Cracking Open Lenovo IdeaPad K1: Complete teardown
The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 wasn't difficult to disassemble, but would-be K1 service people should know the following:
- The battery can be replaced, but at least one of the screws is hidden under a pair of ribbon cables and a piece of tape.
- The outer metal bezel should be removed before removing the motherboard.
- Most of the internal components (card readers, ports/jacks, buttons, etc.) are mounted to separate PCBs. The PCBs are easy to remove, but held in place with lots of screws.
- Separating the digitizer (front panel) from the LCD display requires removing (and likely damaging) several pieces of thin metal foil.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.