How to: Disassembly of IBM Thinkpad 710T

So there is not much info about the IBM Thinkpad 710T, and since I have one in need of restoration I decided to make this instructable. Here I will disassemble the unit and show you pictures of all the components, materials and such that comprise one of the early tablet notebooks from IBM.
The Thinkpad 710T is the top of the line laptop/tablet for 1993. It is made of Magnesium, and it looks cool. Has a stylus pen with a button, many peripheral connectors, PCMCIA card slot and monochrome LCD display. The OS is "Windows for Pen Computing". There were two kinds, one with HDD and one with Flash Card for the OS. The RAM is up-gradable as well.

This is it, my battered and ugly Thinkpad 710T.

Back of the Thinkpad, you can see the decaying rubber coating.

This is the main battery assy. It has 18 cells and is heavy.

This is the back you can see the cell makeup, they are Ni-Cd or nickel–cadmium batteries inside.

Here I cut the battery open. I used hobby knife, but a dremel rotary tool with a cutting disc can also separate the two halves.

Here is the disassembled battery and all its parts.

Here is the computer without the top cover. The LCD assy. is mounted to a main frame made of Magnesium, just like the top and bottom of the Thinkpad.

The back of the top cover/LCD frame.

The stand-by switch removed.

LED adjustment board.

On-Off and power input.

LCD and digitizer connectors.

Fancy main board stay.

Pretty backup battery. I think just some models for specific markets had this feature.

Main board out in the open.

Back of the main board.

Original IBM Hard Disc with 60MB capacity.

Battery latch.

Bottom of the Thinkpad.

Magnesium AZ-91D, this specification is for casting products.

This is the top bezel/LCD frame. It is made of two parts that are glued together - ABS+PC and MG.

The RAM module. This is very hard to find part., These modules were specifically made for IBM, and they cannot be replaced easily with another module of the same footprint.

Back of the RAM module.

A picture of the connectors on the side. There is also a base connector on the other side, but what base it is meant for I cannot find.

This are the pen and com port doors.
The construction is very well done and all the parts of these doors are easy to remove and replace if you have a replacement part, or if you need to refinish and in my case to restore the rubberized appearance.

Pen door.

This is the com port door.


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