Modding the Acer Revo - Hard Drive & RAM
I've had my Acer Revo R3600 for a while now, however, I am finding the limited 1GB memory and hard drive to be a little limiting now, so I thought I'd open up the box and perform some upgrades.
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Disclaimer: Breaking the seal and opening the box of your Acer Revo will invalidate the warranty.
The first step to opening the case is to break a security seal on the base of the unit. This seal protects a screw that must be removed top split the case in two.
Once the screw is removed, you can prise open the two halves of the case using a non-metallic, or plastic, tool to avoid marking the case.
Upon removing the lid you will find a neat arrangement of components. In the picture to the right, you can see the wireless adaptor in the bottom left, with the 2.5" hard drive above it. Next to the hard drive is the memory modules and below that on the bottom right is the processor and chipset heat sink and fan.
Memory upgrades can be done nice and easily by simply removing the old module and inserting two new ones. In my case 2x 2GB modules. To remove a module, simply move the clips outwards from the module and it will pop out.
The hard drive is a bit more tricky to upgrade as it has been screwed in from the other side of the motherboard. Follow these steps to make the process a little easier.
First, to remove the heat sink and fan unscrew three tiny screws that hold the fan to the heat sink and then the four screws holding the heat sink to the motherboard. Go careful with the two thermal pads on the underside, or you can scrape them off and replace with a thermal compound.
Next unscrew the four screws holding the motherboard down and the motherboard should be free. Again, just go carefully with the add-on board containing the USB socket and power switch. There are two plastic clips holding it in. Also, take care with the wireless antenna wires as you don't want to risk damaging them.
You can now unscrew the hard drive. It will then slide out from the SATA connector. To refit the upgraded hard drive just follow the steps in reverse. When screwing down the heat sink do not over tighten the screws as you could damage the processor. Tighten screws in opposite corner order i.e. top left, bottom right, bottom left, top right.