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Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Smart Card Reader Cable Replacement

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  1. Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Smart Card Reader Cable Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Smart Card Reader Cable Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Smart Card Reader Cable 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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    • 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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    Tool used on this step:
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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 two 5 mm screws from the speaker in the lower right-hand corner using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Use your hand to lift the speaker out of its compartment.

    • The speaker's wire will still be secured to the laptop; it is not necessary to remove the wire.

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    • Use your fingers to lift the black flap up from the smart card reader cable connector.

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    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to open the white clip on the smart card reader connector.

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    Tool used on this step:
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    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to slide the cable out of the connector on the smart card reader.

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    • Remove two 3.8 mm screws from the smart card reader bracket using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Use your fingers to lift the smart card reader bracket up and away from the laptop.

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    • Remove two 3.7 mm screws from the smart card reader using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the smart card reader up by a few millimeters.

    • Use your other hand to lift the smart card reader up and away from the laptop.

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    • Use your fingers to peel up the smart card reader cable and disconnect it from its socket on the motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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