Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the ThinkPad's upper case.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Conclusion

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

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