Introduction

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

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/2: Slide the highlighted tab to the left. Image 2/2: With your finger on the tab, remove the battery by lifting it upwards away from the laptop.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Remove the six 16.7mm screws inside the circled holes.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Remove the black cover to reveal a 14.8mm screw.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Pry apart the keyboard with a plastic opening tool or with your fingers. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/3: Lift the front end of the keyboard as shown. Image 2/3: Using your fingers, remove the black film cover. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: Disconnect the ribbon cable by removing the connector. Image 2/3: Disconnect the ribbon cable by removing the connector. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/2: Remove the two 5.6mm screws. Image 2/2: Remove the 16.7mm screw.
  • Lift and remove the keyboard.

  • Remove the two 5.6mm screws.

  • Remove the 16.7mm screw.

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Image 1/3: Pry off the upper case with your hands. Image 2/3: Pry off the upper case with your hands. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/3: Remove the other two 16.7mm screws. Image 2/3: Lift and remove connector. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/2: Remove the four 5.6mm long screws. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/3: Gently lift the LCD monitor up and out. Image 2/3: Remove the black plastic tab. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/1: One screw (yellow) is observable. The three other screws (red) are below the heatsink bracket.
  • 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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Image 1/1:
  • Lift the heatsink bracket up.

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Image 1/3: Lift the fan/heatsink assembly up. Image 2/3: Locate the fan power cable and pull upwards near the connector. Image 3/3: Remove the fan/heatsink assembly.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Remove the four 5.6mm screws.
  • Locate the floppy drive bay.

  • Remove the four 5.6mm screws.

  • Remove the 16mm screw.

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Image 1/3: Locate the modem and ethernet card bay. Image 2/3: Remove the two 5.3mm cover screws. Image 3/3: Gently lift the cover.
  • 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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Image 1/2: When lifting the cards, be careful not to rip out the cables! Image 2/2: Gently lift the modem and ethernet cards.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Remove the 8.8mm screw with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • Locate the hard drive slot.

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

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Image 1/1: Lift the left side of the floppy disk bay and and pull it out.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Remove the three 5.6mm screws. Image 2/2: Remove the 16mm screw.
  • 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.

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Image 1/3: Pull the right speaker out, making sure there is still slack in the wire. Image 2/3: Pull the right speaker out, making sure there is still slack in the wire. Image 3/3: 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.

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

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Image 1/2: Pull the blue tab that holds the speaker chip and pull the chip out. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: You have successfully removed the ThinkPad A30 speakers. Image 2/2: 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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