In this post I explain how to take apart a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge laptop.
I’ll show how to:
1. Access laptop memory, hard drive, fan assembly.
2. Remove palmrest/touchpad assembly.
3. Disconnect and remove laptop keyboard.
4. Access wireless card and CMOS battery.
Before you start, make sure the laptop is turned off.
Remove main battery.
Loosen five screws securing the bottom cover. Under the bottom cover you’ll find laptop memory, hard drive, fan assembly.
Remove the bottom cover.
The bottom cover removed.
In order to remove the hard drive, slide it to the right and disconnect from the motherboard.
After that you can lift up and remove the hard drive assembly.
If you are replacing or upgrading the hard drive, you’ll have to transfer the mounting bracket to the new drive.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge laptop uses a regular 2.5″ SATA hard drive. Any large SATA hard drive should work fine in this laptop.
The cooling fan is a part of the heatsink assembly.
In order to remove the cooling fan assembly, you’ll have to loosen four screw securing the heatsink and disconnect fan cable from the motherboard.
After that you should be able to lift up and remove the fan assembly. If the cooling fan and heatsink look dusty, blow it off with compressed air.
Remove one screw securing the DVD drive.
Slide DVD drive to the left and remove it from the laptop.
I also removed a small cover located in the lower left corner of the laptop base but… I didn’t find anything under this cover.
I think, in some different ThinkPad Edge models there is a WWAN slot located under this cover.
There are four rubber plugs located on the bottom part of the laptop case.
These plugs hide screws securing the palmrest/touchpad assembly.
You can remove all four plugs with a sharp object.
Remove six screws securing the palmrest/touchpad assembly.
You can separate the palmrest assembly from the laptop base with a guitar pick.
Insert the guitar pick between the palmrest and base and slowly move along the side.
Carefully lift up the palmrest/touchpad assembly and place it upside down on the table.
Now you can access the touchpad cable which is connected to the motherboard.
In order to unlock the touchpad connector, lift up the brown clip in the direction shown on the following picture.
The connector clip opens up at a 90 degree angle.
Now you can pull the touchpad cable from the connector.
Remove the palmrest/touchpad assembly.
In the following steps I show how to disconnect and remove the laptop keyboard.
Remove two screws securing the laptop keyboard on the bottom.
There are three cables connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.
Two connectors are shown on the picture below.
The third connector hidden under the black ribbon cable.
Let’s disconnect all three cables one by one.
In order to unlock the first connector you’ll have to move the black clip about 2 millimeters to the direction shown by two arrows.
Do not separate the black clip from the white base. On the following picture the connector is shown in the UNLOCKED position. Do not move the black clip any further.
After the connector is unlocked, you can pull the ribbon cable.
Unlock the second connector same way you unlocked the first one.
Release the second cable.
As I mentioned earlier, the third keyboard connector located under the black ribbon cable.
Let’s disconnect the third connector.
Move the brown clip in the direction shown by the yellow arrow.
It will open up at a 90 degree angle.
After the connector is unlocked, you can pull the cable.
After all three connectors unlocked and cables released, you can remove the keyboard.
New keyboards for Lenovo ThinkPad Edge laptops available here.
The Lenovo keyboard part number printed on a sticker.
It’s FRU number: 60Y9743
The wireless card and CMOS battery locations shown on the following picture.
It’s not necessary to remove the keyboard in order to access the wireless card and CMOS battery.