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Replacing the fan.

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  1. IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Unscrew the 20 Phillips screws on the underside of the T42.

    • For ease of reassembly, keep your screws organized.

  2. IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Rear Screws: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Unscrew the 2 Phillips screws on both sides of the T42's rear.

  3. IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Keyboard/Trackpad Removal: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Flip the laptop over and open the screen.

    • The bezel and keyboard will be loose, be careful.

  4. IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Disconnecting Ribbon Cables: step 4, image 1 of 2 IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Disconnecting Ribbon Cables: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully maneuver the palm rest away from the keyboard, as both the keyboard and palm rest/trackpad will come off together.

    • Remember, both the keyboard and trackpad have connectors to the motherboard. Disconnect these before completely removing either component.

  5. IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Disassembling IBM ThinkPad T42 Plastic Edge Cover: step 5, image 1 of 2 IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Disassembling IBM ThinkPad T42 Plastic Edge Cover: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Starting from the bottom right, carefully remove off the bezel. Use a spudger or flat head screwdriver if needed.

  6. IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Lower Bracket Removal: step 6, image 1 of 2 IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Lower Bracket Removal: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • The metal bracket will now be free to move, grasp it and remove it from the device.

  7. IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Remove the Microphone Cover: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the small rubber piece that is covering the T42's microphone,

  8. IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Fan Removal: step 8, image 1 of 2 IBM ThinkPad T42 Fan Replacement, Fan Removal: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Unscrew the 3 screws on the copper heatsink.

    • Now, unplug the connection to the motherboard..

    • Due to the nature of old thermal paste, it might take some force to remove the heatsink.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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How about you just down the freely available Hardware Maintenance Manual (HMM) for the laptop. They are downloadable in PDF format, and very well done.

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It doesnt take this much, if you remove the palm rest and keyboard you can get it at an angle it slides straight out.

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