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Resetting the CMOS password on an Acer Aspire laptop is much
more difficult than resetting the password on a desktop.
Disassembly steps vary from model to model, but on most
models, you'll have to take apart the computer to access the CMOS battery.
Don't take apart the notebook if you don't have experience
After turning off the computer and disconnecting the AC
adapter, take out the battery (different from the CMOS battery).
All visible screws must then be removed from the bottom of
Remove all components stored to their separate compartments
on the base of the notebook.
Turn over and open the PC. Lift up the switch cover and
remove the screws securing the keyboard to the PC, if any are visible.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the screws securing the monitor to the hinges, and
then set the monitor aside.
Disconnect all visible cables connected to the motherboard;
and then remove the screws from the top cover.
Remove the top cover to reveal the motherboard. Locate and
then remove the CMOS battery. Leave it out of the notebook for 24 hours; then
reinstall it and reassemble the Acer Aspire. Other Options
If removing the CMOS battery fails to clear the password, or
if you dont feel comfortable with the idea of opening your computer, you might
be able to gain access to the computer using a backdoor password.
These special passwords were implemented to allow
technicians to access locked computers. Not all models recognize backdoor
Most Acer Aspires use the Phoenix BIOS, and backdoor
passwords for this BIOS include BIOS, CMOS,
phoenix and PHOENIX.
All of these passwords are case-sensitive.
Prepare the laptop for disassembly. Shut down the laptop completely, then wait a few minutes before removing the battery and unplugging the AC adapter. Turn the laptop over and lay it down on a flat surface so that the battery area is facing away from you and the hard drive is located at the bottom left corner. 2
Remove the hard drive cover. Remove the two screws located on the left side of the hard drive cover, then lift the cover to remove it completely from the unit. 3
Remove the memory cover. Unscrew the eight screws holding the memory board in place; this cover is located above the Gateway product sticker. 4
Disconnect the Wi-Fi adaptor. Remove the Wi-Fi cover by unscrewing the single screw holding the Wi-Fi adapter in place; this is located directly above the hard drive. Remove the two cables connecting the wireless card to the adapter and snap the card out of the holder. 5
Remove the memory modules. Gateway computers typically have two memory modules located in the center of the motherboard; lift these out gently with your fingers and set them aside. 6
Release the heat sink. Unscrew the four screws around the heat sink assembly; this unit is located to the left of the ventilation fan and is surrounded by a copper base. Carefully lift the heat sink and the cooling fan off the unit and unplug the cable attaching it. 7
Remove the CD/DVD drive. Unscrew the small screw located to the left of the CD/DVD drive, then push the drive out to remove it from the laptop completely. 8
Remove all screws around the base of the laptop. You will now be left with a total of 18 screws located around the edge of the base of the laptop, and in between the stickers and hardware components in the center. Remove all of these carefully and set aside in a safe place. 9
Prepare the cover for removal. Turn the laptop up on its edge so that the back of the laptop is facing you; you will see two screws on the hinges of the computer. Unscrew these and set them aside. 10
Remove the hinge cover. Open the laptop so that the screen is laying flat; use the flathead screwdriver to pry open the hinge cover and pull it off gently with your fingers. 11
Remove the keyboard. Lift up the keyboard and reach behind it to release the cable. You will need to tug gently on the cable to unhook it from the motherboard. 12
Unhook the LCD screen from the notebook. Unplug the Wi-Fi antenna cables located on the right side of the motherboard directly under the screen, then unplug the video cable located directly under the hinge cover. Remove the pair of screws located to the left and right of the LCD screen and gently lift the LCD screen off the notebook's base unit. 13
Remove the system board. Turn the base unit over and unscrew the five screws securing the motherboard to the base. Two of these are located near the hinge cover, and two are located beneath and to the right of the hard drive unit. The fifth is located a few inches below the top right edge of the laptop. 14
Disconnect the motherboard. Lift the system board, then unhook the cable connecting it to the base unit.
Remove the top or bottom cover of the power nozzle/base of the vacuum. The screws will be on either the top or bottom of the base. Remove these screws to gain access to the brushroll. Remove the brushroll and attach your belt then putting the belt around the brushroll and using the brushroll to stretch the belt into place. Replace the top and bottom cover.
Tips: ** Take your time -- Be aware of cables -- Separate the screws and keep them safe -- Unplug the laptop and remove the battery -- try to use an anti static strap --
1) You will need to remove all the screws from the bottom of the case to remove the top. You will also need to remove the large bottom cover and take out a few screws (sorry I cant remember which ones). You do not need to remove the screws on the heat sink. It will be pretty clear which ones need removing.
2) The plastic cover with quickplay buttons is clipped on. There is a gap above the F2/F3 keys where you can insert a flat head screw driver and gently twist. Be careful not to damage the wires!
3) The keyboard then lifts from the top but there are clips on the bottom which need to be gently twisted out. Furthermore you will need to remove the cable connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.
4) There is one screw underneath the keyboard holding the top down that needs to be removed.
5) After all the screws are removed from the bottom you can gently pry open the top from the bottom. Its all clipped together but you must be careful not to jam something inside. Check to make sure no other wires are connected that could be damaged when removing the top.
6) You will need to remove the 2 rubber pads at the bottom of the screen to gain access to the screws. After screws are removed you can gently pry the plastic cover off which exposes the top part of the hinge. I had the most trouble with this because i didn't want to scratch anything.
7) Remove the upper and lower square tab on the sides of the lcd and remove the screws.
8) The LCD actually slides down slightly which allows you to lift it and remove the hinges.
9) Changing the hinges is self explanatory at this point. Remember not to over tighten the screws!
10) Finally be very careful not to pinch the wires running past the hinges to the motherboard. I actually ran into a pinched wire which would cause the laptop to shut off when the screen was moved. So just be aware when tightening down the new hinge.
I have a 1994 Grand Caravan and have done this several times.
1. Disconnect Negative side of Battery.
2. Remove all screws.
a. There are screw covers to remove first before
gaining access to the screws. I use a pick
b. One in recess of the door arm rest. Round
c. One is behind the door latch release. Pull/Hold
open to gain access. Then remove the cover
d. Two are located on the Map pocket. Round
e. One is located up near the side mirror.
f. One is located on the upper portion on the door
handle. It has a square cover.
3. Pry up and out the window/mirror adjustment cover and unplug the connection.
4. Use a wide flat screw driver to carefully pry on the bottom then side edges of the trim panel to "pop" the retainers out of the door.
5. Once all retainers have been freed: Lift up the door trim up off the upper ledge.
6. Peel back (but do not entirely remove) the rubber/plastic watershield cover.
7. Disconnect all wire connections to the door trim.
8. Pry off the plastic retaining clip to the door handle metal bar and remove the "L" bar out of the plastic connector.
9. Set the Trim Panel off to the side.
10. Remove all wire holders from the door.
11. Move the wires inside and towards the front lower access hole.
12. Peel back the rubber wire guard between the door and the A-pillar frame.
13. Pull out as much wire as possible out of the door and let hang..
14. While someone else is supporting the door: (If no one can help: with the door fully open: use a jack and block of wood to support the bottom outer edge of the door
a. I use a Breaker Bar or long Wrench
Extention and Hammer or Mallet.
b. Tap Up the Bottom Hinge Pin first.
c. I also use a flat Screw to tap up the Pin Head.
d. Remove the Bottom Door Hinge Pin.
e. Remove the Upper Hinge Pin the same way.
f. Make sure the Door is being held in place.
15. Remove any left over wires out from the door.
16. Carefully move the door away from the hinges.
If you have not replaced the Hinge Pins, and Guides, now would be a good time to do it!!
I have a CQ60-220US HP Compaq and access to the LCD screen was different than others I have disassembled and replaced the display. The bezel is snapped on, the lid does not lay back flat to access the two hinge screws, but there are 2 screws with rubber covers down by the hinges, not all the way around.
I used a right angle phillips screw driver and was able to remove the bottom screws, popped off the bezel the remainder of the way around the screen, it is different, but don't be fooled there are a few screws just not the amount you might be used to, and then gaining access to one of the hinge screws on each side can be an issue as the lid did not lay back flat, but with a good right angle screw driver you can get it done, I did. I am not sure if the proper method is to not just remove the entire top cover and hinges, but the right angle screw driver and finding that this model had only a couple bezel screws made it much easier to tackle.
Before you pull apart your laptop, check the male connector and power cord of the adapter, check it with a multimeter and or plug it into another Compaq. You could have a broken wire in the power cord, it could save you a lot of work.
To pull apart the laptop, remove the battery, hard drive and CD drive first.
Then remove all the screws from the bottom of the laptop, plus the screws on the back that holds the LCD's hinge to the laptop base.
Take a note of where the screws come from, some may be shorter that others.
The remove the keyboard (the screws should already been removed from the bottom of the laptop).
Carefully remove the plastic cover next to the base of the LCD screen, This may also cover the hinges, if necessary fold the screen flat to enable you to carefully pry this cover up and off.
The plastic top cover is clip fastened to the bottom of the case, carefully prize apart from one side and gradually work around the other sides.
You can now remove the LCD, there are two connects attached to the motherboard, unclip these.
The motherboard is under the keyboard and plastic top cover, there are screws securing it to the plastic base, remove these and you should be able to free it from the base.
Now you can solder/fix the power connector.
I suggest you use a temperature controlled soldering iron.
Don't use too much force, you might crack the plastic parts.
Best of luck and have fun.
Hello Wendy names Nick and just done hinge work on the Presario V5000z and readin up on your problem my suggestion would be lookin on ebay or various sites for the hinge then go about replacing it.
Steps involved in replacing the hinge start with removing power and battery
Next come the more difficult step, removing all the screws fron the bottom of the unit (this is done to gain access to the wireless cables which run from the wifi card to the lcd display)
once the base is removed then you carefully use a flat head screw driver an near the top row of keys (while pressing a few of them down) you will see a few notches which you can pry off the top cover giving you access to the lcd screen connector and bracket anchoring screws.
hopefully you disconnected your wireless antenna leads by now, and also disconnected the lcd cable from the board.
now you have the lcd display free from the base, now to change the hinge.
under the lil rubber circle pads are screws holding the brazel to the front of the lcd, this should be removed to get access to the lcd itself and thus the hinge brackets.
remove replace carefully i might add. then do everything in reverse to get the system reassembled and there ya have it
hinge has been replaced
P.S. careful steps should always be taken to prevent shock damage to any computer system when working on internals, also mind bending and pincing cables since they can most times be easilly damaged