Question about IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC
Close the laptop and flip it upside down on a table. There will be 3-4 screws on the bottom with a rectangular icon embossed next to them that looks something like a keyboard. Remove these screws.
Flip the computer back right side up and open the display as far as it will go. Look at the top of the keyboard and see if there are four small plastic sliders between keys on the top row of keys. Most models have these, but not all. If you do have them, use a small flat bladed screwdriver to slide them towards you appoximately 1/8 inch.
Finally, gently pry under the top of the keyboard(where the F keys are) to pivot the keyboard out of the computer. With some models there is double sided tape under the keyboard so there may be some resistance. However, don't force it to hard or you will break it if you missed a screw. With a few models, there will be 1 or 2 screws hidden under access panels, i.e. memory, hard drive, etc. so be careful of this. If it doesn't come off relatively easy, search for more screws on the back.
Finally, you need to remove the cable from the motherboard. There is a plastic compression connector for this that you will need to gently pry out with a small flat bladed screwdriver. This will release the tension on the cable and it can easily be pulled out afterwards. If you try to pull it out before releasing this you will almost certainly damaged the cable.
The palm rest is part of the top cover assembly. You will have to remove a lot of the guts of the laptop to get this out. Here is a link to the service manual where you can find some good drawings and the proper procedure:
It also describes keyboard removal but there are a few steps not covered very well which is why I added the above paragraphs.
Posted on Jul 12, 2009
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