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Hello, Where can i purchase a Tab key replacement for an Acer 5738z How do i know i've got the correct key for the model? Can you suggest i good site to purchase one preferably uk based? thanks for assistance.

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  • redbionic Nov 06, 2010

    Thankyou that information will help.

    The other day we spoke about upgrading a graphics card on my Acer 5920g.

    a repair shop i spoke too claimed it would take them 6 hours to strip down my laptop and fit the card.

    also they wanted me to pay a £76 fee just to open up the laptop. I found another shop that would fit the card i have already for £15.

    I am a bit dubious of what the tech guy told me about this.

    Also i've been told the card is easy access once the back panel is removed.

    is swaping out the card only for experts or someone like myself who's never done it before?

    There's a tutorial on the Acer guy site called GPU SWAP for 5920g.

    i would appreciate your advice.

  • redbionic Nov 06, 2010

    Been told Ati hd 4570 is compatible also suits my budget.

    Believe it's a mid range card. seen it used to Dell laptops ect.

    want it for video editing really.


  • redbionic Nov 06, 2010

    I just checked the tutorial on Acer guy site.

    it says this about finding the graphics card:-

    Once all the screws are removed, you should be able to easily remove the back plate revealing the heat sink, graphics card, RAM, etc.

    Seems to me the ist tech guy was trying to charge me extra!


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  • redbionic Nov 06, 2010

    Yes Thanks.

  • redbionic Nov 06, 2010

    Thanks for the 2nd opinion on repair shop advice.

  • redbionic Nov 06, 2010

    I Just wanted to let you know that according to the Acer guy site.
    it's easy to find the graphics card.
    "Once all the screws are removed, you should be able to easily remove the back plate revealing the heat sink, graphics card, RAM, etc. "
    The Card i've ordered is Acer bios compatible mxm ect.
    Would there be any issues with My bios which is 14/3/2008?
    I understand we all need to sleep.

  • redbionic Nov 06, 2010

    Thankyou for your help.
    Those links you give seem seem to be for my Acer 5738z which i am not upgrading.
    It's my other laptop Acer 5920g i am changing the Card on.
    Have i misunderstood?

  • redbionic Nov 06, 2010

    I've appiled that bios update.
    appreciate your efforts
    Thanks again.



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unfortunately the keyboards are not sold in parts, you can replace the whole keyboard if you wish. Or remove the plastic tab from the button so that you see the metal, its pretty touch sensitive to a finger, actually I have an acer with a broken button and it works without the key.

Here you can read and see my guide on how to replace a keyboard on acer extensa 5635ZG

well, I happened to find spare keys from ebay

for the full new keyboard and other parts check

If theres anything else you need let me know.

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  • Ekse Nov 06, 2010

    the 80£ is a ripoff, you are basically just swapping out a part. 15£ sounded good.

    All you have to do is ground yourself before the job, I have a wrist strap that I ground myself with, if you don't have one, then remove your socks, seriously, and any clothing that might produce static electricity, then ground yourself by touching something metallic.

    Grab a screw driver and unscrew the bottom cover of the machine, you should have access to the card, its held in place with few screws, and then its easy to remove.

    Put in the new card and screw it in, close the cover etc.

    Your done, should work.

    Now if the card slot is not in the bottom of the laptop then the first guy was right and you would have to take apart the whole machine to get to it and its not so much of a ripoff in that case.

  • Ekse Nov 06, 2010

    Sorry, had gone to bed last night. Is there anything else I could help you with?

  • Ekse Nov 06, 2010

    don't think it would be a problem, but of course you may update the bios, and there is something else you should check on as well :

    also latest bios dated 2010/04/21

    Note mentions a issue with ati display adapter. I think you should update when you get the chance.

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