Before using this information and the product it supports, please read the following general information.

  1. This Service Guide provides you with all technical information relating to the BASIC CONFIGURATION decided for Acer's "global" product offering. To better fit local market requirements and enhance product competitiveness, your regional office MAY have decided to extend the functionality of a machine (e.g. add-on card, modem, or extra memory capability). These LOCALIZED FEATURES will NOT be covered in this generic service guide. In such cases, please contact your regional offices or the responsible personnel/channel to provide you with further technical details.
  2. Please note WHEN ORDERING FRU PARTS, that you should check the most up-to-date information available on your regional web or channel. If, for whatever reason, a part number change is made, it will not be noted in the printed Service Guide. For ACER-AUTHORIZED SERVICE PROVIDERS, your Acer office may have a DIFFERENT part number code to those given in the FRU list of this printed Service Guide. You MUST use the list provided by your regional Acer office to order FRU parts for repair and service of customer machines.

Chapter 1 System Introduction 1

Features 1

System Block Diagram 3

Board Layout 4

Top View 4

Bottom View 5

Panel 6

Front Panel 6

Left Panel 7

Right Panel 8

Rear Panel 9

Bottom Panel 10

Indicators 11

Keyboard 13

Special keys 13

Hot Keys 15

Hardware Specifications and Configurations 19

BIOS Setup Utility 34

Chpater 2 System Utilities 34

Multi-Boot Menu 35

Navigating the BIOS Utility 36

System Information 37

Main System Settings 39

Advanced Information 41

Primary Master 42

Secondary Master 43

PCI IRQ Routing 44

System Security 45

Boot Options 48

Exit Setup 49

BIOS Flash Utility 50

Executing the PHFlash Program 50

Executing the WFlash Program 50

System Utility Diskette 51

Chapter 3 Machine Disassembly and Replacement 52

General Information 53

Before You Begin 53

Disassembly Procedure Flowchart 54

Removing the Battery Pack 56

Disassembling the Battery Pack 56

Removing the Optical Drive Module 57

Removing the Hard Disk Drive Module 58

Disassembling the Hard Disk Drive Module 58

Removing the Memory Module 59

Removing the Modem Board 60

Disassembling the LCD 61

Removing the Middle Cover 61

Removing the Launch Board 61

Removing the Keyboard 62

Removing the LCD Module 62

Removing the LCD Bezel 63

Removing the Inverter Board 64

Removing the LCD 65

Removing the LCD Hinges 65

Removing the LCD Coaxial Cable 66

Disassembling the Main Unit 67

Removing the Keyboard Bracket 67

Removing the DC Charger Plate 67

Removing the RTC Battery 67

Removing the Touch Pad Frame 68

Removing the DC to DC Board 68

Removing the CPU Fan Sink 69

Removing the Processor 69

Installing the Processor 69

Removing the Upper Case 70

Removing the Touch Pad Board 71

Removing the Touch Pad Button 71

Removing the Touch Pad Scroll Key 72

Removing the Touch Pad FPC 72

Removing the VGA Thermal Plate 73

Removing the Floppy Disk Drive Module 73

Removing the Speakers 75

Removing the Main Board 76

Removing the PCMCIA Slot 77

Removing the I/O Port Bracket 78

Chpater 4 Troubleshooting 80

System Check Procedures 81

External Diskette Drive Check 81

External CD-ROM Drive Check 81

Keyboard or Auxiliary Input Device Check 82

Memory Check 82

Power System Check 82

Touchpad Check 84

Power-On Self-Test (POST) Error Message 85

Index of Error Messages 86

POST Codes 89

Index of Symptom-to-FRU Error Message 93

Intermittent Problems 96

Undetermined Problems 97

Index of Phlash16 Error Message 98

Index of PQA Diagnostic Error Code, Message 100

Chapter 5 Jumper and Connector Locations 102

Top View 102

Bottom View 104

CN27 Jumper Settings 105

Chpater 6 FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) List 106

Exploded Diagram 107

Appendix A Model Definition and Configuration 118

Model Number Definition 118

Appendix B Test Compatible Components 120

Microsoft Windows XP Environment Test 121

Appendix C Online Support Information 124

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