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Did you disassemble it?, sounds like it has a connector loose.

I don't know the T480 but if has some resemblance to the old T420 or X230, you can easily remove the whole front, including keyboard and all the things you mentioned, all the above usually is connected with a single connector with millions of contacts, well maybe is an exaggeration, maybe they are actually billions of contacts.

Try to disassemble it, thinkpads usually have very detailed manuals that show step by step how to replace everything, sometimes that billion contact connector get loose of some dirt get between the contacts (some of the billions of them), that would explain all of your symptoms, sorry, I've been watching House MD.

When you move the laptop the connector seems to reconnect some and lose some connections and as is slowly losing contacts, the symptoms increase and sometimes something get temporarily fixed, in the case that the connector is well put and still give problems, could be the cable, usually a thin transparent plastic "cable" with, you know, billions of lines. In that case you should be able to find the whole panel to replace, that would be a lot cheaper than a new laptop, and you'll get a new keyboard.

The symptoms are only inputs located in the same plane, and are multiple things located in opposite sides (i.e. touchpad and power button) that means that has to be some place common to them, the billion contact connector or cable, the cable is unlikely because shouldn't have much movement, but the connector on the other hand, maybe came a little loose and have been getting out or some dirt creep inside, maybe some beverages?.

Well is that or Lupus (or some other autoimmune disease).

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and if that doesn't work, remember that a laptops is just a low-power server with WIFI and UPS, sometimes they even come with a screen, touchpad and keyboard. ;)