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Install camera from one t500 into another

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Install camera from one t500 into another

#1 Post by mbr12 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:07 pm

Hi,
I have a t5500 with a dead mobo, but it has a camera in the lid. I also have a good t500 without cam.
Can I just swap the cam unit and bezel from the bad one into the good one? It it just a matter of disconnecting the connector, or do I have to take the lcd off the old one and remove the entire ribbon cable?
Does the t500 without the cam have the circuitry for the cam or is it not that simple?
Thanks

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Re: Install camera from one t500 into another

#2 Post by TPFanatic » Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:48 pm

Remove power and battery first.

You are correct only the front bezel needs to be removed for the swap. With the front bezel off you just need to disconnect the ribbon from the camera, and remove two screws to remove the camera module. Careful with the bezel stickers.

See the T500 HMM (page 118) https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/p ... 630_03.pdf
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Re: Install camera from one t500 into another

#3 Post by mbr12 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:29 pm

Thanks for the reply.
Before I take apart the t500 without the camera, will it have the same connector and screw mounts in the lid? It never did have a camera.

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Re: Install camera from one t500 into another

#4 Post by TPFanatic » Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:33 pm

Yes, T500 is camera ready. So is W500. They use the same cable with all the available connectors. But you do intuit correctly that some of the other laptops such as T400 won't have the cable with connector if they didn't come with the webcam.
lenovo "Super" T420 i7 2670qm WQHD 16GB - daily driver.
lenovo T430s i5 3230m NVS 5200m WQHD 16GB - RIP GPU death.
lenovo T500 P9700 Radeon 3650 WUXGA 8GB - old faithful.

Enable 2 finger scroll on any Synaptics touchpads with registry.

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Re: Install camera from one t500 into another

#5 Post by mbr12 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:38 pm

Ok, thanks.

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