Removing the Pcmcia Card

  1. Remove the four screws of the PCMCIA card slot.
  2. Lift the PCMCIA card from the system board.
Travelmate 510

3. This completes the disassembly procedure of the lower case.

For CD-ROM/diskette drive module, there are two types of cabling:

Important: Before Acer encountered problems, the cabling for the diskette drive was originally placed between the bracket of roughly 1000 pieces. In order to avoid damaging these cables, Acer then redesigned the cabling to go around the bracket instead. You may have to repair both types. In the case of the limited quantity version, you should replace the longer cable type and connect the diskette FRC cable to go around the bracket to avoid the same mistake.

Type 1 Cabling (mass-production version):

  1. Remove the 3 screws located at the CD-ROM/diskette drive module's bracket to separate the CD-ROM drive from the CD-ROM/diskette drive module.
  2. Remove the 3 screws located at the CD-ROM/diskette drive module's bracket to separate the CD-ROM drive from the CD-ROM/diskette drive
2. Remove the 3 screws from the diskette drive.
Type 2 Cabling (a limited quantity version):


Chapter 4

Use the following procedure as a guide for computer problems.

Note: The diagnostic tests are intended to test only Acer products. NonAcer products, prototype cards, or modified options can give false errors and invalid system responses.

  1. Obtain the failing symptoms in as much detail as possible.
  2. Verify the symptoms by attempting to re-create the failure by running the diagnostic test or by repeating the same operation.
  3. Use the following table with the verified symptom to determine which page to go to.

Symptoms (Verified)

Go To

Power failure. (The power indicator does not go on or stay on.)

Power System check.

POST does not complete. No beep or error codes are indicated.

Symptom-to-FRU Index. Undetermined Problems.

POST detects an error and displayed messages on screen.

Erro Messages List.

The diagnostic test detected an error and displayed a FRU code.

Running PQA Diagnostics Program

Other symptoms (i.e. LCD display problems or others).

Error Symptom-to-FRU Index.

Symptoms cannot be re-created (intermittent problems).

Use the customer-reported symptoms and go to Error Symptom-to-FRU Index.

Intermittent Problems. Undetermined Problems.

System Check Procedures Diskette Drive Check

Do the following to isolate the problem to a controller, driver, or diskette. A write-enabled, diagnostic diskette is required.

Note: Make sure that the diskette does not have more than one label attached to it Multiple labels can cause damage to the drive or cause the drive to fail.

Do the following to select the test device.

  1. Boot from the diagnostics diskette and start the PQA program.
  2. Go to the diagnostic Diskette Drive in the test items.
  3. Press F2 in the test items.
  4. Follow the instructions in the message window.

If an error occurs with the internal diskette drive, reconnect the diskette connector on the system board.

If the error still remains:

  1. Reconnect the diskette drive.
  2. Replace the diskette driver cable.
  3. Replace the diskette.
  4. Replace the system board.

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