Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace a cracked display assembly on an Acer Aspire R7 laptop.

Remove all 10 of the lower case screws with a T9 torx screwdriver. The front row screws are shorter then the middle and back row screws. The front row screws are shorter then the middle and back row screws.
  • Remove all 10 of the lower case screws with a T9 torx screwdriver.

  • The front row screws are shorter then the middle and back row screws.

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Remove the long middle rubber piece with a plastic spludger or small flat head screwdriver. Remove the 2 torx screws. The screws are the same size as the top and middle row screws.
  • Remove the long middle rubber piece with a plastic spludger or small flat head screwdriver.

  • Remove the 2 torx screws.

  • The screws are the same size as the top and middle row screws.

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Remove the small middle rubber piece with a plastic spludger or small flat head screwdriver. Unscrew the torx screw.  It is the same size as the bottom front row screws. Unscrew the torx screw.  It is the same size as the bottom front row screws.
  • Remove the small middle rubber piece with a plastic spludger or small flat head screwdriver.

  • Unscrew the torx screw. It is the same size as the bottom front row screws.

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Lift up the lower case from the computer. Lift up the lower case from the computer. Lift up the lower case from the computer.
  • Lift up the lower case from the computer.

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Disconnect the battery connector from the motherboard. Disconnect the battery connector from the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the battery connector from the motherboard.

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Remove the two battery screws. Remove the two battery screws.
  • Remove the two battery screws.

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Remove the battery by lifting it up carfully. Remove the battery by lifting it up carfully.
  • Remove the battery by lifting it up carfully.

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Remove the 2 top screws on the hard drive. Remove the 2 top screws on the hard drive.
  • Remove the 2 top screws on the hard drive.

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Remove the hard drive by slightly lifting it up on the left side and slightly pulling it to the left carefully untill it pops out. Remove the hard drive by slightly lifting it up on the left side and slightly pulling it to the left carefully untill it pops out.
  • Remove the hard drive by slightly lifting it up on the left side and slightly pulling it to the left carefully untill it pops out.

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Disconnect the black and white WiFi antenna wires. Disconnect the black and white WiFi antenna wires.
  • Disconnect the black and white WiFi antenna wires.

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Unscrew the screw holding down the WiFi card. Remove the WiFi card. Remove the WiFi card.
  • Unscrew the screw holding down the WiFi card.

  • Remove the WiFi card.

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Disconnect the two keyboard ribbon cables Disconnect the left speaker wire. Disconnect the front lights ribbon cable.
  • Disconnect the two keyboard ribbon cables

  • Disconnect the left speaker wire.

  • Disconnect the front lights ribbon cable.

  • Disconnect the I/O board ribbon cable.

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Disconnect the DC jack cable. Disconnect the DC jack cable.
  • Disconnect the DC jack cable.

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Disconnect the two display cables. Disconnect the two display cables.
  • Disconnect the two display cables.

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Disconnect the heat sink fan wire. Disconnect the microphone wire.
  • Disconnect the heat sink fan wire.

  • Disconnect the microphone wire.

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Disconnect the right speaker wire. Disconnect the right speaker wire.
  • Disconnect the right speaker wire.

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Remove the 3 heat sink screws. Lift up the heat sink from the motherboard and remove it. When reinstalling the heat sink during reassembly, make sure to clean off the old thermal paste from the CPU and heat sink with Artic Silver ArtiClean. Then put a grain of rice sized amount of new Artic Silver thermal paste on the CPU so it won't overheat. See 3rd picture.
  • Remove the 3 heat sink screws.

  • Lift up the heat sink from the motherboard and remove it.

  • When reinstalling the heat sink during reassembly, make sure to clean off the old thermal paste from the CPU and heat sink with Artic Silver ArtiClean. Then put a grain of rice sized amount of new Artic Silver thermal paste on the CPU so it won't overheat. See 3rd picture.

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Remove the 2 heat sink fan screws. Remove the heat sink fan. Remove the heat sink fan.
  • Remove the 2 heat sink fan screws.

  • Remove the heat sink fan.

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Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable. Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable.
  • Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable.

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Remove the 3 motherboard screws. Remove the motherboard by lifting it up very carefully as the power button ribbon cable is still connected to the left under side of the motherboard. See step 21.
  • Remove the 3 motherboard screws.

  • Remove the motherboard by lifting it up very carefully as the power button ribbon cable is still connected to the left under side of the motherboard. See step 21.

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Remove the power button ribbon cable from the motherboard. Remove the power button ribbon cable from the motherboard.
  • Remove the power button ribbon cable from the motherboard.

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Remove the 4 silver hinge screws. Remove the 2 black hinge screws.
  • Remove the 4 silver hinge screws.

  • Remove the 2 black hinge screws.

  • The black screws are shorter then the silver screws.

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Carefully open the laptop and the hinges will pop off the frame. Carefully open the laptop and the hinges will pop off the frame. Carefully open the laptop and the hinges will pop off the frame.
  • Carefully open the laptop and the hinges will pop off the frame.

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Optional Step Remove the 4 T9 torx screws from the display assembly where the model number and serial numbers stickers are located and swap that panel to the replacement display assembly.  Completing this step allows for your computer to retain its original identification information. Remove the 4 T9 torx screws from the display assembly where the model number and serial numbers stickers are located and swap that panel to the replacement display assembly.  Completing this step allows for your computer to retain its original identification information.
  • Optional Step

  • Remove the 4 T9 torx screws from the display assembly where the model number and serial numbers stickers are located and swap that panel to the replacement display assembly. Completing this step allows for your computer to retain its original identification information.

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Congradulations!  You've completed this guide! :)
  • Congradulations! You've completed this guide! :)

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Conclusion

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

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Where do you get a new display?

GoofyBall - Reply

I ordered the display on eBay.

computeripodrepair -

Horrible guide. None of this is necessary to replace the screen. The actual steps necessary to replace the screen are not listed...

Blue Raja - Reply

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