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Yesterday I had some good old fun trying to replace the backup battery of an Acer Travelmate 803 laptop.

I thought that since this is a part that should be replaceable by the user, it should be reachable (like the memory, harddisk, you know). Guess again !

After flipping through the service manual (which I had luckily found), it seemed that there were no disassembly instructions for this battery. Looking on the blueprints of the motherboard, it showed the battery as being on the underside of the motherboard - ergo, requiring full disassembly of the laptop… wtf?!?

I’m damn glad that I had the manual, because otherwise I think getting this thing apart is not quite so easy.

Here are some after-disassembly-pics:
Disassembled mess
Disassembled mess, part two

And here, the battery…
The elusive battery

which ofcourse had to be of another type than the five we have in the house, so now I have to wait with the reassembly until tomorrow after I get the friggin’ battery! -damnit! Couldn't they stick to the standard CR2032!?