In this guide I will disassemble an Acer TravelMate 3260 laptop.
I will show how to remove and replace the power board which has DC jack on it.
Most likely my guide will work for some other Acer TravelMate models. If it works for you, please mention the model number in comments after the post.
In Acer TravelMate 3260 power from AC adapter goes to the motherboard through the power board. If your laptop stopped charging the battery or will not run from AC adapter, you should check the power board.
First of all, turn off the computer and remove the battery.
Remove two screws securing the switch cover on the back.
Start removing the switch cover and lift it up by the hinge cover.
Continue removing the cover with your hinges.
Remove the cover.
Remove two screws securing the keyboard.
Carefully separate the keyboard from the top cover and place it upside down on the palm rest so you can access the cable connector.
You have to unlock the connector before you can pull the cable.
On the picture below you see the connector in the unlocked position.
Now you can release the cable.
The keyboard has been removed.
Remove the hard drive and memory covers.
Remove one screw securing the hard drive assembly.
Pull the hard drive to the left and disconnect it from the motherboard.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove one screw securing the optical CD/DVD drive to the base.
Push the drive from the laptop with your finger.
Remove the optical drive.
It is not necessary to disconnect memory modules, wireless card, modem card and CMOS (RTC) battery for the purpose of my guide . You can leave them connected to the motherboard.
Remove all marked screws from the bottom case.
Disconnect cables I pointed with yellow arrows.
Disconnect two antenna cables from the wireless card (green arrows).
Remove one screw from the back side.
Disconnect the video cable connector.
Unroute both Wi-Fi antenna cables and pull them through the opening in the motherboard.
Remove four screws securing LCD panel hinges.
Remove the LCD panel.
Remove five screws securing the top cover assembly.
Disconnect the touchpad cable.
Start separating the top cover assembly from the bottom case.
Remove the top cover assembly.
Remove two screws securing the motherboard.
Start removing the motherboard from the top left corner.
Release and lift up the top right corner of the board.
Carefully pull the motherboard from the bottom case.
On the picture below you see the power board attached to the motherboard.
The DC power jack and power switch are located on the power board.
Remove two screws securing the power board.
Disconnect the power board from the motherboard.
The power board part number is printed right in the middle. It’s DA0ZR1PB6D1 (REV:D).
While the motherboard is removed from the base, you can clean the cooling module.
Loosen six screws securing the heat sink assembly.
Disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard.
Remove the heat sink assembly and blow off dust using compressed air.