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The front USB connectors are usually either molded into the front case or held in via a clip or screws. Unfortunately, when they go out due to the tab within the USB port breaking, they are not easily replaced as each manufacturer creates their own proprietary connector...not the USB part but the hardware to hold the USB in place. So you will find the hardest part of this project finding the right connector or "jerry-rigging" the new one to fit.
Another alternative is to remove everything from the old case...the mainboard, all the drives and whatever else can be moved, and put it into a new case. If your current power supply is good and of a standard size, etc...you can get a used case for around $10.00 and put all the other things from the old one in it. Fortunately, this series of Acer seems to be pretty much generic so everything should fit....just make sure the "new" case has good front USB ports.
If you wish to get some details; check the site linked here. Viewing it in "Mosaic" or "Magazine" will make surf easy. Pull up older posts. Surf the site with patience. Do a search by type in the brand name of your device at its search box and press "Enter". http://electronicshelponline.blogspot.com/
it seems to be a typical box PC, so I would try removing the side panel then look for some snaps on the front, and unsnap the front plastic bezel from the unit. (one side snaps, the other side is tabbed in with some plastic hinges that will just open as you pull the snaps back). once the plastic is off you should have access to the plastics inside the face panel.
You can reset BIOS setting by CMOS jumper
setting. Please follow the below steps: Open the Laptop back panel.
Locate the CMOS battery, remove it & then with the help of a screw
driver keep on pressing the terminal inside it and turn ON the computer
for 10 secs and Turn Off (make sure you keep on pressing the terminal
with a screwdriver while turning ON). It will clear the BIOS setting.
Now, fix the CMOS battery & restart the computer. This will take
care of the issue.
If the computer still does not boot, then it needs repair.
based on the images i've looked on for the Aspire m1201, you don't need to remove the front panel in order to remove the optical drive. if there are screws holding the drive in, remove them and then slide the drive forward. if its held in by sliding latches and not screws, then slide then in which ever direction necessary and then push the drive forward to take it out.
chk in your device manager if they are blocked or not. control panel and then open system and hardware and then device manager scroll down and see if you have any USB marked in Red if its there then right click on it and enable it. if still fails try doing a system restore or you should need to install a new version of windows. that's the same issue i encountered and i end up in reinstalling a new version of windows. cheers !!! :)
In many desktop computers you need to install the drive from inside the case and slide it outward along the runner. The piece of metal you are possibly referring to, will prevent it from sliding out too far from the inside. Alternately, but less likely, there may may some quick locking mechanism on the side of the bay drive which is in place and preventing your further movement inward. In this case simply remove, usually by twisting to one side or the other to release. It may be advisable to remove both side panels to ensure there is not one on the opposite side.
Good luck and let me know how it goes.
You can only use components compatible with Aspire series computers. Before you choose new components, please ask your authorized Acer dealer whether the part will operate within your Aspire series system. This is noted in your manual pg. 6.
Compatible memory for your Acer. Don't forget your Acer uses an intergrated graphics card that uses your system memory to function.