How to Troubleshoot the Acer Aspire 5315-2153

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How to Troubleshoot the Acer Aspire 5315-2153
The Aspire 5315 laptop's battery will only last roughly 1,000 charges. (flashfilm/Lifesize/Getty Images)

The Acer Aspire 5315-2153 laptop computer features an Intel Celeron M550 processor, a 160GB hard disk drive, and 2GB of random access memory (RAM) standard. The display is a 15.4-inch screen. Unfortunately, a number of power and cable-related functions can break down on the Acer Aspire 5315, leading to keyboard and monitor failure. You can troubleshoot for these potential issues and make repairs no matter your level of computer repair experience.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Remove the AC adaptor plug from the rear of the Acer Aspire 5315 and power down the computer.

  2. 2

    Flip the laptop over and find the battery. You will be able to see the outline of the battery stretching across the top of the bottom of the computer. Directly below this is a sliding release mechanism. Slide the mechanism to release the battery. Slide in a new battery if you suspect the old battery is deteriorating and struggling to hold a charge.

  3. 3

    Prepare to operate on the Aspire's case if you suspect a deeper issue with the keyboard or monitor. Ensure the current battery is ejected from the laptop. This is for your safety.

  4. 4

    Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws from the top left and right corners of the bottom of the notebook. This will loosen up the keyboard strip cover.

  5. 5

    Flip the computer back over carefully. Open the display and find the keyboard strip cover that runs across the top of the keyboard. This is a horizontal plastic piece that is just below the bottom of the display.

  6. 6

    Use the tip of a flathead screwdriver or similar thin device to pry under one of the edges of the keyboard strip. Pop the strip up but do not attempt to remove it entirely.

  7. 7

    Grab the top edge of the actual keyboard and lift up enough to reveal the keyboard cable that connects on the base of the Aspire 5315. Ensure the cable is still connected on the base connector. If it is not, restore keyboard functionality by lifting up on the connector just a few millimetres. Slide the cable carefully back in, then press down on the top of the connector to reset it.

  8. 8

    Find the four round rubber caps that exist at each corner of the monitor's bezel. The bezel is the plastic perimeter that extends around the screen. Pry under these caps with your flathead screwdriver's tip and remove them.

  9. 9

    Take out the four screws beneath the caps using your Phillips screwdriver. Use your fingers to work around the bezel and gradually separate it from the rest of the display assembly.

  10. 10

    Check the inverter board. The Aspire's green, rectangular inverter board sits just beneath where the bottom of the bezel formerly resided. Ensure that the two cables that occupy this space are both connected to the white connectors on either end of the inverter board. The left cable should be in the left connector, and vice versa.

  11. 11

    Lift up on the connectors gently to slide the cables back in if either came loose. This should fix possible video problems or backlight failure on your laptop's display.

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