There are many reasons to take apart an Acer laptop. You may want to replace you hard drive. You might want to troubleshoot or clean your system cooling fan. Whatever the case, you will need to know how to disassemble your Acer laptop to gain access to these components. Laptop disassembly is an intimidating task if you do not know what you are doing. Although disassembly is not terribly difficult, you will need to take great care when handling your laptop's interior components.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
- Antistatic wrist wrap
Turn off your laptop, disconnect the power cable, remover the battery and disconnect any other cables or external devices. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before you begin disassembly.
Attach an antistatic wrist wrap to your wrist and then attach the wire clip to the outer casing of the Acer laptop. This will prevent any shock from static electricity.
Place the laptop face down and remove all Phillips head screws from the bottom casing.
Place the laptop face up, open the LCD display as far as it will go and use a flathead screwdriver to remove the hinge covers on either side of the LCD display.
Push the retaining tabs on the top of the keyboard behind the F through F12 keys to detach the keyboard from the laptop base. Lift the keyboard out of the laptop's casing and remove the keyboard ribbon connector from the Acer laptop system board. Remove the keyboard and then set it to the side.
Remove the Phillips head screws attaching the aluminium plates covering the hard drive, PMCIA and RAM module. Lift the covers out of the laptop and set them to the side and then disconnect the video cable from the system board. This will give you free access to all internal components of your laptop.
Push on the retaining tabs on either side of the RAM module. Slide it out of the memory compartment and set it to the side. Store the RAM module in a static -free plastic bag.
Lift the hard drive out of the drive compartment and set it to the side very carefully.
Reassemble the laptop by repeating the previous steps in reverse order.
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