Introduction

In this step-by-step guide, you will be removing the speakers from the Thinkpad A30 for replacement.

Parts

No parts required.

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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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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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 the battery is facing you. Locate the modem and ethernet card bay. Remove the two 5.3mm cover screws.
  • Turn the laptop over so the battery is facing 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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Locate the speakers on the bottom left and right of the ThinkPad A30.
  • Locate the speakers on the bottom left and right of the ThinkPad A30.

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Remove the 5.6mm screws on each speaker. Pull the right speaker out, making sure there is still slack in the wire. Pull the right speaker out, making sure there is still slack in the wire.
  • Remove the 5.6mm screws on each speaker.

  • Pull the right speaker out, making sure there is still slack in the wire.

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Pull the blue tab that holds the speaker chip and pull the chip out. Pull the blue tab that holds the speaker chip and pull the chip out.
  • Pull the blue tab that holds the speaker chip and pull the chip out.

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Remove the wires from the white tabs by lifting the black wire casing. Remove the wires from the white tabs by lifting the black wire casing.
  • Remove the wires from the white tabs by lifting the black wire casing.

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Lift the left speaker out. Pull the blue tab that holds the speaker chip and pull the chip out.
  • Lift the left speaker out.

  • Pull the blue tab that holds the speaker chip and pull the chip out.

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Remove the speaker data and power cables by pulling them from the motherboard. You have successfully removed the ThinkPad A30 speakers.
  • Remove the speaker data and power cables by pulling them from the motherboard.

  • You have successfully removed the ThinkPad A30 speakers.

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Conclusion

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

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