This set of instructions will help you to disassemble an Acer Aspire R 15 (R5-571TG-59VA) model N16P2 laptop.
In the first part of the guide I show how to disassemble the laptop base and in the second part how to open up the display panel.
You will need the following repair tools: Phillips screwdriver size #0, tweezers, case opener tool.
Remove twelve screws securing the base cover.
Pry up the base cover and remove it completely.
Remove two screws securing the laptop battery.
Lift up the battery and disconnect the battery cable from the motherboard.
Acer Aspire R 15 (R5-571TG-59VA) N16P2 battery model: AC14B3K.
Exactly the same battery model is used in Acer Aspire R 14 (R5-471T-71W2) N15P6 which I disassembled in one of the previous guides.
Disconnect the 2.5″ hard drive cable from the motherboard.
In order to unplug the cable it’s necessary to unlock the connector first.
Lift up the locking tab at a 90 degree angle to unlock the connector (red arrow). After that pull the hard drive cable out (yellow arrow).
Remove the hard drive with the rubber mounting bracket and cable attached.
If you are replacing it with a new drive or upgrading to a 2.5″ SSD drive, you’ll have to transfer the mounting bracket and SATA connector board to the new drive.
Acer Aspire R 15 (R5-571TG-59VA) can support a NVMe M.2 SSD which is much faster than a regular hard drive. The M.2 slot located just above the regular hard drive.
UPDATE: Today I tried installing Windows 10 OS on a 1TB Samsung 970 Evo NVMe M.2 drive. For some reason the installation utility didn’t recognize the drive correctly. The drive was detected but the size of the drive was reported as 0MB. I couldn’t format it. I tried upgrading the laptop BIOS from v 1.07 to v 1.10 but it didn’t help.
At same time, my older 500GB Samsung 960 Evo NVMe drive was recognized correctly. I had no trouble installing Windows 10 OS on that drive.
I’m not sure if this problem is related to the laptop BIOS (maybe will be fixed in the future) or the hardware just doesn’t support latests NVMe drives. I just thought this is worth mentioning.
Remove three screws securing the USB/SD card reader/Power button board.
Disconnect the I/O cable from the motherboard. This connector is hidden under the black mylar cover.
Here’s how to disconnect the I/O cable.
Unlock the connector (red arrow) and pull the cable out (yellow arrow). Notice that on this connector the locking tab opens up from outside towards the cable.
Lift up and remove the USB/SD card reader/Power button board.
Disconnect both wireless antenna cables from the wireless card (two red arrows).
Disconnect the web camera connector from the motherboard (green arrow).
I will leave the wireless card connected to the motherboard but you can remove it if necessary.
Un-route cables from the guided path on the palmrest assembly.
Unplug the touchscreen digitizer cable and display cable from the motherboard.
Un-route the cable from the guided path.
Remove six screws securing the left and right display hinges.
Lift up the right display hinge at a 30 degree angle.
Lift up the left display hinge the same way.
With both hinges lifted up you can separate the palmrest assembly from the display panel.
Later in this guide I will show how to open up the display panel and access the LCD screen.
Remove six screws (orange) securing the cooling fans.
Remove nine screws (red) securing the motherboard.
Disconnect the following color-coded cables:
– The front LED status light cable (yellow).
– Two speaker cables (pink).
– Two touchpad cables (blue).
– Two keyboard cables (green).
The RTC battery plugged in into the motherboard. I’m not going to disconnect the RTC battery and remove it with the motherboard. The RTC battery is glued to the palmrest by adhesive tape.
Here’s how to disconnect the wide keyboard cable. This connector is a little bit different from all other connectors.
Slide the connector locking tab towards the cable (two red arrows) and pull the cable out (yellow arrow).
All other flat cables can be released the same way.
Unlock the connector and pull the cable out.
Separate the motherboard from the palmrest assembly and remove it.
There are six screws securing the cooling module (heatsink and two fans) to the motherboard. The cooling module can be easily separated from the motherboard if you have to re-apply thermal paste on the CPU and GPU chips.
Here’s the other side of the motherboard.
In an Acer Aspire R 15 (R5-571TG-59VA) N16P2 laptop the keyboard is permanently attached to the palmrest and cannot be easily removed.
Taking apart Acer Aspire R 15 (R5-571TG-59VA) display panel
Carefully separate the display bezel from the back cover. I’m using a thin metal case opener in this step.
There are many hidden latches securing the bezel to the back cover.
Continue opening up the display panel with your fingers while helping yourself with the case opener.
Separate the LCD/touchscreen assembly from the back cover.
Now you can access and disconnect the display cable from the back of the LCD screen.
The LCD screen is glued to the digitizer.
If you are replacing the entire LCD/digitizer assembly, it’s necessary to disconnect two more cables from the digitizer board (not shown in this guide).
Here’s how to disconnect the display cable.
Remove sticky tape securing the connection and unplug the cable from the connector on the LCD screen.
Acer Aspire R 15 (R5-571TG-59VA) LCD screen model: N156HCA-EA1 Rev.C1.