Take apart Acer Aspire 4743 series

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Acer Aspire 4743z-4861 disassembly

In the following guide I will take apart an Acer Aspire 4743 series laptop.

In my case the full model name is: Aspire 4743z-4861.


Make sure it’s turned off completely before starting the disassembly process.

Unlock and remove the battery.

Remove battery


Remove three screws securing the service cover on the bottom.

Lift up and remove the cover.

Remove HDD RAM cover

Under the cover you will find the hard drive, wireless card and both RAM modules.

Remove one screw securing the hard drive.

Access HDD RAM


Slide the hard drive to the left to disconnect it from the motherboard.

Remove the hard drive assembly from the laptop.

Disconnect hard drive


Remove one screw securing the optical drive.

Pull the drive to the left and remove it from the case.

Remove optical drive


Remove two screws securing the keyboard.

Keyboard screws


There are five latches securing the keyboard to the top cover.

Push on the latch with a small screwdriver until it moves into the case.

When the latch pushed in, the keyboard will lift up a little bit and the latch will not be able to lock back in.

Do the same with all remaining latches.

Unlock keyboard


Separate the keyboard from the top cover and turn it upside down. Place on the palm rest.

Lift up keyboard


Now you can access the keyboard cable connector, unlock it and release the cable.

Keyboard connector


Lift up the left side of the retaining tab until it opens up at a 90 degree angle (green arrow).

Pull the cable out of the connector (yellow arrow).

Now you can remove the keyboard completely.

Unlock cable

STEP 10.

Remove shown screws from the bottom case.

Screws on bottom

STEP 11.

Remove one screw securing the top cover (palm rest) assembly.

Disconnect the power button cable (left arrow).

Disconnect the touchpad connector (right arrow).

Disconnect top cover

Unlock the connector by lifting up the retaining tab.

Disconnect touchpad cable

STEP 12.

Start separating the top cover assembly from the bottom case.

Lift up palm rest assembly

I’m using a guitar pick to separate two parts from each other.

Separate top cover

STEP 13.

Remove the top cover.

Remove palm rest assembly

On the other side you can access both speakers, touchpad and power button board.

Bottom side

When the top cover removed you can access the CMOS battery and USB board.

CMOS battery USB board

STEP 14.

Before you can remove the motherboard from the case it’s necessary to disconnect two antenna cables from the wireless card.

Disconnect antenna cables

STEP 15.

Remove one screw securing the motherboard.

Disconnect the display cable and USB board cable.

Disconnect motherboard cables

Here’s how to unplug the display cable.

Unplug display cable

STEP 16.

Start lifting up the motherboard on the right side.

Lift up motherboard

STEP 17.

Remove the motherboard from the case. It comes out with the power connector attached to it.

Remove motherboard

On the other side of the motherboard you can access the cooling fan and heat sink.

Cooling fan and heatsink

In Acer Aspire 4743 series laptops the power connector can be easily replaced.

Simply unplug the cable from the motherboard and replace with a new one.

Aspire 4743 power connector

6 Responses

  1. vin

    I just replaced my hard drive on my acer aspire 4743. How do I get the computer to recognize the disk that Acer sent me? Or maybe I should ask what do I do next. The computer turns on but I get this black screen with scrolling data going fast and then it stops and asks “Do you want to set up VLANs now y:n?” At the top of the screen is says “Welcome to pfSense 2.1.5-RELEASE …”
    Some other things it says: “No core dumps found.” “Creating symlinks……done.” “External config loader 1.0 is now starting…” Launching the init system… done.” “Initializing…………………done.” “Starting device manager (devd)…done.” “Loading configuration……done.” “Default interfaces not found — Running interface assignment option. alc0: link state changed to DOWN”
    Any help would be fantastic. Thanks

  2. Yeyen

    Thank you.. Just now wanna open all of it just because want to change the keyboard only. Luckily bump this webside.

  3. Amir

    Thank you very much. Its help me changing the CMOS battery easily. Your sharing really helps me.

  4. Ken Church

    My acer was working great one day then we turned it off and tried to turn it on again and no power. The 2 lights come on but it won’t boot. We get like one click from the hard drive that’s it. I’ve pulled it all apart as you instructed looking for some obvious flaws but all looks good. There’s a bit of fluff in the fan and dirt in places but no corrosion or hot spots. Could it be one of the small coin batteries? or the power jack like you said you could put a new one in??? I know its an old computer but its been great and we love Win 7, hate the new 10, just want my computer back.

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