Introduction

This guide outlines how to replace a keyboard on a 2nd generation Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop. These laptops are quite compact, which results in a keyboard replacement being a very involved process. This process includes removing almost every other part of the laptop first.

These screws can't be fully removed; they will stay attached to the back cover.
  • These screws can't be fully removed; they will stay attached to the back cover.

  • Loosen the seven screws from the back cover.

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Unplug the bundled cable connector attached to the battery by pulling evenly from each side of the plug.
  • Unplug the bundled cable connector attached to the battery by pulling evenly from each side of the plug.

  • Remove the four 4mm screws from the corners of the battery.

  • Remove the 2.5mm screw from the center of the battery.

  • Remove the battery by lifting from the bottom edge and pulling towards the front edge.

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  • Remove the 3mm screw from the solid state drive.

  • Pull the solid state drive straight out from its connector to remove it.

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  • Unplug the Local Area Network Card by prying the coaxial connectors straight up from the board.

  • Unscrew the 3mm screw from the LAN card.

  • Pull the LAN card straight out from its connector to remove it.

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  • Unplug the CPU heatsink fan by flipping up the small locking flap on the ZIF connector and gently removing the cable.

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  • Loosen the upper-left heat pipe screw.

  • Loosen the lower-right heat pipe screw.

  • Loosen the lower-left heat pipe screw.

  • Loosen the upper-right heat pipe screw.

  • Lift the CPU cooler straight up to remove it.

  • Thermal paste will need to be applied during reassembly.

    • Apply a small amount of thermal paste across the processor case.

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  • Unscrew the 4mm screw from the audio card.

  • Pull the audio card straight back from the side of the laptop and flip it over, exposing the flat topped connector.

  • Disconnect the flat topped connector by pulling straight up from its socket.

  • Remove the audio card.

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  • Unplug the laptop speakers by pulling evenly on each side of the bundled cable connector.

  • Remove the four 4mm screws from the speakers.

  • Remove the speaker wires from under the tape loops along the front of the laptop.

  • Lift the speakers and speaker wires straight up to remove them.

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  • Disconnect the RJ45 ribbon cable by pulling straight up.

  • Remove the 4mm screw from the RJ45 card.

  • Move the RJ45 card slightly to the right and pull up to remove it.

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  • Remove the two 2.5mm screws from the guard.

  • Pull the guard straight up to remove it.

  • Slide the bottom plastic part of the ribbon cable socket forward.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cable.

  • Lift the fingerprint reader assembly straight up to remove it.

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  • Do not subject the system board to excessive shock or electrostatic discharge of any sort.

  • Remove the 4mm screw from the guard in the upper-right corner of the laptop.

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  • Do not subject the system board to excessive shock or electrostatic discharge of any sort.

  • Lift the ribbon cable locking mechanism.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cables by pulling straight out from the socket.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cables by pulling straight up.

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  • Do not subject the system board to excessive shock or electrostatic discharge of any sort.

  • Remove the five 3mm screws from the system board.

  • Move the system board slightly to the left and pull up to remove it.

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  • Remove the 4mm screw from the guard.

  • Pull the guard straight up to remove it.

  • Remove the three 4mm screws from the LCD hinges.

  • Pull the antenna wires away from the hinges.

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  • Lift the laptop and open the screen 90 degrees.

  • Lift the LCD unit straight up to remove it.

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  • Remove the two 1.7mm screws from the bracket.

  • Pull the guard straight up to remove it.

  • Remove the two 1.7mm screws from the adaptive keys panel.

  • Remove the three 2.5mm screws from the adaptive keys panel.

  • Lift the adaptive keys panel from the rear of the laptop and pull to remove it.

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  • Lift the ribbon cable locking mechanism.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cable.

  • Remove the remaining ribbon cables from the back of the keyboard.

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  • Remove the 45 Xmm screws from the back of the keyboard that are visible.

  • Remove the tape covering one of the Xmm screws and remove that screw.

  • Peel back the large ribbon cable and remove the four Xmm screws underneath it.

  • Lift the keyboard straight up to remove it.

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Conclusion

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

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This was one heck of a difficult feat, thank you for documenting the process. It took me about one hour to disassemble and two hours to re-assemble.

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