In this guide I explain how to remove and replace the keyboard on an IBM ThinkPad T30 laptop.
This guide should work for many other IBM ThinkPad models because they all have similar cases.
You can easily remove and replace it at home yourself.
First of all, turn off the computer, unplug the power adapter and remove the battery.
Turn the laptop upside down and remove two screws securing the keyboard.
On a ThinkPad T30 both screws are marked with two small triangles as you can see on the picture below.
On some other models the screws are marked with a small keyboard print.
Insert a small flathead screwdriver between the keyboard and palm rest and carefully lift it up.
Remove the keyboard and place it on the palm rest.
It is still connected to the motherboard.
Carefully unplug the cable from the connector on the motherboard.
Now you can remove the old keyboard and replace it with a new one.
Most IBM parts have a FRU number on them. You can find a new keyboard for your laptop if you search by the FRU number printed on the back of the original one.
There could be more than one keyboard that fits your ThinkPad and they could have different FRU numbers.