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The trackpad or touchpad works as the mouse on your laptop device. You use your fingers to move the cursor and to select items on the screen. If the trackpad of your Lenovo ThinkPad T480 needs to be replaced, this guide will walk you through the steps.

Generally, trackpads are pretty durable. If you are having problems with your trackpad, first check to make sure that it is enabled as well as its other settings. If they are okay, you may need a new driver. If none of these things fix your issue it may be time to replace your trackpad.

Prior to beginning your repair, disable the internal battery, power off the laptop and finally unplug it from any external power source.

  1. Disable the battery, power down, and unplug your device before you begin. Flip the laptop over so the bottom of the device is showing.
    • Disable the battery, power down, and unplug your device before you begin.

    • Flip the laptop over so the bottom of the device is showing.

  2. Using your fingers, slide the lock on each side of the battery to the unlocked position. Remove the battery from the slot. Remove the battery from the slot.
    • Using your fingers, slide the lock on each side of the battery to the unlocked position.

    • Remove the battery from the slot.

  3. Use the Phillips #1 screwdriver to loosen the two screws parallel to the battery compartment.
    • Use the Phillips #1 screwdriver to loosen the two screws parallel to the battery compartment.

  4. Open the laptop so the keyboard is facing you.
    • Open the laptop so the keyboard is facing you.

  5. Push the keyboard towards the screen and away from the trackpad and then slide it out towards you gently. The keyboard is connected to the board by two ribbon connectors. Be careful not to rip the connectors when you flip the keyboard over.
    • Push the keyboard towards the screen and away from the trackpad and then slide it out towards you gently.

    • The keyboard is connected to the board by two ribbon connectors.

    • Be careful not to rip the connectors when you flip the keyboard over.

  6. Flip the keyboard over towards you to expose the backside of the keyboard and the two ribbon connectors. Using the black nylon spudger, flip the  first ribbon connector lock open. Slide the first connector out. Using the black nylon spudger, flip the  first ribbon connector lock open. Slide the first connector out.
    • Flip the keyboard over towards you to expose the backside of the keyboard and the two ribbon connectors.

    • Using the black nylon spudger, flip the first ribbon connector lock open. Slide the first connector out.

  7. Using the black nylon spudger, unlock the second ribbon connector and slide it out from the port. Using the black nylon spudger, unlock the second ribbon connector and slide it out from the port. Using the black nylon spudger, unlock the second ribbon connector and slide it out from the port.
    • Using the black nylon spudger, unlock the second ribbon connector and slide it out from the port.

  8. Remove the keyboard from the laptop. Remove the keyboard from the laptop.
    • Remove the keyboard from the laptop.

  9. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, loosen the six captive screws. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, loosen the six captive screws.
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, loosen the six captive screws.

  10. Insert the blue plastic opening tool into the space between the lower case and the chassis. Slide the opening tool around the perimeter of the case to release the clips holding the case and the chassis together. Remove the back case.
    • Insert the blue plastic opening tool into the space between the lower case and the chassis.

    • Slide the opening tool around the perimeter of the case to release the clips holding the case and the chassis together.

    • Remove the back case.

  11. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 4.6 mm screws securing the internal battery to the frame. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 4.6 mm screws securing the internal battery to the frame.
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 4.6 mm screws securing the internal battery to the frame.

  12. Use the spudger to slide the battery socket connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard. Use the spudger to slide the battery socket connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard. Use the spudger to slide the battery socket connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard.
    • Use the spudger to slide the battery socket connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  13. Using the black nylon spudger, wedge the battery up from the case and lift it out. Using the black nylon spudger, wedge the battery up from the case and lift it out. Using the black nylon spudger, wedge the battery up from the case and lift it out.
    • Using the black nylon spudger, wedge the battery up from the case and lift it out.

  14. Pull the black plastic sheet back to reveal the RAM stick. Using your fingers, pull the metal arms (located on both sides of the RAM stick) slightly away from it . The RAM will pop up by a few millimeters.
    • Pull the black plastic sheet back to reveal the RAM stick.

    • Using your fingers, pull the metal arms (located on both sides of the RAM stick) slightly away from it .

    • The RAM will pop up by a few millimeters.

    • Remove it at an angle and not straight up so you don't damage the socket.

  15. Slide the RAM stick out from the memory module slot. Repeat for the RAM stick located below. This computer did not have RAM in the slot below however.
    • Slide the RAM stick out from the memory module slot.

    • Repeat for the RAM stick located below. This computer did not have RAM in the slot below however.

  16. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the single 3.6 mm screw at the top of the Wi-Fi card attaching it to the motherboard.
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the single 3.6 mm screw at the top of the Wi-Fi card attaching it to the motherboard.

  17. Insert the point of a spudger under one of the antenna cables close to the connector. Pry straight up to disconnect the cable off of the Wi-Fi card. Be careful as you pry the cables off of the Wi-Fi card as they are fragile and easily damaged.
    • Insert the point of a spudger under one of the antenna cables close to the connector. Pry straight up to disconnect the cable off of the Wi-Fi card.

    • Be careful as you pry the cables off of the Wi-Fi card as they are fragile and easily damaged.

  18. Slide the Wi-Fi card out from the slot to remove it from the board. Slide the Wi-Fi card out from the slot to remove it from the board.
    • Slide the Wi-Fi card out from the slot to remove it from the board.

  19. Using an IC extractor or black nylon spudger, unplug the connector from the socket on the motherboard. This connector may be very difficult to remove and is easily damaged. Be careful that you don't damage the port when removing the coin cell battery connector.
    • Using an IC extractor or black nylon spudger, unplug the connector from the socket on the motherboard.

    • This connector may be very difficult to remove and is easily damaged. Be careful that you don't damage the port when removing the coin cell battery connector.

  20. Using the black nylon spudger, pry the coin cell battery off of the motherboard. The coin cell battery is stuck to the board with a light adhesive.
    • Using the black nylon spudger, pry the coin cell battery off of the motherboard.

    • The coin cell battery is stuck to the board with a light adhesive.

  21. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, loosen the four captive screws in the arm of the heatsink. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, loosen the four captive screws in the arm of the heatsink.
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, loosen the four captive screws in the arm of the heatsink.

  22. Use the black nylon spudger to slide the fan connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard. Use the black nylon spudger to slide the fan connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard.
    • Use the black nylon spudger to slide the fan connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  23. Lift the fan assembly off of the board. Prior to replacing your fan assembly, remember to apply thermal paste. Prior to replacing your fan assembly, remember to apply thermal paste.
    • Lift the fan assembly off of the board.

    • Prior to replacing your fan assembly, remember to apply thermal paste.

  24. Using the black nylon spudger, lift the connector lock up. Disconnect the storage cable from the system board. Disconnect the storage cable from the system board.
    • Using the black nylon spudger, lift the connector lock up.

    • Disconnect the storage cable from the system board.

  25. Lift the hard drive up with a tab if it has one or with your spudger. Lift the drive assembly from the system. Lift the drive assembly from the system.
    • Lift the hard drive up with a tab if it has one or with your spudger.

    • Lift the drive assembly from the system.

  26. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove three 4.6 mm screws from the I/O bracket. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove three 4.6 mm screws from the I/O bracket.
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove three 4.6 mm screws from the I/O bracket.

  27. Lift the I/O bracket off the motherboard. Lift the I/O bracket off the motherboard.
    • Lift the I/O bracket off the motherboard.

  28. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the three 4.1 mm screws from the RJ45 bracket. Lift the bracket off of the motherboard. Lift the bracket off of the motherboard.
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the three 4.1 mm screws from the RJ45 bracket.

    • Lift the bracket off of the motherboard.

  29. Use the black nylon spudger  to lift up the small locking flap  on the power button cable's ZIF connector. Slide the power button cable out of the ZIF connector. Slide the power button cable out of the ZIF connector.
    • Use the black nylon spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the power button cable's ZIF connector.

    • Slide the power button cable out of the ZIF connector.

  30. Using the black nylon spudger, disconnect the LCD cable from the motherboard. Using the black nylon spudger, disconnect the LCD cable from the motherboard. Using the black nylon spudger, disconnect the LCD cable from the motherboard.
    • Using the black nylon spudger, disconnect the LCD cable from the motherboard.

  31. Use the tip of a spudger or an opening tool, to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the camera cable connector to remove  the cable from the motherboard. Use the tip of a spudger or an opening tool, to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the camera cable connector to remove  the cable from the motherboard. Use the tip of a spudger or an opening tool, to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the camera cable connector to remove  the cable from the motherboard.
    • Use the tip of a spudger or an opening tool, to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the camera cable connector to remove the cable from the motherboard.

  32. Using the black nylon spudger, remove the NFC cable connector and trackpad connector from the motherboard. Using the black nylon spudger, remove the NFC cable connector and trackpad connector from the motherboard. Using the black nylon spudger, remove the NFC cable connector and trackpad connector from the motherboard.
    • Using the black nylon spudger, remove the NFC cable connector and trackpad connector from the motherboard.

  33. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove seven 3.6 mm screws from the motherboard. Lift the motherboard off of the case to remove it. Lift the motherboard off of the case to remove it.
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove seven 3.6 mm screws from the motherboard.

    • Lift the motherboard off of the case to remove it.

  34. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver remove the four 3.1 mm screws from the chassis. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver remove the four 3.1 mm screws from the chassis.
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver remove the four 3.1 mm screws from the chassis.

  35. Using the black nylon spudger, remove the ribbon cable connected to the trackpad. Using the black nylon spudger, remove the ribbon cable connected to the trackpad. Using the black nylon spudger, remove the ribbon cable connected to the trackpad.
    • Using the black nylon spudger, remove the ribbon cable connected to the trackpad.

  36. Lift the chassis up and the trackpad will fall out. Lift the chassis up and the trackpad will fall out.
    • Lift the chassis up and the trackpad will fall out.

Заключение

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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