Motherboard maintenance and installation should be left to a seasoned laptop technician. However, there may be instances where you can't afford a laptop technician or one is not available. In any case, if you absolutely must remove and replace the motherboard on your Acer Aspire 5315 laptop, you should do so with extreme caution. Fortunately, if the motherboard goes bad in your Acer Aspire 5313, replacement motherboards are not terribly difficult to come by.
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Things you need
- Antistatic wrist wrap
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Small flathead screwdriver
Turn off the laptop, and then disconnect the power cable and close the LCD panel. Also disconnect any other cables or external devices. Place the laptop face down, and then remove the battery pack from its compartment.
Attach an antistatic wrist wrap to your wrist, and then attach the extending wire clip to the outer casing of the laptop or an unpainted metal surface. This will discharge any dormant static electricity and will help prevent shock.
Remove the Phillips-head screws attaching the RAM, hard drive and wireless card covers to the bottom casing assembly. Remove the plastic covers and set them aside.
Push on the retaining tabs on either side of the RAM module until it is released from the memory compartment. Slide the RAM module out of the compartment and store it in a static-free plastic bag. Repeat this step for each memory module you remove.
Disengage the hard drive from its compartment. Lift it out of the compartment and place it to the side very carefully.
Disconnect the antenna cables connected to the wireless card, remove the single retaining Phillips-head screw and then lift the wireless card out of the laptop casing and set it to the side. Remove the Phillips-head screws located inside the battery pack compartment.
Place the laptop face up, and open the LCD display panel as far as it will go. Use a small flathead screwdriver pry up the keyboard cover or bezel from the upper casing assembly. The keyboard bezel is a thin strip of plastic located between the keyboard and LCD display. Remove the bezel from the laptop casing and set it aside.
Use a small flathead screwdriver to lift the keyboard out of the keyboard compartment and place it facedown over the palm rest. Disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable from the motherboard. Lift the keyboard out of the assembly and set it to the side.
Disconnect the video cable and trackpad cable from the motherboard. Close the LCD display and place the laptop face down.
Remove the remaining Phillips-head screws from the bottom casing. Insert a thin, flathead screwdriver into the crease along the edge of the laptop casing. Start at one side of the laptop casing and pry the bottom casing assembly from the top assembly. Remove the bottom assembly and set it to the side.
Disconnect the retaining screws securing the heat sink and cooling fan assembly to the motherboard. Disconnect the fan connector from the motherboard, and then lift the fan and heat sink assemblies out of the motherboard and set them to the side.
Remove the retaining Phillips-head screws securing the motherboard to the upper casing assembly. Slide the DC jack assembly out of its housing, and then lift the motherboard out of the laptop casing and set it to the side.
Install the new motherboard by repeating the previous steps in reverse order.
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