Today I will walk you through a full disassembly of an Acer Aspire R 14 (R5-471T-71W2) model N15P6 laptop. It’s likely this disassembly guide will work for some other models in the Acer Aspire R 14 line. If it works for you, I would appreciate if you can mention the laptop model number in the comments area after this post.
In the first part of the guide I will take apart the laptop base. In the second part I will show how to open up the display panel.
Remove twelve screws securing the bottom cover.
Start separating the bottom cover from the rest of the machine. You’ll have to apply some reasonable force because there are many hidden latches fastening two parts together.
Pry up the bottom cover using a case opener tool.
Remove the bottom cover.
Remove two screws securing the main battery to the top case.
Disconnect the battery cable from the motherboard.
Remove the battery.
Acer Aspire R 14 (R5-471T-71W2) battery model: AC14B3K.
Remove one screw securing the solid state drive and pull the SSD out.
Remove two screws securing the USB/SD card reader/Power button board.
Disconnect the I/O cable from the motherboard.
I’ll be removing the I/O cable in order to access the wireless card. If you don’t need to remove the wireless card, you can disconnect the I/O cable from the USB/SD card reader/Power button board.
Here’s how to disconnect the I/O cable from the motherboard.
Lift up the brown locking tab to unlock the connector (red arrow).
Pull the cable out (yellow arrow).
Remove the USB/SD card reader/Power button board with the I/O cable attached to it.
You’ll have to unglue the I/O cable from the top case. It’s secured by adhesive tape.
Disconnect both antenna cables from the wireless card.
Remove one screw securing the wireless card and pull the card out.
Disconnect two display cables from the motherboard.
Separate all display cables from the top case.
Remove eight screws securing the right and left display hinges.
Lift up both display hinges and separate the top case assembly from the display panel.
I will show how to take apart the display panel later in this guide.
Disconnect the DC power jack cable from the motherboard.
Lift up the DC power jack and remove the harness from the guided path on the top case.
Remove eleven screws securing the motherboard and both cooling fans (attached to the heatsink).
Disconnect the following color-coded cables:
– Keyboard cable (orange).
– Keyboard backlight cable (yellow).
– Touchpad cable (green).
– Front LED board cable (blue).
– Speaker cable (pink).
– CMOS battery (red arrow). This connector located on the other side of the motherboard but still accessible.
Here’s how to disconnect the keyboard cable.
Slide the white locking tab to the shown direction about 2 millimeters (two red arrows).
Pull the keyboard cable out (orange arrow).
Here’s how to disconnect the touchapad and front LED board cables.
Lift up the locking tab (red arrow) and pull the cable out (yellow arrow).
The keyboard backlight connector is small. Be careful while unlocking it (red arrow) and removing the cable (yellow arrow).
With all screws removed and cables disconnected you can lift up and remove the motherboard.
Here’s a photo of the other side of the motherboard.
The keyboard in Acer Aspire R 14 (R5-471T-71W2) laptop is not easily removable. It’s permanently attached to the top case.
The touchpad, on the other hand, can be removed and replaced if necessary.
How to take apart Acer Aspire R 14 display panel.
After the display panel separated from the laptop base (as it shown in the step 13), you can take apart the display panel and remove the LCD screen.
Start separating the front bezel from the display back cover using a thin metal case opener tool.
Pry up the bezel to disengage multiple hidden latches fastening two parts together.
Continue separating the front bezel with your fingers while helping with the case opener tools.
Separate the front bezel (with LCD screen attached to it) from the display back cover.
Now you can access and disconnect the display cable.
Remove sticky tape securing the connection and disconnect the display cable from the LCD screen.
Carefully lift up the touchscreen digitizer board and turn it over.
I don’t now if your new screen will come with this board attached. I will show how to disconnect the board just in case if your new screen doesn’t have it.
On the other side of the touchscreen digitizer board you will see three connectors.
If your new screen already has this board installed, all you have to do is disconnect one cable from the side (yellow arrow).
If your new screen doesn’t have this board installed, you’ll have to disconnect two more cables (color-coded in orange) and transfer the board to the new screen.
Here’s how to disconnect the digitizer cable.
Unlock the connector (red arrow) and pull the cable out (yellow arrow).
Now you can transfer the touchscreen digitizer board to the new screen if necessary.
With all cables disconnected you can separate the LCD screen from the back cover.
In order to find a replacement screen take a look at the model number on the original screen. The LCD screen permanently attached to the front bezel – it’s sold as one piece.
Acer Aspire R 14 (R5-471T-71W2) laptop has this screen installed: B140HAT02.0
This screen is available on eBay or Amazon.
In the next guide I will walk you through the disassembly process of an Acer Aspire R 15 (R5-571TG-59VA) N16P2 laptop.