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A screwdriver for my T42...

2008-12-03, 15:55 PM

Hello everyone.

 

I am Big Guy Zee and I've just signed up to the lenovo forums today with an issue that you guys could help me with. I've had my IBM T42 (model-type 2373-Q91) for over a year now and it's not too bad, it came with 1GB of RAM but as most of you know it can take 2GB of RAM. It can still be slow at times so I'm considering an upgrade.

 

Now unfortunately, Im pretty sure that both of my RAM slots are used up. One slot is easy to access (in the base, which is being used up) but the other is underneath the keyboard! (come on, why under there?) I know a place where I can get a couple of cheap1GB RAM sticks but there is one problem, for me to access that heard-to-reach slot I have to un-screw a lot of screws, and I can't find a decent screwdriver that's the right size. I've used the smallest I could find but still no luck.

 

So I was wondering, have any of you taken out the keyboard of your T42? What type of screwdriver did you use? Was it special in any way? Could I find it online (seeing as I'm from the UK)? 

 

I've got an OK screwdriver for the easy slot but a part of me wants to upgrade in full. Can you help?

 

Thank you

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Re: A screwdriver for my T42...

2008-12-03, 16:41 PM

Download this PDF: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/39t6192_01.pdf

 

And got to Document page 79 (PDF page 85) and follow the instructions.

 

hth

 

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Re: A screwdriver for my T42...

2008-12-03, 16:56 PM
Thanks for the PDF, do you (or anyone else reading this) think that I could match the quality of the screw with a type of screwdriver, or is that going a bit too deep?
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Re: A screwdriver for my T42...

2008-12-03, 17:03 PM

welcome to the forum!

 

the screws require a #1 phillips.   if you can find a #1 JIS phillips then that's even better.

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Re: A screwdriver for my T42...

2008-12-03, 17:03 PM

Ya, too deep. Any half-decent small "star" screwdriver will do fine. Just avoid those cheap, soft metal dollar store ones. :)

 

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Re: A screwdriver for my T42...

2008-12-03, 17:15 PM

Thanks erik for your welcome.:smileyhappy: There are quite a lot of #1 philips screwdrivers out there (well...on amazon at least), could narrow it down at all.

 

@Madi: You sure, because I've got a few small screwdrivers (one of them being a 75mmxNo.0 magnetic-tip star screwdriver) but they don't seem to lock on the screw, it just slides through as I turn, maybe they are too small...you think?

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Re: A screwdriver for my T42...

2008-12-03, 17:16 PM

Big_Guy_Zee wrote:
do you (or anyone else reading this) think that I could match the quality of the screw with a type of screwdriver, or is that going a bit too deep?

 

That's probably too deep.  It shouldn't cost that much to get good enough quality anyway.  I don't know where you'd get this over there, but I picked up a small set here in the US at Home Depot for less than $20 that includes enough small Torx/star/Phillips/flat-head screwdrivers to take apart most any notebook I've got here.

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Re: A screwdriver for my T42...

2008-12-04, 13:54 PM
OK guys, thanks for the help. I've decided to order the RAM with a set of precision screwdrivers, they should arrive by tomorrow. Hopefully at least ONE of them will work with my screws. Wish me luck people!
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Re: A screwdriver for my T42...

2008-12-05, 12:36 PM

Problem solved, and on top of upgrading my T42 to a speedy 2GB my keyboard is much better. Before my space bar (and some other buttons) would only work if you press it right in the centre, now it works even if I press it to the far side (not right on the edge but it's still an improvement.)

 

Unfortunately it wasn't the screwdrivers that I got that helped me, but a PC repair guy down the road help me loosen up the screws (he made it look so easy!), so I upgraded and tightened the screws myself.

 

Thanks for the help guys. I'll pop by if any more problems occur.

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