm screws.

  • Remove the 16.7mm screw.

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You will need to use a little force. Be wary of the tabs. Pry off the upper case with your hands. Pry off the upper case with your hands.
  • You will need to use a little force. Be wary of the tabs.

  • Pry off the upper case with your hands.

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Remove the 5.6mm screw that holds the LCD to the upper case.
  • Remove the 5.6mm screw that holds the LCD to the upper case.

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Remove the 5.6mm screw on the left side of the three-pronged connector. Remove the other two 16.7mm screws. Lift and remove connector.
  • Remove the 5.6mm screw on the left side of the three-pronged connector.

  • Remove the other two 16.7mm screws.

  • Lift and remove connector.

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Pull out the white tab connecting the LCD to the motherboard. Pull out the white tab connecting the LCD to the motherboard.
  • Pull out the white tab connecting the LCD to the motherboard.

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Turn the laptop so that the back is facing you. Remove the four 5.6mm long screws.
  • Turn the laptop so that the back is facing you.

  • Remove the four 5.6mm long screws.

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Place the laptop so that the LCD is facing you again. Gently lift the LCD monitor up and out. Remove the black plastic tab.
  • Place the laptop so that the LCD is facing you again.

  • Gently lift the LCD monitor up and out.

  • Remove the black plastic tab.

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Locate the 4 screws that will need to be removed.
  • Locate the 4 screws that will need to be removed.

  • One screw (yellow) is observable. The three other screws (red) are below the heatsink bracket.

  • Remove the 5.6mm (yellow) and three 16.1mm (red) screws.

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Lift the heatsink bracket up.
  • Lift the heatsink bracket up.

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Be careful not to pull too hard! There is a cable attached to the fan! Lift the fan/heatsink assembly up. Locate the fan power cable and pull upwards near the connector.
  • Be careful not to pull too hard! There is a cable attached to the fan!

  • Lift the fan/heatsink assembly up.

  • Locate the fan power cable and pull upwards near the connector.

  • Remove the fan/heatsink assembly.

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Use a flathead to turn the screw 180 degrees. Remove the CPU by lifting it upwards.
  • Use a flathead to turn the screw 180 degrees.

  • Remove the CPU by lifting it upwards.

  • If the CPU is reusable, place it in an antistatic bag and away from moisture.

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Locate the floppy drive bay.
  • Locate the floppy drive bay.

  • Remove the four 5.6mm screws.

  • Remove the 16mm screw.

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Turn the laptop over so that the battery is towards you. Locate the modem and ethernet card bay. Remove the two 5.3mm cover screws.
  • Turn the laptop over so that the battery is towards you.

  • Locate the modem and ethernet card bay.

  • Remove the two 5.3mm cover screws.

  • Gently lift the cover.

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Remove the four 9.1mm screws attached to the modem and ethernet cards. When lifting the cards, be careful not to rip out the cables!
  • Remove the four 9.1mm screws attached to the modem and ethernet cards.

  • When lifting the cards, be careful not to rip out the cables!

  • Gently lift the modem and ethernet cards.

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Locate the hard drive slot.
  • Locate the hard drive slot.

  • Remove the 8.8mm screw with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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Turn the laptop over again and orient it as shown.
  • Turn the laptop over again and orient it as shown.

  • Lift the left side of the floppy disk bay and and pull it out.

  • The black lever will pop out.

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Locate the CD Drive Bay Remove the three 5.6mm screws.
  • Locate the CD Drive Bay

  • Remove the three 5.6mm screws.

  • Remove the 16mm screw.

  • Lift the right side and pull the CD drive bay out.

  • The black lever will pop out.

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Once the CD drive bay is removed, locate the speaker data and power cables. Remove the cables from the motherboard.
  • Once the CD drive bay is removed, locate the speaker data and power cables.

  • Remove the cables from the motherboard.

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Locate the expansion bay. Remove the 16mm screw.
  • Locate the expansion bay.

  • Remove the 16mm screw.

  • Lift and remove the expansion bay.

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Rotate the laptop so that the back ports are facing you.
  • Rotate the laptop so that the back ports are facing you.

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Remove the three 5.8mm screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver. Remove the three 5.8mm screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • Remove the three 5.8mm screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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Remove the six 11mm nuts with a wrench. Pliers can be used, but are not recommended.
  • Remove the six 11mm nuts with a wrench.

  • Pliers can be used, but are not recommended.

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Rotate the laptop to its original position. Remove the 5.6mm screw located on the upper right corner of the motherboard.
  • Rotate the laptop to its original position.

  • Remove the 5.6mm screw located on the upper right corner of the motherboard.

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The wireless and bluetooth cards are connected to the motherboard! Pull out the motherboard towards you carefully.
  • The wireless and bluetooth cards are connected to the motherboard!

  • Pull out the motherboard towards you carefully.

  • Place the motherboard somewhere dry and clean.

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Conclusion

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

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