I cracked the "top cover assembly" (the only wording I could find that relates to the part I cracked) and I need to replace it. I ordered the part on Ebay and now I'm ready to fix it. I lost a link to a video clip I had showing how to do just this part so now I'm left with a 24 step guide on how to dissassemble the entire laptop, which I DON'T want to do.
Here is the guide: http://www.insidemylaptop.com/disassemble-acer-aspire-5251-5551g-5551-series-laptop/
I'm GUESSING...that all I need to do is
#1 - take out battery and memory card insert (the little fake memory card that sits in the slot)
I am guessing that I do not need to remove the hard drive/memory cover like pictured in step #2 of that guide. I'm also guessing I do not need to remove the screw holding the optical drive in.
#2 - Pop the keyboard out, like shown in Step #7-13 of the guide.
#3 - Remove screws from bottom of laptop. Here is where I'm confused. Because this guide is showing how to take apart the entire computer. I THINK he's removing screws that I do not need to remove. BUT, I have no idea what is really attached to the "top cover assembly" and what aren't. This is the area that I need help the most. Because some of these screws he's showing to remove ARE under the hard drive/memory cover, so therefore I would need to remove that. SO, do I need to remove all of these screws he shows in this diagram, or only a few? If only a few, which ones?
#4 - remove all the screws & cables under the keyboard.
#5 - lift off the top cover
#6 - put on new cover, attach screws and cables, and close up everything.
Am I missing anything? Please help asap. My laptop is getting more and more cracked and I'm anxious to get this fixed asap. Thank you for any help you can give!
Edited by hamluis, 12 July 2012 - 08:07 AM.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.