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TAKING APART A T40 THINKPAD

I NEED TO TAKE APART A T40 THINKPAD AND HAVE TAKEN THE FOUR SCREWS ON THE BACK OUT BUT THE KEYBOARD IS STILL FIRMLY ATTACHED. HOW DO I TAKE IT APART?

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Try the manual on IBM  http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-46464

this requires adobe acrobat reader

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