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CMOS Battery replacement on Acernote Light 370


There was a previous thread in this newsgroup which dealt with
replacing the CMOS battery of the Acer notebook ACERnote Light 370:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sys.laptops/browse_frm/thread/d65...

Unfortunately, it didn't contain detailed instruction on how to get to
the battery.

A friend and I have managed to disassemble her notebook but we got
stuck before the last step (lifting the motherboard).

Does anyone happen to have a service manual or photos with detailed
instructions that you could mail to me?

Thank you very much in advance!

- Peter

On 12 May 2007 11:25:00 -0700, pjebsen <pjeb@gmail.com> wrote:

>There was a previous thread in this newsgroup which dealt with
>replacing the CMOS battery of the Acer notebook ACERnote Light 370:
>http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sys.laptops/browse_frm/thread/d65...

>Unfortunately, it didn't contain detailed instruction on how to get to
>the battery.

>A friend and I have managed to disassemble her notebook but we got
>stuck before the last step (lifting the motherboard).

>Does anyone happen to have a service manual or photos with detailed
>instructions that you could mail to me?

>Thank you very much in advance!

Peter, I have uploaded the service manual to my PWS.

There was discussion in that previous thread regarding the type of battery.  If
you google on the type#  you will find a pic of it.

I don't recall whetehr it was solder-in or slide in.  The service manual isn't a
patch on the Dell ones, which give you screw-by-screw and tab-by-tab dismantling
instructions, but it is the best that there is.

I have emailed the link info.

Peter

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I've had a steady stream of people e-mailing me about the procedure
too, so I've put together a step-by-step webpage to show how it's
done:

http://www.smallsolar.org/BTH/acernote370/

Please note that I've assumed that you have some vague idea of what
you're doing.  If you find the sight of computer innards as disturbing
as the sight of blood, then I'd recommend getting someone else to do
the job for you.

BTH

PS- an update to my story:  Due to a design oversight on my part and
an astounding level of incompetance by a computing teacher, 6 out of 8
of those laptops are now history.  You'd think that most people would
stop after the 2nd or 3rd case of plug in/switch on/smoke emerging
from now-dead computer that most people would stop, but not in this
case...

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That is a ridiculous level of disassembly just to replace a battery.
Similar to Toshiba Satellite 1700 series models that required total
disassembly (separate lid from base and strip base down to motherboard)
just to change the hard drive.

Barry Watzman wrote:
> That is a ridiculous level of disassembly just to replace a battery.

I couldn't agree with you more!  The only positive thing is that you
only have to replace the CMOS battery once a decade, and I guess that
Acer probably thought that relatively few would still be in use for
that long?

I had to do the same fix on a few similar-vintage Compaq Contura(?)
machines a couple of months ago, and they were an absolute delight in
comparison - just remove 7 screws from the base, pop the top cover
off, and the battery holder is right in front of you.

> Similar to Toshiba Satellite 1700 series models that required total
> disassembly (separate lid from base and strip base down to motherboard)
> just to change the hard drive.

Acer Travelmate 514TVX machines also make you work pretty hard when
swapping the HDD. :-(

BTH
(Typing on one right now!)

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