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The reason your monitor is in screensaver mode, (Read your other problem too), is there is no video signal coming to it.

No Signal

This is because the Netbook isn't sending one.

It isn't sending one because apparently you have graphics problems. Problems with graphics hardware.

So no, there is no Sync, or settings to change on the monitor.

(It is Not a video/graphics card. Your laptop uses Integrated Graphics. Intel HD 3000 Graphics )

However the point is moot now. Netbook is being sent in.

Point now is getting the info off the Harddrive, before some geek looses it.
(I'm a computer geek too, so that was no slam)

Remove the Harddrive. Then install it in an external enclosure.

You've seen an external enclosure, if you have seen an external harddrive.
You can buy just that 'outside case', too.

The external enclosure has a USB cable going to it.
The USB cable goes inside the enclosure, and connects to a small circuit board, with an interface on it.

The harddrive plugs into the interface.

The external enclosure comes apart VERY easily. Manufacturers make it easy to open the external enclosure, and install the Harddrive.

Usually a 2 piece case. One screw to open. Remove cover, plug Harddrive in, replace cover.
Plug USB cable into a USB port, on a working computer.

This is one example that will work with your Harddrive,

[Harddrives are measured across their width.
A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in Width. 2-1/2 inches.
A desktop harddrive is 3.5 inches across in Width.

Three technology styles of Harddrive, are presently being used;
1) IDE (PATA),

2) SATA,

These two types of Harddrives use mechanical parts. For example a Spindle, Spindle Motor, and Platters,

3) SSD,

No mechanical parts. Just electronic components. (Solid State)

Your laptop uses a 2.5 SATA harddrive ]

Going on..................

I haven't had any direct dealings with this laptop. Or the Aspire V5-171 version.
I see no Service Manual listed.

Searching the internet for Harddrive replacement info though, I ran into that there is a large panel on the Bottom of the Netbook; which has a single Philips head screw in the middle.

Remove the screw, remove the large panel.
This is supposed to be in the User's Guide, but cannot seem to download it right now to see.

It will be in replace the Memory. Ram Memory.

The Harddrive should sit in a compartment area all it's own.
The Harddrive itself will be in a sheet metal Caddy. Harddrive Caddy.
Remove a screw, or screws; to remove Harddrive, and Harddrive Caddy.

Once screw/s are removed, L@@K at the Harddrive.
There should be a piece of 'silk strap', to pull on.

Keeping Harddrive flat, and down in Netbook, pull on the strap; and pull the Harddrive across towards the OUTSIDE of the Netbook.

You are unplugging it.

You DO NOT want to lift straight up on the strap, as you will bend contact pins.
Once the Harddrive is slid over, then lift at an angle; and remove.
Lift up on the Back of the Harddrive.
This is the opposite side of the one that plugs in.

Open the external enclosure case, slide the harddrive in; then close the external enclosure case. (Referring to Tigerdirect example. Other external enclosures will be different)

Plug the USB cable into any working computer's open USB port.
Look in My Computer/Computer. (WinXP/WinVista - Win 7)
The external harddrive will be shown.
DOUBLE-click on the drive letter it is next to.

Have problems with that post back in a Comment.

Your Netbook, is supposed to be just an ACER Aspire V5-171 series of Notebook PC; with a Chrome logo on it.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Mar 05, 2013 | Acer Computers & Internet

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Taking my laptop apart


On which part of your laptop, you get stuck in openiing it..?

May 30, 2008 | Gateway 7508GX Notebook

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How do I replace the cmos battery in my gateway 7305


I do not have access to a Service Manual, nor have I worked on this series of Gateway Notebook PC.

From experience with other series of Gateway's though, I feel the CMOS battery is on the bottom of the motherboard.
In a small green plastic 'bag', with two wires coming from it.

The two wires end in a small white plastic connector, and the connector simply plugs into the motherboard.

In order to access the CMOS battery, you have to disassemble the laptop down to removing the motherboard, in your hand.

Although all I can post is generic information, I will post links to videos, pictorial guides, and guidance from me.
Plus we can 'converse' back, and forth, and I can answer questions you may have along the way.

To begin;

1) Follow Anti-Static Precautions.
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

It is for this reason you should wear an ESD wrist strap.
Connect it's alligator clip to a good ground source. Average cost of an ESD wrist strap is around $3 to $6.
Here is but one example,

[ I connect to an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of an open, empty desktop computer case.
If you have a metal serving tray (Unpainted), you can set it on the table you're working on, and use it.
If you have a large metal knickknack (Unpainted) you can connect to it ]

2) Use a multi-compartment container, for the various screws you will remove.
Label each compartment for the area the screw/s come out of.
SOME screws look VERY similar to other screws.
Advise do NOT mix them up.

3) Make a record as you disassemble. You have no Service Manual to refer to, just your own personal record.
Make notes, and drawings. (Legible so you can read, and view later)

Use a digital camera, or video camera, or at least a phone camera, and good lighting.
Also nice to have in case you are interrupted.

4) Remove ALL power. Remove the AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.
5) Work on a table, or a wooden workbench.
A bed, couch, or directly on a carpet floor, are high areas of Static electricity.

6) The laptop has to be disassembled from the Top down.

Laptop closed, turn it upside down, and lay it on the table.
(I also use a soft, static free cloth on the table, to protect the table, and laptop)

Here is a view of the Bottom Cover,

A) Remove the DVD drive:
Looking at the label on the bottom, there is one single Philips head screw to remove, located on the immediate right side of the label.
Once the screw is removed the DVD drive can be pulled out.
(No.1 Philips screwdriver) Lay it aside.

B) Remove the Harddrive Bay cover and Harddrive:

Remove the two Philips head screws from the Harddrive Bay cover. Cover comes up on screw side. Opposite side has tabs coming from the cover, that go into the laptop body. (Bottom Cover)

One to three screws hold the Harddrive Caddy in place. Remove them. (It will be obvious once the Harddrive Bay cover is removed)
The Harddrive plugs into a plastic rectangular block. (Interface)

On the opposite side, or back end of the harddrive, there may be a cloth strip that you pull on.
Use it to pull the harddrive back, and unplug it from the motherboard.
(Interface) Set the Harddrive aside.

C) Remove the Memory Bay cover, and Ram Memory:
Memory Bay cover; One Philips head screw. Lifts up on screw side. Lay aside. Ease the spring clips to the outside, on each side of a ram memory module ('Stick'), and remove all ram memory modules. Lay aside.

D) Remove all Philips head screws going along the perimeter, of the outside of the bottom of the laptop.
Remove the one screw right above the Harddrive Bay cover.
See if there are two screws to remove, on the outside edge of the laptop, where the DVD drive was.

E) Remove the Wireless Module, and it's cables. (Wires)
The Wireless Antenna wires connect to the Wireless Module. The Wireless Antenna wires STAY with the Display Assembly.
They disconnect FROM the Wireless Module.

[ Make notes as to which wires connect to what terminal, on the Wireless Module ]
The wireless antenna wires are threaded UP through the cavity hole in the body of the laptop, then eased out from the top of the laptop body, and laid aside. When you remove the Display Assembly, they go with.

Make notes as to where the wires go through their respective Channels, and Latches. They MUST go back in the same routing, or you stand a chance of damaging the wires, (Pinched), and the laptop will not go back together correctly.

F) Remove the Power On button / LED indicator light cover, and Keyboard:

Facing the bottom of the laptop, with the Battery Compartment away from you on the far side, there is a Philips head screw to remove down in the Battery Compartment. It is on the Left side.
The screw I indicated to remove for the DVD drive, also seems to hold the Keyboard.

Observe this video,

Read on, BEFORE removing Power On button /LED cover, and Keyboard;

Turn the laptop over to it's normal position. Open the Display Assembly as far back as you can. You may wish to cut a piece of thick construction paper, or similar, to fit the LCD screen opening. Perhaps lightly tape it in place. Protect the LCD screen from accidental damage.

In the video it shows using a metal putty knife. I do Not solicit to this type of tool!
I use a thick plastic guitar pick, or a laptop spudger tool. Both are NON-metallic.

Because you can easily damage the plastic parts of the laptop, and also damage wires under the Power On button / LED cover, using a metallic object.

The thick plastic guitar pick, or spudger tool, is inserted in the same fashion. Then twisted a little to 'pop' the right side up, of the cover.
You do NOT want to go too far in, so you do not damage the tiny wires.

It looks as though there are wires coming up from the motherboard, to the Power On button. If there are speakers, there will be wires also. Perhaps to the LED lights too. This means the cover can ONLY be lifted up so far, then the components will be removed from the cover.
(Components: Power On button assembly, LED light indicator assembly, and speaker/s )

About the Keyboard, it's cable, and the connector on the motherboard;
I need to detail this out.

The Keyboard Cable STAYS attached to the Keyboard. It removes FROM the motherboard's connector.
The Keyboard cable is a FFC. Flat Flex Cable. It has NO connector on the end.

Just a flat plastic strip with wires laid side by side, and encased in the flat plastic sheath of the cable. Flat gold plated contact strips on the end of the cable.

The motherboard connector the Keyboard cable goes into, is a type of ZIF connector. Zero Insertion Force.
It is composed of two rectangular pieces, BUT does NOT come completely apart, to remove the Keyboard cable.

If it is in two separate pieces it is BROKEN.
Mean -> Motherboard replacement.
Hence why I am being so detailed.

The Top piece is a Locking Bar. It slides UP out of the bottom larger rectangular piece, (BODY), BUT ONLY so far. Approximately 2mm, or a little larger than 1/16th of an Inch. (About this much -> XX, and to scale)

All you will see of the Locking Bar is two tabs on each side, of the Body. These should be eased up, one side at a time, with your THUMBNAILS. NOT a metallic tool. IF you slip with a metallic tool, you stand the chance of damaging the motherboard, and ZIF motherboard connector.

This pictorial guide will give you more insight. Look at the photo in Step 5, and all the photos for Step 6,

Have to shorten solution. Rest of solution will be in an added Comment. Hard to read, my apologizes in advance.

Jul 23, 2012 | Gateway M-7305U PC Notebook

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I want to paint the outside case and the touch pad, how do I remove these?

You have to completely disassemble the laptop

1) Remove ALL power to the Notebook.

2) Follow Anti-Static Precautions

3) Remove the Display Assembly.
Disassemble the Display Assembly, until you just have the Top Cover in your hand. (Gateway term = LCD Assembly Lid )

2) Remove the Ram Memory, Wireless Card, Harddrive, Optical Drive, Keyboard Cover, Keyboard, Palm Rest, and remove the motherboard.

{ Advise using an ESD wrist strap connected to a good ground source.
Average cost is around $3 to $6.
I connect, for example, to an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of an open, empty desktop computer case.

Use a mutli-compartment container for the various screws you will remove.
Label each compartment for the area the screw/s come out of.

If no multi-compartment container is available, you can substitute with a clean egg carton. Label each egg holder.

SOME screws look VERY similar to other screws.
DO NOT mix them up! }

Gateway NV53 series of Notebook PC's - Service Manual (Free),

Where it states Gateway 400, with 400 being in blue;
go to the second line, and across. Click on NV53.

This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.
After you click on the file name (NV53), it may take up to 30 seconds before the first page comes up.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Dec 18, 2011 | Gateway NV53A24u Laptop

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Describe your gateway 7508gx notebook

I beleive the part they have replaced is called the inverter. I found a link here with pictures how to do that.

hope this helps. you need screw drivers and patience

Jul 29, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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The power button is stuck in OFF position. How do you disassemble the laptop to fix it?

i suggest you do that. this takes time, patience, the right tools, and a perfect memory for where parts come from

Oct 20, 2008 | Gateway 7508GX Notebook

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Removal of cooling fan

You need to disable your laptop.
follow this step:

Remove harddrive.
1. on the back of laptop, there are 2 doors. open it all. 1 of them is harddrive.
2. remove harddrive.

Remove wireless cable.
1. open 2nd door on the back, you can see rams and wireless card. unplug wireless cable from wireless card.

Remove chassis
1. Remove 2 screws on the hinge cover, so you can remove the power cover (power cover is cover that have power button).
2. after you removed power cover, removed keyboard.
3. remove 4 screws that hold lcd from chasiss. you can remove lcd now.
4. remove 3 screws under keyboard.
5. remove all screw on the back of your laptop.
6. remove upperchassis.
7. remove 2 screw that hold motherboard from lowerchasis.
8. take motherboard out from lowerchasiss.
9. now you can see the thermal fan.

Jun 19, 2008 | Acer Aspire 5050-3242 Notebook

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About my laptop

May 30, 2008 | Gateway 7508GX Notebook

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Gateway 7510 DVD PLAYER

Look for an external swicth, to pull the drive out. If your laptop dont have it remove the bottom screws, the remove the
keyboard, finally you can push the cd drive out of the computer

Let me know if this post help you.

Dec 20, 2007 | Gateway 7508GX Notebook

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