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How to Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble an ACER Laptop or Notebook

Do you want to repair your Acer laptop or notebook? Here is a collection of free take apart instructions, disassembly pictures or dismantling videos, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks for Aspire, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate laptops and notebooks models made by Acer. If you have written a repairing guide yourself (or if you know of a report not linked here), please submit a new entry. Also you can publish a guide in the Laptop and Notebook Repair Wiki.

Acer Aspire 135xGuide to upgrade the VGA graphics card, the VGA cards in these laptops are in the form of an Add-On Daughterboard, so changing them is quite easy, literally opening up the laptop and swapping the parts over.
Acer Aspire 1360This laptop looked dead. The power supply tested fine so it seemed likely the main board was at fault. This is a one piece board and of course it requires a full dismantling of the laptop to remove and replace.
Acer Aspire 1603How to remove dust, which is blocking the air intakes and the fan, includes take apart pictures.
Acer Aspire 1642This very detailed guide explains and illustrates how to access and replace the optical drive (CD), to clean the fan and upgrade the memory (RAM) [PDF].
Acer Aspire 2023Illustrated step-by-step take apart and painting tutorial.
Acer Aspire 3004WLMiThe fake Acer Carbon edition project: if you want to change the look of this laptop like these furious street racer types with carbon fiber interior here is the answer - attach fake carbon fiber laminate. It is a durable laptop skin; fade proof and a hell of a lot cheaper than voiding the warranty and painting it. Some may ask why do this, well after some months of in my book bag out of my book bag a laptop often looks scratched to all hell and mighty crappy.
Acer Aspire 3020-5020A complete step-by-step disassembly and repair guide with pictures (in Italian).
Acer Aspire 3023WLMiAspirotomy: detailed dissection instructions.
Acer Aspire 3023WLMiInstructions for optical drive replacement.
Acer Aspire 3050CPU upgrade from Sempron to Turion x2 Tl 50, an illustrated guide.
Acer Aspire 3620How to remove LCD screen and FL inverter board from the laptop.
Acer Aspire 3620This particular laptop was shutting down by itself while running some intensive applications. The cooling module (heat sink and fan) was completely clogged with dust and needed a good cleaning. Unfortunately, in this model the cooling module is buried deep inside the laptop and it's necessary to take the whole thing apart in order to access it.
Acer Aspire 3810TYou can search for a new replacement LCD screen by the model number printed on the original screen: B133XW01 and to do the job take this free guide.
Acer Aspire 4530If you are not comfortable with opening your laptop do not do it, but if you follow this guide carefully and do it meticulously nothing bad should happen to it.
Acer Aspire 4820TGComplete laptop disassembly procedure with pics (in Italian).
Acer Aspire 5000A complete disassembly to fix and resolder the little circle PSU port which went inside and somehow snapped of the motherboard.
Acer Aspire 5100This guide will explain how to take apart the laptop and exchange major components such as CD/DVD drive, memory, hard drive, wireless card, cooling fan and keyboard.
Acer Aspire 5100Let's get inside the notebook to replace the LCD display and the inverter board as well.
Acer Aspire 5315The machine displayed a corrupted display with a wave shape and verticle lines obscuring the image with the right-hand side of the panel blank. This indicated the LCD panel itself had failed, probably due to impact from a foreign object or excessive torque being applied to the screen during opening/closing of the lid. Here follows a procedure for the removal and refitting of the LCD panel on this laptop.
Acer Aspire 5315Under the battery cover you can find three black screws which appear to correspond to the cover above the keyboard on the upper side of the laptop. Unscrew these to get the keyboard replaced.
Acer Aspire 5517This guide shows how to remove the hard disk drive, memory, DVD drive, wireless card and keyboard.
Acer Aspire 5610Z (Model BL50)A guide to a full disassembly of the laptop.
Acer Aspire 5620/5670You can save hundreds of dollars by replacing a damaged or failed LCD screen yourself but you have to be very careful, so proceed on your own risk.
Acer Aspire 5652Special-Tuning: how to replace the Intel Core Duo T2300 processor with a T2600, and access the two memory slots (in German).
Acer Aspire 5672WLMiHow to remove the default BIOS password by disconnectng the CMOS battery to resolve a standby problem.
Acer Aspire 5720GThis is a step by step procedure with pictures to disassemble the notebook keyboard (in Italian).
Acer Aspire 5720GHow to repair the webcam (in Italian).
Acer Aspire 5733How to replace a failed notebook keyboard.
Acer Aspire 5745G-6726In case you need to go deep into the innards of this notebook this guide will be helpful.
Acer Aspire 5745G-6726This laptop model uses a relatively inexpensive LED-backlit LCD screen, to replace a broken screen it is not necessary to remove the display panel, it will be a little bit harder to remove the screen bezel but possible, the LCD screen model is printed on the back of the screen: LP156WH3 (TL)(A2).
Acer Aspire 6920An illustrated (partial) take apart guide (in Italian).
Acer Aspire 7551GA complete step-by-step notebook teardown guide.
Acer Aspire 7720GHow to upgrade the RAM from 2GB to 4GB.
Acer Aspire OneHere is the sequence that needs to be done to disassemble the RAM.
Acer Aspire OneHow to dismantle the UMPC and install new RAM.
Acer Aspire OneHere there are some photos that may help people to open the UMPC and disassemble the face plate.
Acer Aspire OneInstalling RAM is incredibly simple after the trials endured in unpacking the motherboard. This guide explains how to pop out the 512MB 5300 SODIMM piece and slap in a Netlist 1GB 5300 DDR2 piece. It also tells how to strip the case of a cheap mini USB BlueTooth dongle and solder it with four wires on to the USB terminal connectors.
Acer Aspire OneA demonstration of how to take the UMPC apart, how to upgrade the RAM, and how to add internal USB Bluetooth. Basically a micro USB Bluetooth module (Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR) has been connected to a 5V trace (off in standby), a nearby ground trace, and the USB signals (pins 36 & 38) available on the mini PCIe card slot occupied by the WiFi card. The Bluetooth module was stripped, wrapped in Kapton tape and installed under the palm rest.
Acer Aspire OneHow to replace the SSD with a 1.8 Inch PATA hard drive. The UMPC SSD features the same ZIF connector found on 1.8 Inch PATA hard drives, which are small, light, efficient, affordable, plentiful, and somewhat shock resistant - all this while providing more storage and better performance than this particular SSD. Apparently, there's just enough space for a thin (5 mm) 1.8 Inch PATA hard drive under the motherboard.
Acer Aspire OneThis guide demonstrates how to add eSATA to the UMPC. Here's a video and additional pictures that cover the process. This mod is pretty simple. Basically you can salvage an eSATA socket from a desktop bracket and some thin 2-conductor shielded microphone cable from inside a broken laptop - shielded cable is important because SATA uses LVDS. Then you can connect the eSATA socket to the traces of the missing SATA connector.
Acer Aspire OneA short dissection tutorial with pictures.
Acer Aspire OneUnlike some other netbooks, the this One hasn't been designed with easy memory upgrading in mind. The first 512MB is soldered to the motherboard, but there is a DIMM slot for more, and it's facing the base of the machine. The only snag: the engineers didn't put a hatch above it to make the slot easily reachable. Instead, you have to disassemble the machine and remove the motherboard. That may sound a daunting task, and we'd not recommend it for everyone, but it's not hard to do.
Acer Aspire OneStep by step about how to upgrade the RAM to 1 GB or 1,5 GB (maximum). Inside this laptop there is a 512 MB ram soldered in the mainboard, so you can only add a PC4200 533 Mhz 512 MB / 1024 MB module.
Acer Aspire OneThe freakishly long process to upgrade the memory of the AAO is amazingly ridiculous. The easiest thing to upgrade is the WiFi card with a Dell 1390 card.
Acer Aspire OneHow to replace the original 8G SSD with a 16G SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card by way of a CF adapter and a ZIF flip cable.
Acer Aspire OneIts a pretty big hassle to get into the body of this netbook, their is lots of delicate plastic tabs and ultra tiny screws. This illustrated guide includes detailed pictures and a video showing how to crack open the case, void the warranty, and add an extra gigabyte of RAM.
Acer Aspire One 532HThis illustrated take apart guide helps you upgrading RAM, HDD, WiFi and replacing a broken LCD screen (in Italian).
Acer Aspire One 751An illustrated teardown HOWTO (in Italian).
Acer Aspire One - AA1Tired of having a slow netbook? No problemo! The machine has room for a memory upgrade on the board. Unfortunately, the slot is hidden away under the keyboard and motherboard, so you need to completely disassemble the netbook to find it. This very nice video shows how to take the machine apart - and put it back together after upgrading [video].
Acer Aspire One AOA150-1570To get this netbook apart pry up the two rear rubber feet and remove the screws underneath them. Stick the feet to the battery for safekeeping. Remove the keyboard. There are 3 locking tabs at the top of the keyboard, in the top cover, sticking out over the edge.
Acer Aspire One A150aaSNES1: take one of the greatest games consoles ever made, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System then gut it to place a fully working PC inside of it. Console to netbook remix guide and videos.
Acer Aspire One AO725How to replace the Broadcom wireless device with an Atheros AR9485 and substitute the HDD with a Western Digital WD5000BPKT.
Acer Aspire One A0751h NetBook (Model ZA3)In order to remove the caddy simply remove four screws (two screws on each side) and separate it from the hard drive. A regular 160GB 2.5 Inches SATA hard drive is installed but any larger 2.5" SATA hard drive should work just fine.
Acer Aspire One A0751h NetBook (Model ZA3)How to change the screen (model number: B116XW02, 11.6 Inches LED-backlit).
Acer Aspire One D150A complete step-by-step disassembly guide with pictures (in Italian).
Acer Aspire One D150If you are looking to get some serious wireless performance out of your netbook then you might consider adding an external RP-SMA jack and antenna to it. A subtle addition is adding a 802.11N mini-PCI card.
Acer Aspire One D250This is an analysis of the second mini PCI-E. The 3G card is a peseudo USB device just using a mini PCI-E bus like there is in the EEE as well. The other lines connected are most likely the ones connected to the SIM card holder as they match the pinout.
Acer Aspire One D250If you feel to take this notebook apart, here is how it works.
Acer Aspire One D250A picture gallery of a notebook dissection.
Acer Extensa 502TChanging the hard disk drive, an illustrated replacement guide.
Acer Extensa 4620ZReplacing the right display hinge: parts, tips and illustrations.
Acer Extensa 5420This guide was put together in order to help some of you who want to add a 4-pin internal Bluetooth adapter into the laptop.
Acer Ferrari 3400LMiThe notebook is equiped with two memory banks. The first is placed at the notebook's downside and very easy to replace. Just remove the two screws from the front cover and the plate. The second memory bank is placed at the notebook's topside, below the keyboard. You have to remove the keyboard before you can replace the RAM.
Acer Ferrari 4005WLMiHow to replace RAM and keyboard, an illustrated tutorial.
Acer IconiaTablet screens are quite fragile and they are often easily damaged. Whilst replacing a tablet screen can be rather complex, when armed with the correct knowledge as well as the correct tools you should be able to successfully replace a broken screen yoursel..
Acer TimelineX 4830TGHow to add a second Harddrive to laptop PC in place of the optical drive (in Italian).
Acer TravelMate 220Take apart and BIOS password resseting guide (in Czech).
Acer TravelMate 240How to remove the keyboard to access the switch 1 - SW1 which is responsible for BIOS password resetting (in Czech).
Acer TravelMate 290LMiHow to replace an Intel 2100 11Mbit/s with an Intel 2200 54MBit/s miniPCI Wireless LAN card (in German).
Acer TravelMate 312THow to disassemble the laptop, instructions and images.
Acer TravelMate 330How to work around damaged laptop display hinges. Display hinge damage, usually caused by a drop or fall, is a common reason leading to replacement of older, otherwise working, laptops. This article explains an inexpensive method, which doesn't require specialized repair tools or skills (just some Velcro and a fishing line), which can extend the life of a laptop if its display hinges are too weak to hold up the display. It isn't for the case where the display has totally broken off the body of the laptop.
Acer TravelMate 350Take apart just for fun.
Acer TravelMate 426LCHow to add a Intel 2200BG miniPCI WLAN card and an internal antenna (in German)
Acer TravelMate 513TLaptop Cabrio: How to use a laptop with a broken display as a desktop PC (in German).
Acer TravelMate 513THow to change the CD-Drive. Upgrading the hard drive (in German).
Acer TravelMate 521TESacrifice an old notebook and removed the cover to build a custom digital photo frame (DPF).
Acer TravelMate 522TXVA selfmade DIY digital picture frame - or how to turn an old laptop into something useful. Includes a illustrated disassembly guide.
Acer Travelmate 613TXVComplete disassembly with pictures to get the BIOS password recovered (in German).
Acer TravelMate 740How to clean the CPU fan, a disassembly picture gallery.
Acer TravelMate 800Miscellaneous tips and tricks for selfmade notebook repairs, how to replace the touchpad (in German).
Acer TravelMate 800LCiA short guide explaining how to remove the laptop keyboard (in German).
Acer TravelMate 801LCiHow to upgrade both RAM slots, with 2x512MB (in German).
Acer TravelMate 803LMiHow to remove the keyboard and upgrade the notebook RAM to 1GB So-DIMM.
Acer TravelMate 803LMiHow to put a new internal burner LG GWA-4082N into an old laptop.
Acer TravelMate 2400This guide tells you the secret trick how to pull the cover which gives access to the notebook keyboard.
Acer TravelMate 2493NWLMiThis blog entry describes how to replace the CD/DVD drive in the notebook (in Czech).
Acer TravelMate 3004WTMiThe notebook comes with an Intel 2200 b/g WiFi card, which has 100mW (20dBi) output power (nice), this card has been replaced by a Wistron NeWeb CM9 from Netgate, which is in fact a 5004 MP Atheros 4G: 802.11a/b/g miniPCI Card. Includes hard disk downgrading instructions.
Acer TravelMate 3260Inside this laptop power from the AC adapter goes to the motherboard through the power board. When the power board goes bad, the laptop stops working at all and appears to be dead. In order to get access and replace the power board the entire laptop has to be taken apart.
Acer TravelMate 4000Pimp your laptop with foils. Instead of painting this modding is a fast and easy approach to cover the outworn outfit of your laptop (in German).
Acer TravelMate 4002This guide explains how to replace the optical drive.
Acer TravelMate 4652LMiDisplay hinge replacement tutorial.
Acer TravelMate 6003LCiHow to replace the RAM memory in a hidden second slot under the keyboard.
Acer TravelMate 6292An illustrated guide to keyboard substitution for this laptop.
Acer TravelMate 6292These picture gallery illustrates how to replace a fried charger chip (ISL6251) on the laptop motherboard. The manufacturer did not bother protecting against idiots who connect power adapters with the wrong polarity. Fortunately it is possible to fix this issue by replacing the chip, a diode, two FETs, one inductor and one resistor.
Acer TravelMate 6463(W)LMiA short guide about how to upgrade RAM from 1GB to 2GB (in German).
Acer TravelMate 6592GThis is the guide to replace the keyboard on this laptop. It is fairly straight forward to do and all the tools you need are: #1 Phillips screwdriver and a small flat screwdriver.
Acer TravelMate 8100The screen backlight of this laptop went off, it still turns on but the image on the screen is very dim, this is most likely caused by either a bad inverter or a failed backlight lamp.
Acer TravelMate C1xxAn upgrade tutorial for the Tablet PC hard drive.
Acer TravelMate C100How to upgrade the hard drive.

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ACER itself offers official User Guides but unlike Service Manuals they only provide simple technical information, such as RAM upgrade guides. Note: here you may find User Guides for machines manufactured formerly by Texas-Instruments - TI, too.


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