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Lenovo ThinkPad T540p Disassembly

In this guide, I’ll explain how to disassemble Lenovo ThinkPad T540p to remove and replace the SSD, keyboard, palm rest, wireless card, RAM, heat sink and cooling fan, speaker, and motherboard.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T540p

the back of Lenovo ThinkPad T540p

Unlock and remove the battery
remove battery

Remove one screw securing wireless card cover and remove the cover. You can access the wireless card and a spare NGFF slot.
remove SSD cover

Disconnect two antennas and remove one screw, you can remove the wireless card.
remove wireless card

Here’s wireless card.
ThinkPad T540p wireless card

Remove two screws securing the service cover and remove the service cover.
Remove service cover screws

The Lenovo ThinkPad T540p has two memory slots, a mini PCI-E slot (already installed wireless card) and an NGFF SSD slot.
Remove service cover

Samsung 8GB PC3L-12800S RAM
Remove RAM memory

Lenovo ThinkPad T540p RAM

Remove one screw securing the SSD and remove it.
The Lenovo ThinkPad T540p features a Samsung 256G 2.5″ SSD.
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p 2.5 inch SSD
The back of SSD

Remove the screws that hold the optical drive.
Remove optical drive screw

Pull out the optical drive.
Remove optical drive

The laptop features a Panasonic UJ-862 9.5mm SATA optical drive.
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p optical drive

ThinkPad T540p keyboard design is very special, filling the border between their keycaps can slide up and down. Beneath his keyboard has three grooves, through their border between keycaps can be pushed up, after the six screws that secure the keyboard will be revealed, they can be removed individually loosen the keyboard.
Remove keyboard

Remove the keyboard and palm rest.
Remove palm rest

The keyboard has been removed.
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p keyboard

The back of the keyboard
The back of the keyboard

remove roll cage

Under the palm rest, you can get access to the heat sink and cooling fan.
roll cage

Loosen seven screws securing the heat sink and disconnect the cooling fan cable from the motherboard. You can remove the heat sink and cooling fan.
remove heat sink screws

The heat sink and cooling fan
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p heat sink

Lenovo ThinkPad T540p cooling fan

Motherboard
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p motherboard

Lenovo ThinkPad T540p ports

Graphics card
Graphics card

Intel processor
Intel processor

Motherboard part 1

Motherboard part 2

Motherboard part 3

Lenovo ThinkPad T540p internal pictures

For more guides, check out the Lenovo ThinkPad T540p device page.

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5 Comments

  1. Can you tell me which M.2 SSD cards fit into the lenovo t540p? And does it go right next to the WL Lan card? Thanks

  2. Hi,

    I’m having issues with removing the service cover of the wireless card cover – I feel like I’m going to break it. I’ve removed the service cover over the optical drive but can’t seem to put it back into place – is there a trick to it?

    Let me know soon!!

    1. I hope, you have fixed it in the meantime. There is only one screw. Just loose it (it won’n come out; its secured to fall apart. After that just pull the cover a bit.

  3. Hi,
    Thanks for the amazing article, I bought this laptop but didn’t select the Nvidia Graphics card when I ordered it from Lenovo and now I’m regretting it, I would like to know if it is possible to remove the integrated Intel graphics card (I called Lenovo and they said it was already soldered to the motherboard) and install my own graphics card on it? I do notice there is no pci-express slot or anything like it. If at all possible could you help me with a small guide on how to uninstall the existing Intel Graphics Card and Replace it with a new one?. Thanks very much!!

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