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How do I disassemble an Ascentia J series CSS10 notebook computer?

I have a positively ancient Ascentia J Series J30 P-100 CSS10 notebook computer which I still use to control stepper motors. This notebook has worked ok for years but last night it gave a message saying the bios battery has failed. I was wondering how to replace the battery as I can't work out how to pull the case apart. There seems to be a few clips holding it which I can't see.


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  • Geoff Mar 27, 2008

    Oh well, guess I'll have to keep trying. --gdee

  • Geoff Mar 29, 2008

    oops, I didn't know that.
    This is my first post so I'm learning. --gdee



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Problem is almost solved. There is a good video on how to take apart a laptop on Youtube. I've almost done it, I keep running out of time due to family things getting in the way.

Here's the URL:

Although the laptop shown isn't the same as mine, the method used is working for me. I've removed the HDD, battery, memory, the screen and the keyboard, so far. I just need to remove the plastic surrounding where the keyboard was.


Posted on Apr 03, 2008

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Im unable to find any service manuals for AST / Ascentia
Im sorry but your own your own, look everywhere there is a way to open it, dont force it.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

  • Ekse Mar 27, 2008

    could you change the rateing? Thanks for trying is more like a insult in this website.

    I told you how the things are.

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If you have the ability to test the battery, do so and make sure it's not bad. You can try plugging your machine in with the battery in it and giving it a few hours/over night to charge the battery before trying to power on. If neither of these help, return the battery. I understand batteries plus has a pretty good return policy.

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The sound only works when the screen is in a certain position

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