Not to fork the discussion too much, but what are the opinions of the L
series wrt maintenance?


On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 6:35 PM, Bryan Linton <> wrote:

> On 2018-04-06 15:32:19, "Mke C>" <> wrote:
> >
> > I'm also curious to hear from anyone who has performed this procedure and
> > has any wise insights to share or thoughts & prayers to offer an
> > unsuspecting victim.
> >
> If you're looking for a maunal, the magic phrase is "hardware
> maintenance manual" plus your model of Thinkpad.
> Lenovo is usually pretty good about keeping these accessible on
> their website, but sometimes older models can get buried
> somewhere.  I tried searching for it at and it didn't
> pop out immediately, so you might have better luck finding it at
> some third-party sites.
> The IBM/Lenovo HMMs are very detailed manuals with good
> descriptions and lots of pictures, and should be all you need.
> That being said, I highly recommend checking out some third-party
> websites (or even searching for a video on youtube).  I've replaced
> screens in a T60 and T440p, and the HMM says to do more
> disassembly than is really necessary.
> One has to somewhat precariously balance the screen on a towel
> placed on the keyboard while one is working and to also be wary of
> the cables holding it so they don't break, but it saved me from
> having to completely strip the system down to the frame like the
> HMM recommended.
> Third-party sites can also tell you about other caveats.  E.g. the
> T61t models have the bezel around the screen glued on with some
> *really* strong adhesive.  I was careful and managed to remove it
> over the course of about 20-30 minutes, but many people
> recommended just purchasing a replacement bezel because of how
> likely it is to break and to just rip it off in pieces.
> The HMMs will give you all you need to replace whatever parts you
> want, but the third-party sites will give you extra tips like the
> above.
> All in all, the Thinkpads are generally easy to work on if one is
> even minimally handy.  With most models, it mostly just involves
> removing and replacing screws.  In my experience, the T and X
> series have been very easy to work on.  The W series is basically
> an extension of the T series, so they should be easy to work on
> as well.
> I haven't looked at the newer ultralight models like the Yoga or
> X1 Carbon yet, but at least the workhorse laptops are easy to work
> on.
> --
> Bryan
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