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Lenovo ThinkPad T460s Disassembly and SSD, RAM upgrade options

In this guide, I will explain how to disassemble a Lenovo ThinkPad T460s in order to remove the bottom case, SSD, RAM, hard drive, wireless card, cooling fan, speaker and motherboard.

1. Removing the bottom cover

Remove all screws securing the bottom cover.

Pry up and remove the bottom cover.

With the bottom cover removed, you will be able to access the battery, SSD, RAM, wireless card, speaker, heat sink and cooling fan.

2. Remove the battery

Remove all screws securing the battery and disconnect the battery connector from the motherboard.
Take out the battery from the laptop.
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s comes with two batteries to get better battery life.

The battery is beside the LCD hinge, the capacity of 24Wh.

11.25V, 1920mAh, 24Wh Li-ion battery, Lenovo P/N: SB10F46460, 00HW022.

Here is another battery, which is beside the RAM module.

11.4V, 2130mAh, 26Wh Li-ion battery, Lenovo P/N: SB10J79002, 01AV405.

Compared to two batteries, we found that the short battery capacity is larger than the long battery.

3. Removing the RAM

Separate the clips and take out the RAM.
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s has 8GB RAM is soldering on the motherboard.

The ThinkPad T460s features a Micron 8GB PCD4-2133P RAM. If necessary, you can upgrade it to 16GB RAM.

4. Removing the SSD

Remove one screw securing the SSD and pull out it from its slot.

The ThinkPad T460s comes with a Toshiba 512GB M.2 SSD. Lenovo P/N: 04X4451.

5. Removing the wireless card

Remove one screw securing the wireless card and unplug two antenna cables.
Take out the card from its slot.

Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260NGW wireless card. The card supports 802.11ac, dual band, 2×2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 4.1.

6. Removing the heat sink and cooling fan

Loosen six screws securing the heat sink and disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard.

7. Removing the motherboard

Disconnect all cables from the motherboard and remove all screws securing the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the motherboard from the laptop.

The back of the motherboard covered with a layer of graphite stickers, it can prevent static electricity, there is a role is heat radiation.

Red: Intel® Core™ i7-6600U 2.60 GHz Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz) with Intel® HD Graphics 520
Blue: NVIDIA GeForce 930M 2GB DDR3
Orange: 2GB DDR3 video memory

Red: Realtek ALC3245 sound card
Blue: ThinkEngine MEC1653-BA1 chip
Orange: ThinkEngine DB4178GS chip
Jade Green: Parade PS83378 USB 3.0 Driver chip

The ThinkPad T460s have 2GB video memory, 1GB on the front of the motherboard, 1GB on the back of the motherboard.
Samsung SEC628 K4W4616 memory chip, single of 512MB

Here’s 8GB RAM onboard. Samsung SEC628 K4AAG16, single of 2GB.

NCP 81208 CPU power supply controller

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  1. Thank you for the guide.
    What is the WWAN slot?
    If my T460s doesn’t have Nvidia chip, i can install it?

  2. Hi David,
    I plugged in a USB cable to my Thinkpad T460s and immediately screen went off. Later I came to know that USB cable was faulty.
    Later I was able to start the system by press and hold Start button number of times, but the screen started flickering. I followed some online instructions also like uninstall and install display drivers but in vain.
    if you can suggest the possible reason of screen flickering.

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