In this guide I show how to disassemble an Acer Aspire 5610z laptop (also says Model BL50 on the bottom).
Most likely this guide will work for some other Acer Aspire 56XX models. If this guide works for you, please mention the model number in comments after this post.
Before you start, make sure the computer is turned off and battery removed.
Remove eight screws securing the memory and hard drive covers on the bottom. Remove both covers.
There is one more cover on the bottom and there is nothing under it. I called it Blank cover and removed it too.
When all covers removed, you can access both memory (RAM) modules, hard drive assembly, cooling fan, wireless card, heat sink and CPU.
In the following steps I’ll remove some of these parts.
In Acer Aspire 5610z both memory modules can be accessed from the door on the bottom.
In order to remove the memory module, carefully spread latches on both sides of the memory slot. After the memory module pops up at a 30 degree angle, carefully pull it from the slot by the edges.
Use same steps to remove the second module.
This laptop can take up to 2GB RAM total. Each slot can take up to 1GB RAM module. Use DDR2-533 SODIMM memory modules.
Slide the hard drive assembly to the right and disconnect it from the motherboard.
Now you can remove the HDD assembly.
If you are replacing the hard drive, you’ll have to transfer the caddy to the new one.
Simply remove two screws from each side of the caddy and separate it from the drive.
As you see, this is a regular 2.5″ SATA HDD.
Any 2.5″ SATA HDD should work fine in Acer Aspire 5610z.
Remove one screw securing the DVD drive.
Slide the DVD drive to the left and remove it from the case.
Remove two screws securing the cooling fan.
Disconnect the cooling fan cable from the motherboard.
Now you can remove the fan.
If the cooling fan and heat sink clogged with dust, blow it off with compressed air.
Carefully disconnect both antenna cables from the wireless card.
Remove the wireless card same way you removed memory modules.
In the following seven steps I explain how to remove the laptop keyboard.
In order to remove the keyboard it’s not necessary to go through steps 1-10.
Lift up the right side of the power button board/hinge cover. I’m using a guitar pick.
Continue removing the cover with your fingers.
The cover has been removed.
Remove two screws securing the keyboard.
Lift up the top side of the keyboard and carefully separate it from the top cover.
Be careful, it’s still connected to the motherboard.
Now you can access the cable connector and unlock it.
In order to unlock the connector you’ll have to move the brown clip about 2-3 millimeters towards the laptop display.
The brown clip MUST stay attached to the white connector base.
On the following picture the connect is shown in the unlocked position. Do not move the brown clip any further.
When the connector is unlocked, you can release the cable and remove the keyboard.
In order to remove the display panel you’ll have to disconnect the video cable and remove four screws securing the display hinges.
In one of the previous guides I explained how to remove the screen.