Lenovo Thinkpad T430 “Classic” 7 Row Keyboard Installation / Mod

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Today I am finally going to replace the awful chiclet / island style keyboard on my Lenovo Thinkpad T430 with a more traditional 7-row row keyboard from the Lenovo T420. Along the way I discovered the easiest way to install the 7-row keyboard into the T430 which required absolutely no modifications to the keyboard or palmrest. It turns out that this was a very easy modification and, if done right, should only take 15 – 20 mins to complete.

====Resources====

Thinkwiki: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Install_Classic_Keyboard_on_xx30_Series_ThinkPads

T430 maintenance manual: https://thinkpads.com/support/hmm/hmm_pdf/t430_t430i_hmm_en_0b48304_03.pdf

New firmware for the keyboard (not tested at this point): https://github.com/hamishcoleman/thinkpad-ec

New T420 keyboard: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575159861&toolid=10001&campid=5337833996&customid=&icep_item=231997867895&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

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1 Comment

  1. Seb

    I am having issues with flashing the BIOS…even though I did it exactly like the instructions tell me, and the Lenovo DOS program appears to work and everything, I am still left with the T430 layout. Help!!!!

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