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Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2008-07-11, 0:17 AM
Hi, I just received my T61p ThinkPad, and out of the box the left-click touch pad button is loose. When I press down on left side of the button, the right side lifts off and rises. Right now the only the left side of the button is attached as the right side clip has detached. I'm wondering if its possible to repair this myself, or whether it'd be better/easier to just call Lenovo? Thanks for any help!
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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2008-07-11, 1:44 AM

I suggest that you call Lenovo. If it is that loose, it could be an indication that the laptop has experienced some damage.

Be safe. Check it out.

 

 

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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2008-07-11, 1:53 AM

My T60 has the same problem. This is a VERY POOR design for the keys. The key clips down onto a wire clip underneath the key. The plastic wears and the key will be loose on the clip. I dis-assembled the Keypad and Made a VERY small hole in the Key and wrapped a staple around the key and clip. A new key would soon wear and have the same problem without using the Staple.


http://my.execpc.com/B0/BE/pav/pav/TouchKey.jpg

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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2008-07-11, 13:06 PM

 

Well I called Lenovo Canada, and looks like they'll be sending me a new palmrest with the news trackpad and buttons for self-installation. It doesn't seem difficult from the looks of the hardware manual, so I have high hopes that I'll be able to replace it. Thanks for all the help and suggestions! 

 

 

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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2008-08-06, 3:50 AM

Thank you for noting this.  I have the exact same problem with a T61p that is only one month old.

 

At first, only one side of the left touch pad button would pop up.   Now both sides are popping up.   It is a like a see-saw.  If you push down on one end of the button,  the other side pops up.   This design needs to be improved.

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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2008-09-03, 19:31 PM

I've had my T61p for about 10 months and the left trackpad button just started having this problem.  My system is still under warranty, so I created a service request at IBM's Electronic Service Call site (https://www-930.ibm.com/support/esc/home.jsp).  They called me back within an hour to confirm the problem, which I described as "a loose left trackpad button, where the left side of the button lifts up when the right side of the button is pressed".  The rep found the replacement part number, and they will be sending a "palm rest" self-service replacement kit in the mail in the next few days.  This is much preferred to having to ship my whole laptop for service, thanks Lenovo for the great service!

Message Edited by Pseudothink on 09-03-2008 12:34 PM
Thinkpad T61p - 15.4" WSXGA+ Samsung LCD - nvidia Quadro FX 570M 256MB - T7300 2.0 GHz - 1 GB RAM - 100 GB Hitachi 7200 RPM - Intel WiFi ABGN - Fingerprint Reader - Windows XP 32-bit - 3DMark06 score: 3965
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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2008-09-03, 19:56 PM
I find customer self replacement kit to be one of the things that make Thinkpad different from other laptops make.
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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2009-04-03, 4:09 AM

I have the same problem (left button is loose) on my T60.  It is 2 years old and out of warantee.  IBM (and other companies) will sell me the palm rest, but there is nothing about a user installation kit.

 

What else do I need?  The info at   http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-62741#4    doesn't mention anything else.

 

Thanks

Ron

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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2009-04-05, 15:47 PM

You shouldn't need anything else. The palm rest basically includes the touchpad and its buttons, and the fingerprint reader if you have the option. Once you receive the palm rest, just follow the instructions from the PDF file to install it. Its rather simple to install, and is no different than changing RAM on the laptop.

 

Hopes this helps! 

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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2009-04-05, 18:05 PM

I never did that specific replacement but I did have to replace the entire keyboard on my T42 a couple of years ago and must say that it was really easy to do. This is the good part...

 

The not so good part is, in view of all the key failures I have known about, it seems that the keys on IBM/Lenovo laptops would greatly benefit from an improved design. They seem to be quite prone to playing all these little pranks on you...

 

They are still great machines, though. And the quality of service is broadly recognized as far above the competition.

 

 

 

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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2012-03-08, 14:57 PM

Paul, your solution worked perfectly.  Now I just need to find a way to update my T60 so Windows 7 will run on it...

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Re: Loose touchpad button on new T61p

2012-03-09, 2:29 AM

Thanks. I think that the T60 ia very well designed EXCEPT for the 2 Touchpad Buttons. They are VERY Flimsy and poorly designed.

 

Their design is entirely out of character with the overall quality of the Thinkpad.

 

I do use Tapping on the Touchpad and the upper (UltraNav) set of 3 keys most of the time.

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