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Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Motherboard Replacement

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  1. Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Motherboard Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Motherboard Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Motherboard Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry the two rubber stoppers out of the battery compartment.

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

    • Open the lid of the laptop.

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    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to push the keyboard towards the screen using the two notches on the bottom of the keyboard.

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    • Loosen the six captive screws in the keyboard frame using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • These screws are hard to see. Make sure you have pushed the keyboard towards the screen as far as it will go to see the screws better.

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    • Use your hands to pull the keyboard up and towards you by a few millimeters to remove it from its tray.

    • Potential for device damage: The keyboard is still attached to the rest of the laptop, so be gentle when lifting it.

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    • Grab the bottom edge of the keyboard with your hands, and flip the keyboard upside-down, so it rests on the bottom of the laptop.

    • Potential for device damage: The keyboard is still attached to the rest of the laptop, so be gentle when flipping it over.

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    • Use a pair of blunt-nosed tweezers to lift the black flap away from the cable connectors.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the locking flap securing the ribbon cable.

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    • Use a pair of blunt-nosed tweezers to pull the ribbon cable out of its connector.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the locking flap securing the bottom ribbon cable.

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    • Use a pair of blunt-nosed tweezers to pull the ribbon cable out of its connector.

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    • Pull the ribbon cables through the slot in the black flap.

    • Remove the black flap from the keyboard.

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    • Use your hands to lift the keyboard up and away from the laptop.

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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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

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

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    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to pull the black connector out of its socket.

    • This connector may be difficult to remove. You can use a pair of tweezers to gently rock the connector back and forth until it is free from the socket.

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    • Remove the three 3.7 mm screws from the internal battery using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Use your hands to lift the battery up and away from the laptop.

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    • Remove the single 3.7 mm screw from the left side of the hard drive using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Use your hand to lift up the hard drive by a few millimeters.

    • Pull the hard drive to the left to detach it from its connector and remove it from the laptop.

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    • Use your fingers to lift up the black flap covering the RAM.

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    • Use your fingers to push the metal clips on either end of the first RAM stick outwards.

    • The RAM stick will pop up by a few millimeters.

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    • Use your fingers to lift the RAM out of its socket and away from the laptop to remove it.

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    • Use your fingers to push the metal clips on either end of the second RAM stick outwards.

    • The RAM stick will pop up by a few millimeters.

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    • Use your fingers to lift the RAM out of its socket and away from the laptop to remove it.

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    • Use your fingers to lift up the black flap covering the Wi-Fi card.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the gray and black coaxial wires from the Wi-Fi card.

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

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    • Remove the single 3.7 mm screw from the right side of the Wi-Fi card using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Use your fingers to lift the Wi-Fi card up and out of its slot.

    • This laptop does not include a WWAN card, but if yours does, follow the same procedure as Steps 32-35 to remove it.

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    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to pull the white CMOS battery connector out of its socket.

    • This connector may be difficult to remove. You can use a pair of tweezers to gently rock the connector back and forth until it is free from the socket.

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    • Use your fingers to pull the red and black bundled wire from its slot.

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    • Pry the CMOS battery up using the flat end of a spudger.

    • You may need to loosen the adhesive underneath the battery with the spudger before the battery can be removed.

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    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to pull the white fan connector out of its socket on the motherboard.

    • This connector may be difficult to remove. You can use a pair of tweezers to gently rock the connector back and forth until it is free from the socket.

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    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to loosen the first pair of captive screws on the fan assembly in a crosswise pattern.

    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to loosen the second pair of captive screws on the fan assembly in a crosswise pattern.

    • Secure the screws using the same cross-pattern when reassembling the fan.

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    • Use your hands to lift the fan assembly up and away from the laptop.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to detach the USB cable from the motherboard.

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    • Use your fingers to move the detached part of the USB cable away from the motherboard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the locking flap securing the power button cable.

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    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to slide the power button cable out of its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to pull the white speaker cable out of its socket on the motherboard.

    • This connector may be difficult to remove. You can use a pair of tweezers to gently rock the connector back and forth until it is free from the socket.

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    • This laptop does not have a fingerprint reader.

    • If your laptop has a fingerprint reader, use the flat end of a spudger to lift up the black tab and slide the cable out of its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the locking flap securing the trackpad ribbon cable.

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    • Use a pair of blunt-nosed tweezers to pull the ribbon cable out of its connector.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the smart card cable from the motherboard.

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    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to pull the white DC-in cable out of its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Remove the six 3.7 mm screws from the motherboard using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Remove the single 5.6 mm screw from the Ethernet/USB port bracket using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Use your fingers to slide the bracket to the left and away from the motherboard.

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    • Use both hands to pull the motherboard straight up and away from the laptop.

Conclusion

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

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

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I used this guide to complete my first "iFixit" project - replacing the trackpad on my T460.

Wow, I was amazed at the quality of the instructions! The instructions and photos were very clear. In particular, I like the before and after photos for most steps. These make it so much clearer what direction you need to move something or make it simple to know where the screws are.

Thanks @kristen !

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