IBM ThinkPad T41 CPU Replacement

This is a step by step guide for replacing/repairing the CPU of an IBM ThinkPad T41 laptop. It will aid you in taking apart your laptop to reach the CPU.

This repair guide will aid you in taking apart your IBM ThinkPad T41 laptop to reach and replace its CPU.

Sections

Edit Step 1 Keyboard  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove all 17 screws on the bottom of the computer.

Edit Step 1 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Close the screen and turn the closed laptop over.

  • Remove all 17 screws on the bottom of the computer.

  • The multiple colors (turquoise, red, blue, orange, yellow, and purple) are for organizational purposes, indicating different screws.

  • The yellow marker at the rear denotes the UltraBay device retaining screw. This screw is optional as the UltraBay mechanism will hold the drive or battery in place anyway. The yellow marker at the front denotes the hard disk caddy retaining screw.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the extra RAM cover, by lifting where the screw was and pulling out.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift the keyboard, using a spudger at the seam between the keyboard and trackpad.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Turn the laptop right side up and open the screen.

  • Lift the keyboard, using a spudger at the seam between the keyboard and trackpad.

  • Careful of the ribbon cable underneath, which may tear if the keyboard is lifted too vigorously.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the keyboard.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Unplug the keyboard’s ribbon cable, by lifting up the edges of the plug.

  • Remove the keyboard.

Edit Step 5 Trackpad  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the five plastic stickers covering the screws on the front edge of the case.

Edit Step 5 Trackpad  ¶ 

  • Close the laptop and turn it over.

  • Remove the five plastic stickers covering the screws on the front edge of the case.

  • In order to reuse the stickers, remove them carefully.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the five screws that were hidden by the stickers.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift the trackpad assembly by placing hands on both edges and then pull towards you till it is free of the case.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Turn the computer right side up and open the screen.

  • Lift the trackpad assembly by placing hands on both edges and then pull towards you till it is free of the case.

  • Be careful of the ribbon cable underneath. It may tear if the trackpad is pulled too vigorously.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Unplug the trackpad’s ribbon cable by pulling on the white plastic tab.

Edit Step 9 Wireless Network Card  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9 Wireless Network Card  ¶ 

  • Pull off the one black and one white coaxial cables by lifting the tabs labeled main and aux (for auxiliary).

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Note: The card should pop up a little bit.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Push apart the retaining clips.

  • Note: The card should pop up a little bit.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Pull the wireless network card out.

Edit Step 12 Expansion Slot  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 Expansion Slot  ¶ 

  • Remove the screw on the left hand side of the case, above the expansion slot.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Once the sides are up, pull the border towards you and away from the screen.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Lift the black plastic border by lifting on either side.

  • Once the sides are up, pull the border towards you and away from the screen.

  • When lifting up, there are two pairs of plastic clips hooking into the fan grill. If you pull hard enough the border will come away, but it's better to push the clips with the spudger.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Pull the sheet metal cover away from slot.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Note: Try wiggling the slot from side to side until it comes out all the way.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Lift out the expansion slot by starting at the entrance hole and pulling upward.

  • Note: Try wiggling the slot from side to side until it comes out all the way.

Edit Step 16 Modem  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16 Modem  ¶ 

  • Remove the three screws holding down the modem in the upper left corner of the laptop.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Lift the modem up, unplugging it from the motherboard as you lift.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Unplug the other cable that attaches the modem to the motherboard

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Pull out the wire that connects the modem to the screen.

  • Unplug the other cable that attaches the modem to the motherboard

Edit Step 19 Screen  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the four screws on the back of the laptop, near the right and left hinges.

Edit Step 19 Screen  ¶ 

  • Close the computer screen.

  • Remove the four screws on the back of the laptop, near the right and left hinges.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the single screw that secures the left hinge to top of the computer.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Open the laptop screen.

  • Remove the single screw that secures the left hinge to top of the computer.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Remove a single screw from the metal plate that secures the display cable.

Edit Step 22  ¶ 

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Pull the metal plate away from the display cable.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the display cable.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Carefully pull up the long antenna cables that were attached to the wireless network card.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Lift out the screen.

Edit Step 26 Fan  ¶ 

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Edit Step 26 Fan  ¶ 

  • Unsnake the black cable from the black plastic frame.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Remove the sheet metal piece, which was underneath the modem.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Remove the rubber microphone cover in the upper left hand corner by lifting up the gray metal frame.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Lift away the gray metal frame.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove three other screws on the other side of the covers.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Remove three screws near the edge of the computer, holding the optical bay and HDD covers.

  • Remove three other screws on the other side of the covers.

  • You should have six screws in total, three of one size and three of another size.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Lift out the optical bay and HDD covers.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

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Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Lift out the black plastic frame.

Edit Step 33  ¶ 

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Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • Unplug the fan from the motherboard.

Edit Step 34  ¶ 

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Edit Step 34  ¶ 

  • Remove the three screws on the fan.

Edit Step 35  ¶ 

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Edit Step 35  ¶ 

  • Lift the fan out.

Edit Step 36 CPU  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Carefully pull the CPU out of its socket.

Edit Step 36 CPU  ¶ 

  • Turn the CPU retaining screw 90 degrees counterclockwise.

  • Carefully pull the CPU out of its socket.

Conclusion

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

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7 Comments

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You need to remove the battery, hard drive, and UltraDrive before starting step 1.

cak - Reply

If there's extra RAM under the cover, remove it by spreading the retaining clips.

cak - Reply

before this steep, you have to lift the cd drive.

marci - Reply

Do not try to pull the bottom part off. Unplug the top part only!

yvette2g - Reply

During removing cooler, you must maybe use a heat gun (or Hair dryer) directet on GPU part of cooler. By me, cooler was burnt on GPU and with heating of this part it goes better.

alienkos - Reply

why do you need to remove the CPU chip, the RAM and wireless card? Seems to me those could stay there.....

Todd Norman - Reply