Machine Disassembly and Replacement

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This chapter contains step-by-step procedures on how to disassemble the notebook computer for maintenance and troubleshooting.

To disassemble the computer, you need the following tools:

  • Wrist grounding strap and conductive mat for preventing electrostatic discharge
  • Small Philips screw driver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Plastic flat head screw driver
  • Tweezers

NOTE: The screws for the different components vary in size. During the disassembly process, group the screws with the corresponding components to avoid mismatch when putting back the components. When you remove the stripe cover, please be careful not to scrape the cover.

General Information

Before You Begin

Before proceeding with the disassembly procedure, make sure that you do the following:

  1. Turn off the power to the system and all peripherals.
  2. Unplug the AC adapter and all power and signal cables from the system.
  3. Remove the battery pack.

NOTE: There are several types of screws used to secure bottom case and upper case assembly. The screws vary in length. Please refer the picture below, group the same type of screws together during service disassembling. Please also remember the screw location for each screw type. If you fasten the screw to the wrong location, the screw may be too long to damage the main board.

Disassembly Procedure Flowchart

The flowchart on the succeeding page gives you a graphic representation on the entire disassembly sequence and instructs you on the components that need to be removed during servicing. For example, if you want to remove the main board, you must first remove the keyboard, then disassemble the inside assembly frame in that order.

Disassembly Photo Frame

Removing the Adapter and Battery Pack

  1. Unplug the adapter.
  2. Release the battery lock.
  3. Slide the battery latch.
  4. Remove the battery pack.
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Removing the TV Tuner, Heatsink Module, CPU, and HDD Module

Remove the Heatsink Cover

  1. Release the six screws securing the heatsink cover. (The six screws are attached to the heatsink cover)
  2. Lift the heatsink cover up and remove it.
Inside Acer Aspire 5600

Remove the TV Tuner Card(for selected models)

  1. Disconnect the TV tuner cable and antenna from the TV tuner card.
  2. Press the left and right latch to release the TV tuner card.
  3. Press the left and right latch to release the TV tuner card.
3. Disconnect the TV tuner cable and antenna from the TV board.

Remove the Heatsink Module

  1. Disconnect the main fan cable from the mainboard.
  2. Remove the seven screws securing the heatsink module.
3. Remove the heatsink module from the main unit.

Removing the HDD Module

  1. Release the two screws securing the HDD cover. (One screw is attached to the HDD cover)
  2. Remove the HDD cover.
Acer 5534 Wlan Wires

Removing the CPU

  1. Use a flat screw driver and turn the screwdriver counterclockwise to unlock the CPU.
  2. Remove the CPU from the mainboard.

Removing the Memory and Wireless Card

Remove the Memory

  1. Press the latch on left and right side to pop out the memory and remove it.
  2. Remove the other memory.
  3. Press the latch on left and right side to pop out the memory and remove it.
  4. Remove the other memory.

Removing the Wireless Card

1. Disconnect the wireless antenna from the wireless card.

Removing the Wireless Card

1. Disconnect the wireless antenna from the wireless card.

Removing the Bluetooth Module

  1. Remove the screw securing the Bluetooth module.
  2. Remove the Bluetooth connector from the mainboard.
3. Remove the Bluetooth cable from the Bluetooth wire groove.

4. Remove the Bluetooth module from the main unit.

  1. Remove the two screws securing the Bluetooth bracket.
  2. Remove the Bluetooth module from the Bluetooth bracket.
  3. Disconnect the Bluetooth cable from the Bluetooth module.
  4. Remove the two screws securing the Bluetooth bracket.
  5. Remove the Bluetooth module from the Bluetooth bracket.
  6. Disconnect the Bluetooth cable from the Bluetooth module.

Disassembling the Main Unit into Upper Case and Lower Case

1. Disconnect the power cable from the mainboard.

  1. Remove the three screws securing the middle cover on the rear panel.
  2. Open the notebook.
3. Release the clasp of middle cover and remove the middle cover from the main unit.
  1. Remove the two screws securing the keyboard.
  2. Turn the keyboard over.
  3. Remove the two screws securing the keyboard.
  4. Turn the keyboard over.
6. Unlatch the keyboard FFC latch and remove the keyboard from the main unit.
9. Remove the LCD module from the main unit and be careful to pull the antenna out.
  1. Remove the screw securing the ODD module.
  2. Push the ODD module out of the main unit.
  3. Remove the screw securing the ODD module.
  4. Push the ODD module out of the main unit.
  1. Remove the five screws securing the upper case.
  2. Remove the 22 screws securing the lower case.
Aspire 5532 Close Lid Button
  1. Disconnect the LID switch cable from the mainboard.
  2. Disconnect the audio DJ cable from the mainboard. (Aspire series only)
  3. Disconnect the LID switch cable from the mainboard.
  4. Disconnect the audio DJ cable from the mainboard. (Aspire series only)
Aspire 7720 Lid Switch
  1. Disconnect the MIC wire cable from the mainboard.
  2. Unlatch the touchpad board FFC and disconnect the touchpad board FFC from the mainboard.
  3. Disconnect the MIC wire cable from the mainboard.
  4. Unlatch the touchpad board FFC and disconnect the touchpad board FFC from the mainboard.
18. Lift up the upper case to separate the upper and lower case.

Disassembling the LCD Module

  1. Remove the four screw caps from the LCD module.
  2. Remove the four screw securing the LCD bezel.

NOTE: For LCD module with CCD, please refer to following steps.

  1. Remove the six screw caps for the LCD module.
  2. Remove the six screws securing the LCD module.

3. Remove the LCD bezel.

4. Remove the 13 screws securing the LCD panel.

5. For LCD with CCD, remove the 11 screws securing the LCD panel.
  1. Lift up the inverter board.
  2. DIsconnect the inverter cables from the inverter board and remove the inverter board.
  3. Lift up the inverter board.
  4. DIsconnect the inverter cables from the inverter board and remove the inverter board.
8. Remove the LCD panel from the LCD cover.
  1. Remove the two screws securing the left LCD brackets.
  2. Remove the left LCD bracket from the LCD panel.
  1. Remove the two screws securing the right LCD bracket.
  2. Remove the right LCD bracket from the LCD panel.
  3. Remove the two screws securing the right LCD bracket.
  4. Remove the right LCD bracket from the LCD panel.
  1. Remove the tape on the LCD cable.
  2. Disconnect the LCD cable and remove the LCD cable from the LCD panel.
  3. Disconnect the LCD cable and remove the LCD cable from the LCD panel.

15. This completes the LCD module disassembly.

Remove the CCD module

  1. Remove the five screws securing the CCD brackets and remove the CCD brackets
  2. Lift the CCD plastic bracket up.
3. Remove the CCD module.
Acer 4220 2480 Laptop

Reassembling the LCD Module

  1. Connect the LCD cable to the LCD panel.
  2. Place the tape on the LCD cable.
  1. Place the right LCD bracket back to the LCD panel
  2. Secure the right LCD bracket with the two screws.
  3. Place the right LCD bracket back to the LCD panel
  4. Secure the right LCD bracket with the two screws.
  5. Place the left LCD bracket back to the LCD panel
  6. Secure the left LCD bracket with the two screws.
  7. Place the left LCD bracket back to the LCD panel
  8. Secure the left LCD bracket with the two screws.
  1. Place the LCD panel back to the LCD cover.
  2. Place the inverter board back to the LCD module and connect the inverter cables to the inverter board.
  3. Place the LCD panel back to the LCD cover.
  4. Place the inverter board back to the LCD module and connect the inverter cables to the inverter board.

10. Place the LCD bezel back to the LCD module. Push each side of the bezel to make it clip to the LCD cover well.

  1. Secure the LCD bezel with four screws.
  2. Place the four screw caps back.

13. This completes the LCD module reassembly.

HDD disassembly & Reassembly

1. Remove the four screws securing the HDD bracket.

Aspire 5600

5. This completes HDD module disassembly and reassembly

ODD disassembly & Reassembly

1. Remove the four screws securing the ODD module.

Acer 4220 2480 Laptop
  1. Secure the ODD with the four screw.
  2. This completes ODD module disassembly and reassembly.

Main Unit Reassembly

Reassembling the Mainboard, Uppercase, and Lowercase

  1. Place the mainboard back to the lower case.
  2. Insert the PCMCIA dummy card back to the lower case.
  3. Connect the USB FFC to the USB module and latch it well.
  4. Place the USB module back to the lower case.
Acer 4220 2480 Laptop
  1. Secure the USB module with one screw.
  2. Connect the USB FFC to the mainboard and latch it well.
  3. Secure the USB module with one screw.
  4. Connect the USB FFC to the mainboard and latch it well.
  1. Aim the location of Bluetooth and wireless launch button.
  2. Place the upper case back to the lower case.
  3. Aim the location of Bluetooth and wireless launch button.
  4. Place the upper case back to the lower case.
13. Connect the touchpad board FFC to the mainboard and latch it well.

14. Connect the MIC wire cable to the mainboard.

15. Reconnect the MDC cables as shown.

  1. Connect the Audio DJ FFC to the mainboard.
  2. Connect the LID switch cable back to the mainboard.
  3. Connect the Audio DJ FFC to the mainboard.
  4. Connect the LID switch cable back to the mainboard.

18. Secure the lower case with 22 screws.

19. Secure the upper case with 5 screws.

Reassembling the ODD

  1. Place the ODD module back to the main unit.
  2. Secure the ODD module with one screw.

Reassembling the LCD Module to Main Unit

  1. Place the LCD module back to the main unit.
  2. Put the antenna through the hole.
4. Connect the LCD cable to the mainboard.
  1. Place the keyboard back to the main unit.
  2. Connect the keyboard FFC to the mainboard and latch it well.
  3. Place the keyboard back to the main unit.
  4. Connect the keyboard FFC to the mainboard and latch it well.
  1. Turn the keyboard over.
  2. Secure the keyboard with two screws.
  3. Secure the keyboard with two screws.
Acer Travelmate 4500 Service Manual
11. Secure the middle cover with three screws on the rear panel.

12. Connect the power cable to the mainboard.

Reassembling the Bluetooth Module

  1. Connect the Bluetooth cable to the Bluetooth module.
  2. Place the Bluetooth module to the Bluetooth bracket.
Place Set Bluetooth For Extensa 5230
  1. Secure the Bluetooth bracket with the two screws.
  2. Place the Bluetooth module back to the main unit.
Bluetooth Module Extensa 5235
  1. Secure the Bluetooth module with one screw.
  2. Connect the Bluetooth cable to the mainboard.
7. Place the Bluetooth cable in the wire groove.

Reassembling the CPU

  1. Aim the pin position on the CPU socket, then place the CPU back to the socket.
  2. Use a flat screw driver and turn the screwdriver clockwise to lock the CPU.

Reassembling the Memory

1. Place the DDR memory back to the mainboard as shown and press it down to latch it.

Reassembling the Memory

1. Place the DDR memory back to the mainboard as shown and press it down to latch it.

Reassembling the Heatsink module

  1. Place the heatsink module back to the main unit.
  2. Secure the heatsink module with the seven screws.
3. Connect the main fan cable to the mainboard.

Reassembling the Wireless Card

  1. Place the wireless card back to the mainboard as shown.
  2. Secure the wireless card with two screws.

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