Thursday, April 28, 2016

Acer Aspire V5-571- How to replace the Hard disc drive – Laptop repair and service

Category: Laptop Repair and Service 

Contents of the article 

  • How to locate the screws
  • How to remove the keyboard 
  • How to remove the HDD

Acer Aspire V5-571

Turn off the laptop and remove the battery.
Remove two screws securing the Keyboard.
The Keyboard is held by two locking clips, under the battery. Use the sharp tip of a plastic tool to release the keyboard.

Remove the Keyboard and disconnect the two flex cables:
Keyboard flex cable
Keyboard Light flex cable
Remove 4x phillips screws and disconnect:
Power On button flex cable
Touch pad flex cable
Remove 18x Phillips screws from the bottom cover.
Remove any memory SD Card from the Card reader.
Start opening with a plastic opening tool.
Carefully separate the upper cover and remove it.
Gently remove the HDD and disconnect the SATA cable from it.
HDD Not Operating Correctly 
If the HDD fails to operate correctly, perform the following:
1. Disconnect all external devices.
2. Run a complete virus scan using up-to-date software to confirm the computer is virus free.
3. Run the Windows Vista Startup Repair Utility:
a. Insert the Windows Vista Operating System DVD in the ODD and restart the computer.
b. When prompted, press any key to start to the operating system DVD.
c. When the Install Windows screen appears, click Next.
d. Select Repair your computer.
e. When the System Recovery Options screen appears, click Next.
f. Select the appropriate operating system, and click Next.
NOTE: Click Load Drivers if controller drives are required.
g. Select Startup Repair.
NOTE: Startup Repair attempts to locate and resolve issues with the computer.
h. When complete, click Finish.
If an issue is discovered, follow the on-screen information to resolve the problem.
1. Run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool. For more information see Windows Help and Support.
2. Restart the computer and press F2 to enter the BIOS Utility. Check the BIOS settings are correct and that CD/DVD drive is set as the first boot device on the Boot menu.
3. Confirm all cables and jumpers on the HDD and ODD are set correctly.
4. Remove any recently added hardware and associated software.
5. Run the Windows Disk Defragmenter. For more information see Windows Help and Support.
6. Run Windows Check Disk by entering chkdsk /r from a command prompt. For more information see Windows Help and Support.
7. Restore system and file settings from a known good date using System Restore.
8. If the issue is not fixed, repeat the preceding steps and select an earlier time and date.
9. Replace the HDD.
Computer Shuts Down Intermittently 
If the system powers off at intervals, perform the following.
1. Makes sure the power cable is properly connected to the computer and the electrical outlet.
2. Remove all extension cables between the computer and the outlet.
3. Remove all surge protectors between the computer and the electrical outlet. Plug the computer directly into a known serviceable electrical outlet.
4. Disconnect the power and open the casing to check the Thermal Unit and fan airways are free of obstructions.
5. Remove all external and non-essential hardware connected to the computer that are not necessary to boot the computer to the failure point.
6. Remove any recently installed software.