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T420 keyboard replace with T430 keyboard

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T420 keyboard replace with T430 keyboard

#1 Post by Bako123 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:52 pm

Hi,

I have a T420 and I want replace my keyboard with new T430 keyboard. Have somebody experience with this? Will it work fine? I want a backlight keyboard, but I want my T420.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: T420 keyboard replace with T430 keyboard

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:53 pm

Why don't you just upgrade to a T430?
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Re: T420 keyboard replace with T430 keyboard

#3 Post by Bako123 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:58 pm

Because my T420 is very fine, and this is a cheaper solution.

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Re: T420 keyboard replace with T430 keyboard

#4 Post by Kielbasa » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:32 pm

Here is a good example of what it takes to adopt a keyboard to a ThinkPad:

viewtopic.php?f=69&t=120776&hilit=classic+keyboard+x230

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Re: T420 keyboard replace with T430 keyboard

#5 Post by dr_st » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:09 pm

Besides, that's going the other way. I don't think anyone made an EC mod for *20 series to take a *30 keyboard with all keys recognized properly. I'm not even sure if the backlight can be made to work, and that's the entire point of the swap as I understand it.
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