identify the exact type of your ThinkPad get the right fan assembly, in this case FRU P/N: 42W2779 disconnect power-supply
  • identify the exact type of your ThinkPad

  • get the right fan assembly, in this case FRU P/N: 42W2779

  • disconnect power-supply

  • detach battery

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find all five screws with the shown symbols and unscrew them find all five screws with the shown symbols and unscrew them
  • find all five screws with the shown symbols and unscrew them

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unscrew all the shown screws These ones are tiny
  • unscrew all the shown screws

  • These ones are tiny

  • watch the sizes of the screws

On Step 3 on the top left, the screw to remove is actually the one next to the red circle not the one in the circle.

MaKr0 - Reply

Step 3 Pic 1: The red circled screws alone are not enough! All screws at the corners must be removed, or else the bezel is still screwed onto.

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remove the palm rest carefully If you have a touchpad or fingerprint reader watch the cables
  • remove the palm rest carefully

  • If you have a touchpad or fingerprint reader watch the cables

  • blow the dust away

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lift the keyboard carefully watch the cable Use a spudger to detach the cable
  • lift the keyboard carefully

  • watch the cable

  • Use a spudger to detach the cable

  • lift the keyboad and leave it on the side

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just for reference: images showing the keyboard-connector blow the dust away blow the dust away
  • just for reference: images showing the keyboard-connector

  • blow the dust away

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unscrew the left and right screw of the keyboard bezel and speakers unscrew the left and right screw of the keyboard bezel and speakers
  • unscrew the left and right screw of the keyboard bezel and speakers

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unscrew the first two screws of the shielding unscrew the first two screws of the shielding
  • unscrew the first two screws of the shielding

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carefully lift the wireless antenna cable from the cable guide unscrew the last two screws from the keyboard bezel unscrew the last two screws from the keyboard bezel
  • carefully lift the wireless antenna cable from the cable guide

  • unscrew the last two screws from the keyboard bezel

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watch the claws of the bezel (Sorry, no image!) carefully pull out the keyboard bezel
  • watch the claws of the bezel (Sorry, no image!)

  • carefully pull out the keyboard bezel

  • flip the bezel 180°

  • watch the cables

This is a really great procedure. My comment is very close to the one above.

At step 10, between the first and second bullet:

Close the screen and flip the computer over.

Remove the two screws at the backside upper edges. this will free up the keyboard bezel. (Look at the screws pictured in step 3 circled in red.)

On the left, the screw to remove is a the 5 o'clock position to the red circle.

On the right, the screw to remove is at the 2 o'clock position to the red circle.

Flip the computer back over and open it up with the screen at a 90 degree angle to the keyboard (now removed)

In this position it will be much easier to remove the keyboard bezel.

Thanks again, my wife was very happy to get her computer back in working order.

James

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remove the wireless antenna cable from the cable guide of the fan assembly
  • remove the wireless antenna cable from the cable guide of the fan assembly

  • you might want to use a metal spudger to widen the cable guide if necessary

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unscrew the fist, tiny screw of the clip unscrew the longer screw of the clip
  • unscrew the fist, tiny screw of the clip

  • unscrew the longer screw of the clip

  • remove the clip

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remove the shorter screw of the second clip remove the longer screw of the second clip
  • remove the shorter screw of the second clip

  • remove the longer screw of the second clip

  • remove the clip

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remove the last two screws of the fan assembly detach the power cord with a spudger
  • remove the last two screws of the fan assembly

  • detach the power cord with a spudger

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CPU with thermal grease other chip with termal grease
  • CPU with thermal grease

  • other chip with termal grease

  • carfully lift the fan assembly

  • you may need to pull a little more because of the thermal grease

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blow the dust away take a spudger and remove the old thermal grease
  • blow the dust away

  • take a spudger and remove the old thermal grease

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get a paper-wiper wrap the wiper around the spudger
  • get a paper-wiper

  • wrap the wiper around the spudger

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get some alcohol on the wiper clean the CPU with the wiper
  • get some alcohol on the wiper

  • clean the CPU with the wiper

  • clean the chip with the wiper

  • Ensure there is no old thermal grease left

  • Follow this guide to add new thermal paste to the CPU.

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now place the new fan assembly pay attention to the thermal grease on the backside of your new fan assembly press down the CPU- and chip-connector
  • now place the new fan assembly

  • pay attention to the thermal grease on the backside of your new fan assembly

  • press down the CPU- and chip-connector

  • don't forget to plugin the power cable of the fan assembly

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Conclusion

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

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Dennis

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This worked perfectly for a couple of my IBM Lenovo R61s. It was spot on except in step 3 you need to remove both screws by the red circles in order to the get inside bezel off, for the R61 anyway. Thanks for the great tutorial!

tech4eleven - Reply

Excellent guide! It took me less than 1 hour to complete all the steps, and get my R61 up and running again! Thanks a lot

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