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How can I take the back off of the Acer AZS600-UR308 23-Inch all in one in order to upgrade the RAM?

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1) There are very few Service Manuals out there, for an All-In-One desktop computer.
Consequently very few videos.

2) This is a VERY new Acer all-in-one, according to reviews I find on the 'net. Looks like it came out to market, in February 2013.
Means it's still under warranty.

By you removing the Back Cover, to add additional Ram Memory, you will be voiding any possible warranty.
This means if ANYTHING HAPPENS to the computer, while you are working on it, you are on your own. No Acer to back you up.

Working with this premise in mind, are you SURE you wish to proceed?

Going with the attitude, "Man the oars gentlemen, we're going in at full speed", let's continue................

That all-in-one is essentially a laptop standing on one side.
Means Anti-Static Procedures used for a laptop, should also be observed for your all-in-one.
Once you take the Back Cover off, and whatever system of Static Shields they have in the way; you are looking at hardware components, that are highly sensitive to Static shock.

One touch of your fingers, and you are not following Anti-Static Procedures, and Poof! You now have an expensive paperweight.
(Or conversation piece)

You NEED to wear an ESD wrist strap, and it's alligator clip MUST be attached to a good ground source.
(NO, you cannot touch any metal frame of the all-in-one, and relieve your body of Static; like you would perform with a desktop computer)

Here is but one example of an ESD wrist strap,

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103245
I connect to an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of an open, empty desktop computer case. I feel an Anti-Static mat is unwarranted, and can expound on that.

You can set a large serving tray (Unpainted), on the table you're working on; and connect to it.
Or perhaps a large metal knickknack. (Unpainted)

I would also suggest using a couple of computer Spudger Tools.
The reason for using two will be stated later on. This is one example of a computer spudger tool,

http://www.amazon.com/Techni-Tool-Spudger-Alignment-Tool-Black/dp/B000PDNPYK/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1366763167&sr=8-8&keywords=spudger+tool

Flat area on the table, (Or smooth workbench), lay a thick soft static free cloth on the table; large enough so the entire Display Bezel will fit.
Lay the all-in-one down face first, on the soft cloth.
Looking at a Rear view of the Aspire ZS600,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103637

,shows me that there are two screws holes; in each of the Bottom corners.
These need to be removed.
One below the label on the Left, one below the I/O area on the Right. (Input/Output area)

Also see if there is a Tab release on the small cover, for the hinge area on the Stand. (Back Stand)
Or see if gently squeezed, it will release two tabs on the bottom or top, and this will allow removal of this small cover.
Then see if there are screws to remove, that allow removal of the Back Stand.
The Back Stand's - Hinge area, should be screwed on.

Feel with your fingers over the label, applying a bit of pressure as you do. (Fingertip) You are looking/feeling for slight depression/s, that may indicate a screw, or screws; are hidden under that label.
If so carefully peel the label back, remove the screw/s.
Check carefully all over for hidden screws.

See if there is a small screw, which holds that rectangular cover in the I/O area; to the all-in-one.
(USB ports, Ethernet cable port, HDMI ports, etc; are in the I/O area )
May be more than one, but one is the usual amount. Small Philips head screw. (May be Torx)
Remove the I/O area cover.

[On the Newegg link there is a Main view shown. Under it are smaller views. Clicking on the three dots -> ... brings the different views up all at once.
Then click on the Back View, use the Zoom In icon, ( + ), and drag the photo around. That, is how I am looking at a detailed up close view; of the Back Cover ]

From here;
The Back Cover has CLIPS going around it's outside perimeter, of it's inside edges. (Clip. Actual name? LATCH)
These snap into matching TABS, on the Middle Cover.
The Clips are an open U-shape. The center, or 'hole' of the U, fits over a protruding Tab.
The U-shaped Clips need to be eased over, off of the Tabs; long enough to remove the Back Cover in -> THAT area.
The U-shaped Clips are either made of thin metal, or plastic protruded from the Back Cover, itself.

Newer designs come out all the time. It seems so far though, that they, (Computer all-in-one manufacturers), are using less, and less screws, to hold the Back Cover on.

Most use the 'hook' Clip affair, and a matching Tab.
Some though, do not use the Clip/Tab affair, and use 4 screws (or more), for the Back Cover.
After screw removal, the Back Cover is just lifted off. (That is after the Back Stand Cover, Back Stand, and I/O area cover is removed)
I use an old thick credit card, and slide in-between, the parting line where the Back Cover meets the Middle Cover. This alone may get the clips in a position, to release.
If so a spudger tool slipped in the gap created, will start easing the Back Cover off; as you slide the credit card ahead of it.

Sometimes after the credit card has created a gap, one spudger tool is used to hold the gap open; and the other spudger tool is used to release the clips.
May take the finesse of using a Spudger tool, to ease the clip off of the Tab. If it's plastic use care! (Clip)
Spudger tool is gently inserted into opening of U-shaped clip, and clip eased off just enough; to clear Tab.

Will post videos that are not of the Aspire ZS600 series, but parts of videos have guidance, that may be needed with yours.

A) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abK3RWJcaPM

At 2:16. See if there are ports on yours, that need to be cleared when removing the Back Cover.
NO........do NOT recommend a metal tool!!

Brand spanking new all-in-one, and you'll have scratches, and gouges on it when you are done. Spudger tool.
Also if the metal tool goes too far in, may cut/damage wires, etc.
Could slip, break a Tab off, and stab deep into the 'guts' of the all-in-one. Metal tool = No

At 3:07 you start seeing the U-shaped clips, I'm referring to.
With this design, the Clips are EASED to the INSIDE. You can see later that the Tabs come IN, from the Outside.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHQeuEdNGJE

0:18 This MAY, be how your Back Stand Cover is held in place. Always look for a tiny screw, or screws; though.
This type of cover can be squeezed enough usually, that the Tabs on one edge, will come out of slots in the Static Shield.
Also check 0:30 through 0:50, and see if that applies towards yours.

Metal style clips shown at 1:03
From there it should be just remove metal Static Shields, to access the Ram Memory. (ESD wrist strap)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Posted on Apr 24, 2013

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