Posts Tagged ‘laptop repair’

Acer 1360 laptop motherboard replacement

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I recently had a dead Acer 1360 laptop on my hands.

The power supply tested fine so it seemed likely the main board was at fault. This is a one piece board and of course it requires a full dismantling of the laptop to remove and replace.

I took a chance on an eBay board that arrived badly packaged and wrapped in bubblewrap not anti-static packaging. It stank of nicotine too!

acer 1360 motherboard 1024x557 Acer 1360 laptop motherboard replacement

Acer 1360 bare motherboard

Disassembly was quite easy. Only three types of screws, big and small black and silver, very idiot proof. I didn’t have a service manual or takeapart guide but this is what I did, no pictures I’m afraid:

  1. Connected my ESD wrist strap.
  2. Remove battery, hard drive, ram and wireless cards (easy!)
  3. Remove the four small silver screws in the battery compartment.
  4. Gently prise off the small covers around each screen hinge.
  5. Remove more silver screws and remove button / fan plate, keyboard and top cover (can’t remember the order but it’s quite obvious)
  6. Gently prise up ribbon cable connectors and remove keyboard and trackpad cables.
  7. Time to remove the screen – The power and video connectors on the main board need to be removed, this needs very small fingers but I used a small ceramic screwdriver to help prise it up.
  8. Remove the two black screws each side holding the screen to the main laptop body.
  9. Put screen somewhere safe while feeding the two wireless antenna cables out.
  10. Start removing everything else! All the long black screws from underneath and all the small silver screws inside the laptop some holding metal shielding.
  11. Hopefully now you should be down to the bare motherboard – remove it and put your new one in!
  12. I hope you remembered the order all the bits went back on? It’s got to be right and there’s a few bits that have to be done in the right order on assembly.
  13. I found I had to remove some parts from the old motherboard that were missing on the replacement one.
  14. Have you got ALL the screws?

I found that my new motherboard worked perfectly first time all apart from the Trackpad and buttons! We just used an external mouse instead!

acer 1360 damage detail 299x300 Acer 1360 laptop motherboard replacement

Damaged inductor

I did find out later that the original damage had been caused by a heavy fist slamming into the trackpad in frustration with Windows. Inside the case there were some plastic parts that had broken off one of these inductors. This would also likely explain the broken trackpad……

Advent 7055 laptop overheating repair

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

advent 7055 full 181x300 Advent 7055 laptop overheating repairJust recently I’d been asked to repair what seems to be a common problem with PC type laptops over a couple of years old. Dust gets trapped in the copper fins and the fan of the CPU heatsink and reduces the efficiency of the cooling resulting in regular power off’s by the laptop as it gets over it’s upper temperature setting.

The fix is relatively easy, remove the heatsink unit, blow it clean with compressed air, clean the old CPU heatsink paste off with isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and spread a thin but even film of good quality heatsink paste on the CPU. Put it all back together, keep your fingers crossed and it should be fine!

This has fixed several laptops permanently and with this Advent I could go ahead and wipe the old Windows XP Home from it and install Ubuntu 8.04 that’s fantastic and  installs perfectly without any ‘geeking around’ necessary. My only problem is the fan control from linux, but that’s another story……


designed and developed by
greatbear analogue and digital media ltd, 0117 985 0500
Unit 26, The Coach House, 2 Upper York Street, Bristol, BS2 8QN, UK


XHTML | CSS
greatbear analogue and digital media is proudly powered by WordPress
hosted using Debian and Apache