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Palm rest removal and installation - ThinkPad T61

Removing the palm rest

Note: To replace the PCI Express Mini Card or the Modem Daughter Card, you need to remove the palm rest and then the keyboard. To replace the memory, you need only to remove the palm rest.

  1. Turn off the computer; then disconnect the ac adapter and all cables from the computer. Wait for a few minutes, till the inside of the computer cools, before you start the following procedures.
  2. Close the computer display, and turn the computer over.
  3. Remove the battery.
  4. Remove the four screws that secure the palm rest.
    Removing screws

  5. Turn the computer over and open the display. Open up the palm rest in the direction shown by arrow (1) by picking up the projection tabs on the sides, and then release the palm rest from the computer (2).
    Bending the sides of palm rest

  6. Detach the fingerprint reader connector by pulling the tab with your fingers (3). Now the palm rest has been removed.
    Deatching fingerprint reader
Installing the palm rest

To reinstall the palm rest, do as follows:

  1. Attach the fingerprint reader connector.
    Attach fingerprint reader

  2. Press the left and right top edges of the palm rest to fit it into place.
    For ThinkPad T61 14.1-inch, ThinkPad T61 14.1-inch widescreen models:
    Press top edges

    For ThinkPad T61 15.4-inch widescreen models:
    Pressing top of edges

  3. Push the front side of the palm rest until it clicks into place.
    Push the front side

  4. Close the computer display, and turn the computer over. Reinstall the four screws for the palm rest.
    Reinstall screws
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