Introduction

Replace motherboard in an Acer Aspire 5100.

Image 1/1: Although the battery is missing in this photo, it is not necessary to remove.
  • Place the laptop upside down.

  • Although the battery is missing in this photo, it is not necessary to remove.

  • Locate the largest removable panel on the back and remove the four screws connecting it.

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  • Lift up and remove the panel.

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  • Locate the fan and remove the two screws connecting it.

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Image 1/2: When detaching the cable, do not pull on the cable itself. Instead, use a small spudger to detach it at the white section that connects it to the motherboard. Image 2/2: When detaching the cable, do not pull on the cable itself. Instead, use a small spudger to detach it at the white section that connects it to the motherboard.
  • Lift out the fan CAREFULLY and detach the cable that connects the fan to the motherboard.

    • When detaching the cable, do not pull on the cable itself. Instead, use a small spudger to detach it at the white section that connects it to the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Locate the panel above the keyboard that has the power button on it. Image 2/2: Remove this panel by using a spudger to pry up the sides.
  • Open and push the screen back all the way until it is horizontal with the rest of the laptop.

  • Locate the panel above the keyboard that has the power button on it.

  • Remove this panel by using a spudger to pry up the sides.

    • You are using the spudger to release tabs holding the panel in place.

  • After you have used the spudger to release the tabs, lift up the panel.

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Image 1/3: Lift up the keyboard CAREFULLY because there is a ribbon that connects the keyboard to the motherboard. Image 2/3: Lift up the keyboard CAREFULLY because there is a ribbon that connects the keyboard to the motherboard. Image 3/3: Lift up the keyboard CAREFULLY because there is a ribbon that connects the keyboard to the motherboard.
  • Under the panel, locate and remove the two screws that connect the keyboard to the laptop. One screw is located above the F5 button, and the other one is located above the F10 button.

  • Lift up the keyboard CAREFULLY because there is a ribbon that connects the keyboard to the motherboard.

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Image 1/1: Remove the keyboard.
  • Release the catch on the ribbon socket, by sliding the two tabs toward the ribbon, then pull the ribbon, which is located under the keyboard, to detach it from the motherboard.

  • Remove the keyboard.

do not pull on ribbon it will only break the cable. instead use tool to detach from mother board. i broke mine by pulling ribbon.

steve foss - Reply

useless guide, there are a lot of screws that lock the cover on the laptop and you have never showed them

Valerio Vischio - Reply

You do not need to remove the whole cover, in order to replace the keyboard.

The description for this job is right.

The switch plate cover just pops off.

Screws revealed, secure the keyboard.

Unclip the ribbon cable.

Job done

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  • On the back of the laptop, locate and unscrew all nine of the screws located at the edges.

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Image 1/3: Use the spudger to pry open the sides of this cover. Image 2/3: You are using the spudger to release tabs holding the cover in place. Image 3/3: DO NOT lift cover off after detaching it because the track pad is connected to the motherboard.
  • Open the lid of the laptop and locate the cover that surrounds the keyboard and track pad.

  • Use the spudger to pry open the sides of this cover.

    • You are using the spudger to release tabs holding the cover in place.

  • DO NOT lift cover off after detaching it because the track pad is connected to the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Release the catch by sliding the two lugs toward the ribbon, then pull the ribbon to detach it from the motherboard. Image 2/2: Lift up the cover from the laptop.
  • Slightly lift up the cover to see the ribbon connection.

  • Release the catch by sliding the two lugs toward the ribbon, then pull the ribbon to detach it from the motherboard.

  • Lift up the cover from the laptop.

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Image 1/1: Remove the three screws located at the corners.
  • On the cover that was removed, flip it around and locate where the back of the track pad is.

  • Remove the three screws located at the corners.

    • Lift up the bracket that you just unscrewed and remove track pad.

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  • Unscrew the 2 screws at each corner located underneath the LCD screen.

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Image 1/2: Detach the white rectangle located on the motherboard at the end of the wire. Image 2/2: Detach the white rectangle located on the motherboard at the end of the wire.
  • Locate the wire connecting the LCD screen to the motherboard.

  • Detach the white rectangle located on the motherboard at the end of the wire.

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Image 1/2: Locate the largest removable panel on the back and remove the four screws connecting it. Image 2/2: Lift up and remove the panel.
  • Place the laptop upside down.

  • Locate the largest removable panel on the back and remove the four screws connecting it.

  • Lift up and remove the panel.

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Image 1/1: You do not need to remove the cooling fan
  • Locate the black and white wire and detach it.

  • You do not need to remove the cooling fan

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  • Lift up the monitor to detach it

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Image 1/1: There is normally only one remaining screw holding the board. Bottom right (sometimes under tape).
  • Locate and remove the screws on the motherboard.

  • There is normally only one remaining screw holding the board. Bottom right (sometimes under tape).

  • All the other screw holes except screws holding the base cover on and are kept empty.

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Image 1/1: Locate the heat sink, which is the copper "L" shaped component, and unscrew the four screws that connect it to the motherboard.
  • Flip the laptop upside down.

  • Locate the heat sink, which is the copper "L" shaped component, and unscrew the four screws that connect it to the motherboard.

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Image 1/1: Push out the back of the casing by the VGA connector to be able to get the motherboard out.
  • Find the VGA connector located next to the USB ports.

  • Push out the back of the casing by the VGA connector to be able to get the motherboard out.

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Image 1/2: Remove the USB add-on card to use it with the new motherboard. Image 2/2: To remove, grab on the sides and lift upward.
  • Lift up and remove the motherboard from the laptop casing.

  • Remove the USB add-on card to use it with the new motherboard.

    • To remove, grab on the sides and lift upward.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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que tipo de motherboard puedo comprar para una laptop acer aspire 5100-3357

KALALA - Reply

Thank you. I followed the guide as closely as possible. I am installing Windows 76 Ultimate on it again.

Thank you!

rogers518086 - Reply

a lot of stuff missing in terms of unscrewing certain screws to get the cover off. I got stuck at step 10 because the cover was still attached by various screws.

Maybe I have a different model, but it is for sure an Acer Aspire 5100.

I also broke a lot of connection where screws thread in to, hopefully it goes back together rigidly enough.

Jamie Beurklian - Reply

It is not neccessary for a full strip down, just to get at the CPU. Access from the main cover, remove fan and heatsink. The CPU can now be removed as in the final steps.

Richard - Reply

You have to remove the video cable, wifi cables and LCD before you try to remove the touchpad/upper cover. You must also remove two screws from the bottom labeled 10x. In other words, you should complete steps 12 to 16 and remove the 10x screws before attempting to complete steps 9 to 11.

Nelson Mata - Reply

The Fan must also be removed before removing the touchpad/upper cover.

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