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Acer Aspire One (A Guide to Dismantling)

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One morning I got bored and curious plus my crappy netbook went on BSOD. This guide will show you exactly how to dismantle, reset BIOS if removing CMOS battery did not work and eventually flashing of the latest BIOS to revive your netbook. Now, this is a very common problem with this netbook since it was released to the market with a defective BIOS software that can eventually fail and needs to be upgraded. This problem is so common that the manufacturer decided to post the solution on the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) of the site.

DISCLAIMER: THIS STEP BY STEP GUIDE IS ONLY APPLICABLE TO ACER ASPIRE ONE MODEL AOD150. FOR OTHER MODELS, DISMANTLE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
 
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Step 1: Finding all the external screws...

First off, you need a screw driver. After that, find all the external screws of the netbook. They're usually located under. You may need to remove some rubber legs as it conceals the rest of your screws. There should be like 3 screws under the battery, 3 screws under where the touch pad is and 2 under the rubber legs near the hinges.

Step 2: Removing the keyboard...

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Now removing the keyboard is a little tricky. You may need a flat head screw driver for this. There are 3 latches that hold the keyboard in place. The latches are above the "Pause Break", "F8" and "F2" keys. I suggest that you start with the middle latch where the F8 button is. Just push it upward towards the screen with your flat head screw driver and the keyboard should pop out.

Slowly slide upward the keyboard but watch out for its cable. Carefully remove the cable and the keyboard should come right off.

You should see a few more screws on the metal plate after removing the keyboard. Remove all these screws to take out the plastic cover of the netbook. Keep your screws in segregated piles as they are slightly different in size.