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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the LCD cable in your Lenovo ThinkPad T460 laptop.

Some signs your LCD cable may be faulty include a blank, black, or flickering screen, no backlight, or horizontal or vertical lines. These symptoms may also indicate that the LCD panel is faulty, rather than the cable itself.

Before attempting a display panel replacement, you may be able to resolve the issue using Lenovo’s troubleshooting guide.

Make sure to disable the internal battery, power down your device, and disconnect from any external power sources before you begin.

  1. Before you begin this guide, make sure to disable the internal battery, power down your device, and disconnect from any external power sources. Place the laptop so that the bottom is facing upwards. Slide the latch on the left side of the battery to the left until it clicks in place.
    • Before you begin this guide, make sure to disable the internal battery, power down your device, and disconnect from any external power sources.

    • Place the laptop so that the bottom is facing upwards.

    • Slide the latch on the left side of the battery to the left until it clicks in place.

  2. Slide the latch on the right side of the battery to the right and hold it in place with your thumb. Use your other hand to slide the battery towards the back of the laptop. Lift the battery up and away from the laptop.
    • Slide the latch on the right side of the battery to the right and hold it in place with your thumb.

    • Use your other hand to slide the battery towards the back of the laptop.

    • Lift the battery up and away from the laptop.

  3. Loosen the eight captive screws in the bottom cover using a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Loosen the eight captive screws in the bottom cover using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Loosen the eight captive screws in the bottom cover using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  4. Insert the flat end of a spudger in between the bottom cover and the rest of the laptop, starting in the lower left corner. Pry the lower left corner of the bottom cover up by a few millimeters. Slide the spudger along the bottom of the laptop to release the clips until you reach the lower right corner.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger in between the bottom cover and the rest of the laptop, starting in the lower left corner.

    • Pry the lower left corner of the bottom cover up by a few millimeters.

    • Slide the spudger along the bottom of the laptop to release the clips until you reach the lower right corner.

    • You may hear some snapping noises as the clips are released.

  5. Slide the spudger along the right and top sides of the bottom cover to release the clips. You may hear some snapping noises as the clips are released.
    • Slide the spudger along the right and top sides of the bottom cover to release the clips.

    • You may hear some snapping noises as the clips are released.

    • Potential for device damage: If the clips do not release easily, check to ensure that the captive screws are fully loosened. Forcing the clips to detach can crack the bottom cover.

  6. Use the spudger to pry the upper left corner up by a few millimeters. Pry up the sections of the bottom cover with printed logos of the ports.
    • Use the spudger to pry the upper left corner up by a few millimeters.

    • Pry up the sections of the bottom cover with printed logos of the ports.

    • Potential for device damage: Prying inside the ports themselves can damage your laptop. Be sure to only pry up on the sections of the cover that extend past the ports.

  7. Use the spudger to pry up the bottom cover in the lower portion of the external battery compartment by a few millimeters. Use the spudger to pry up the bottom cover in the lower portion of the external battery compartment by a few millimeters.
    • Use the spudger to pry up the bottom cover in the lower portion of the external battery compartment by a few millimeters.

  8. Use both hands to lift the bottom cover up and away from the laptop. Use both hands to lift the bottom cover up and away from the laptop. Use both hands to lift the bottom cover up and away from the laptop.
    • Use both hands to lift the bottom cover up and away from the laptop.

  9. Remove the two 3.7 mm screws from the LCD cable bracket using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove the two 3.7 mm screws from the LCD cable bracket using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  10. Use a pair of tweezers to lift the LCD cable bracket away from the motherboard. Use a pair of tweezers to lift the LCD cable bracket away from the motherboard. Use a pair of tweezers to lift the LCD cable bracket away from the motherboard.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to lift the LCD cable bracket away from the motherboard.

  11. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the flat-topped LCD cable connector. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the flat-topped LCD cable connector.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the flat-topped LCD cable connector.

  12. Use your fingers to remove the cable from its slots. Use your fingers to remove the cable from its slots.
    • Use your fingers to remove the cable from its slots.

  13. Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the metal clip on the camera/microphone cable. Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the metal clip on the camera/microphone cable.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the metal clip on the camera/microphone cable.

  14. Use the flat end of a spudger to detach the camera/microphone cable connector from its socket. Use the flat end of a spudger to detach the camera/microphone cable connector from its socket.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to detach the camera/microphone cable connector from its socket.

  15. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the black and gray coaxial cables from the Wi-Fi card. When reassembling, reattach the gray wire on the top and the black wire on the bottom.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the black and gray coaxial cables from the Wi-Fi card.

    • When reassembling, reattach the gray wire on the top and the black wire on the bottom.

  16. If your laptop has a WWAN card, disconnect the red and blue coaxial cables using the flat end of a spudger. If your laptop does not have a WWAN card, remove the tape holding the red and blue coaxial cables in place.
    • If your laptop has a WWAN card, disconnect the red and blue coaxial cables using the flat end of a spudger.

    • If your laptop does not have a WWAN card, remove the tape holding the red and blue coaxial cables in place.

  17. Use your fingers to remove the gray and red coaxial cables from their slots along the motherboard. Use your fingers to remove the gray and red coaxial cables from their slots along the motherboard.
    • Use your fingers to remove the gray and red coaxial cables from their slots along the motherboard.

  18. Use your fingers to remove the blue and black coaxial cables from their slots along the top of the motherboard. Use your fingers to remove the blue and black coaxial cables from their slots along the top of the motherboard. Use your fingers to remove the blue and black coaxial cables from their slots along the top of the motherboard.
    • Use your fingers to remove the blue and black coaxial cables from their slots along the top of the motherboard.

  19. Remove the four 4.7 mm screws from the hinges using a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Remove the four 4.7 mm screws from the hinges using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove the four 4.7 mm screws from the hinges using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  20. Lift the bottom of the laptop up by a few inches to rotate the two upper hinges. Place the bottom of the laptop back down. Place the bottom of the laptop back down.
    • Lift the bottom of the laptop up by a few inches to rotate the two upper hinges.

    • Place the bottom of the laptop back down.

  21. Use both of your hands to lift the bottom of the laptop away from the LCD assembly. Use both of your hands to lift the bottom of the laptop away from the LCD assembly.
    • Use both of your hands to lift the bottom of the laptop away from the LCD assembly.

  22. Use your hands to peel up the thin LCD bezel sheet from the rest of the display, starting in the area between the hinges. Use your hands to continue peeling the bezel sheet away from the left side of the laptop. Use your hands to continue peeling the bezel sheet away from the left side of the laptop.
    • Use your hands to peel up the thin LCD bezel sheet from the rest of the display, starting in the area between the hinges.

    • Use your hands to continue peeling the bezel sheet away from the left side of the laptop.

  23. Use your hands to continue peeling the bezel sheet away from the bottom and right sides of the laptop. Use both hands to lift the LCD bezel sheet up and away from the laptop. When reassembling, you may have to reapply adhesive beneath the LCD bezel sheet.
    • Use your hands to continue peeling the bezel sheet away from the bottom and right sides of the laptop.

    • Use both hands to lift the LCD bezel sheet up and away from the laptop.

    • When reassembling, you may have to reapply adhesive beneath the LCD bezel sheet.

  24. Remove four 3.3 mm screws from the LCD bezel using a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Remove four 3.3 mm screws from the LCD bezel using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove four 3.3 mm screws from the LCD bezel using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  25. Use the flat end of a spudger to create a gap between the bezel and the display, starting in the upper left corner. Continue to use the spudger around the left side, bottom, and right side of the laptop to detach the clips securing the bezel to the display. You may hear loud snaps when detaching the clips; this is normal.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to create a gap between the bezel and the display, starting in the upper left corner.

    • Continue to use the spudger around the left side, bottom, and right side of the laptop to detach the clips securing the bezel to the display.

    • You may hear loud snaps when detaching the clips; this is normal.

  26. Use both hands to lift the bezel up and away from the display assembly. Use both hands to lift the bezel up and away from the display assembly.
    • Use both hands to lift the bezel up and away from the display assembly.

  27. Use both hands to lift the bottom corners of the display panel Gently flip the display panel over. Potential for device damage: The display cable is still connecting the display panel to the rest of the display assembly, so be sure to flip the display panel over with caution.
    • Use both hands to lift the bottom corners of the display panel

    • Gently flip the display panel over.

    • Potential for device damage: The display cable is still connecting the display panel to the rest of the display assembly, so be sure to flip the display panel over with caution.

  28. Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the metal bar securing the connector. Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the metal bar securing the connector.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the metal bar securing the connector.

  29. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the display cable from its socket. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the display cable from its socket.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the display cable from its socket.

  30. Use your hands to remove the display panel from the rest of the display assembly. Use your hands to remove the display panel from the rest of the display assembly.
    • Use your hands to remove the display panel from the rest of the display assembly.

  31. Remove the four 3.2 mm hinge screws using a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Remove the four 3.2 mm hinge screws using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove the four 3.2 mm hinge screws using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  32. Use your fingers to lift the hinge in the upper left corner up and away from the laptop. Use your fingers to lift the hinge in the upper left corner up and away from the laptop. Use your fingers to lift the hinge in the upper left corner up and away from the laptop.
    • Use your fingers to lift the hinge in the upper left corner up and away from the laptop.

  33. Use your fingers to lift the hinge in the upper right corner up and away from the laptop. Use your fingers to lift the hinge in the upper right corner up and away from the laptop. Use your fingers to lift the hinge in the upper right corner up and away from the laptop.
    • Use your fingers to lift the hinge in the upper right corner up and away from the laptop.

  34. Use your fingers to lift the gray LCD cable up and away from the laptop. Use your fingers to lift the gray LCD cable up and away from the laptop. Use your fingers to lift the gray LCD cable up and away from the laptop.
    • Use your fingers to lift the gray LCD cable up and away from the laptop.

Conclusion

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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2 Comments

Thanks so much for this, Kristen. I managed to fix my T460 by replacing the LCD cable using this guide.

The symptoms were quite odd: the slightest movement of the laptop hinge (even a touch, sometimes) would cause the screen to go blank and the laptop to go into hibernation. I could get it back out again using the normal method (pressing the power button), but it was happening all the time. I guessed that it was the wiring of the LCD cable causing this, so I replaced it with a branded Lenovo replacement and now it works fine.

Richard Salsbury - Reply

Hi Richard,

I'm so glad to hear that you completed this repair with success! I appreciate your helpful comments throughout this guide—it's great to have insight from other people who have completed this repair.

Kristen Gismondi -

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