Introduction

Cleaning the fan is an important part of laptop maintenance. The fan on the Acer Aspire 5734z-4836 is located under the circuit board, so you will first need to remove the battery, keyboard, and front panel.

Image 1/1: Flip your laptop on its back so the battery is facing up and the hinges are facing away from you.
  • Before removing the battery, power off your laptop and disconnect the AC adapter.

  • Flip your laptop on its back so the battery is facing up and the hinges are facing away from you.

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  • Slide the right latch down to unlock the battery.

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Image 1/2: While holding this latch in place, pry the battery up from its bottom edge. Image 2/2: Lift the old battery out of its compartment.
  • Slide and hold the left latch below the battery.

  • While holding this latch in place, pry the battery up from its bottom edge.

  • Lift the old battery out of its compartment.

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Image 1/3: By using a bit of force some clicks will be heard when removing the cover. Image 2/3: By using a bit of force some clicks will be heard when removing the cover. Image 3/3: By using a bit of force some clicks will be heard when removing the cover.
  • Pinch the edges of the plastic covering above the keyboard, and pull away from the laptop until the covering pops off.

  • By using a bit of force some clicks will be heard when removing the cover.

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Image 1/2: Multiple clicks may be heard as you pull the keyboard off. Image 2/2: Multiple clicks may be heard as you pull the keyboard off.
  • Pull the keyboard off gently so not to damage the keyboard ribbon cable.

  • Multiple clicks may be heard as you pull the keyboard off.

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Image 1/3: When reinstalling a new keyboard, fold the ribbon in the same way the old keyboard's ribbon was folded. Image 2/3: When reinstalling a new keyboard, fold the ribbon in the same way the old keyboard's ribbon was folded. Image 3/3: When reinstalling a new keyboard, fold the ribbon in the same way the old keyboard's ribbon was folded.
  • Pull the blue keyboard ribbon cable from the ZIF connector.

  • When reinstalling a new keyboard, fold the ribbon in the same way the old keyboard's ribbon was folded.

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  • Begin with the laptop placed on its bottom and the empty keyboard space facing you.

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  • Disconnect the screen connector in the upper left of the laptop.

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Image 1/3: Peel off the tape, covering the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires. Image 2/3: Peel off the tape, covering the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires. Image 3/3: Peel off the tape, covering the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires.
  • Locate the tape on the upper left of the laptop.

  • Peel off the tape, covering the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires.

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  • Gently disconnect the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires from the upper-left.

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Image 1/1: In order to access the screw in the upper left corner, you may have to gently move the red and white wires.
  • Remove the 5 screws in the middle of the laptop using a #00 Phillips Screwdriver.

  • In order to access the screw in the upper left corner, you may have to gently move the red and white wires.

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  • Disconnect the two blue and white ribbons by applying pressure downward and pushing them out of their sockets.

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Image 1/2: The two metal and two plastic connectors will come free. Save them in a safe place. Image 2/2: The two metal and two plastic connectors will come free. Save them in a safe place.
  • Remove the four screws from the upper corners of the laptop using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • The two metal and two plastic connectors will come free. Save them in a safe place.

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  • Pop off the black plastic hinge coverings.

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  • Peel away the sticky plastic coverings with tweezers.

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  • Remove the three screws with a #00 Philips Screwdriver.

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  • Remove the single screw next to the right hinge with a #00 Phillips Screwdriver.

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  • Flip the device so the bottom of the laptop is face-up.

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  • Remove the fifteen screws from the back of the laptop with a Phillips #00 Screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Use a plastic opening tool. Image 2/2: Use a plastic opening tool.
  • Pry mid-back panel off.

  • Use a plastic opening tool.

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  • Lift the hard-drive cover in the bottom right corner off the laptop.

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  • Slide down the hard-drive out of the laptop.

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  • Peel away the black plastic covering under the mid-back panel.

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  • Remove the two screws on the left and bottom of the circuit board with a #00 Phillips Screwdriver.

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  • Disconnect the black and white wires on the small circuit board by gently pulling them out of their sockets.

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  • Remove the four screws from the metal piece beneath the circuit with a Phillips #000 Screwdriver.

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  • Life the metal plate free and place it somewhere for safe-keeping.

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  • The small circuit board will pop up easily. Carefully remove it

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  • Gently extract the black and white wires. They will pull free from the base through the hole in the upper left corner.

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Image 1/3: Some wires will be pulled up from the base so be careful not to pull it away too quickly. Image 2/3: Some wires will be pulled up from the base so be careful not to pull it away too quickly. Image 3/3: Some wires will be pulled up from the base so be careful not to pull it away too quickly.
  • Flip to the front and gently lift the front of the laptop off of the base.

  • Some wires will be pulled up from the base so be careful not to pull it away too quickly.

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Image 1/1: Location of the fan is in the upper-left corner.
  • Position the back panel so that the circuit board is face-up.

  • Location of the fan is in the upper-left corner.

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Image 1/1: Two screws are located below the fan, and three are along the circuit board's right edge.
  • Unscrew five screws from the circuit board using a #00 Phillips screwdriver.

    • Two screws are located below the fan, and three are along the circuit board's right edge.

  • Take note of the one black screw that goes in the lower-right corner.

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Image 1/3: Do not apply too much pressure on the optical disk drive, as you may risk damaging the disk drive's connector. Image 2/3: Do not apply too much pressure on the optical disk drive, as you may risk damaging the disk drive's connector. Image 3/3: Do not apply too much pressure on the optical disk drive, as you may risk damaging the disk drive's connector.
  • The large, silver box next to the circuit board is the optical disk drive, gently slide to the right to remove it.

    • Do not apply too much pressure on the optical disk drive, as you may risk damaging the disk drive's connector.

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  • Lift the circuit board out of the back panel and turn it over so the fan is facing up.

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Image 1/2: Gently extract three fan screws using #0 Phillips. Image 2/2: Gently extract three fan screws using #0 Phillips.
  • Locate the three screws around the fan

    • Gently extract three fan screws using #0 Phillips.

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Image 1/3: Grip gently the wire and pull the wires up toward you. Image 2/3: Grip gently the wire and pull the wires up toward you. Image 3/3: Grip gently the wire and pull the wires up toward you.
  • Disconnect the white fan connector.

  • Grip gently the wire and pull the wires up toward you.

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Image 1/1: Due to the accumulated dust inside the fan, you may want to use a  small brush to clean off dust.
  • Remove the fan from the circuit board.

  • Due to the accumulated dust inside the fan, you may want to use a small brush to clean off dust.

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Conclusion

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

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