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Published 22nd July 2010 by

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.

Please remember to observe the correct procedures for handling electronic devices. This guide is produced for entertainment purposes only. Use this guide at your own risk; I am not responsible for any damage you can cause to your laptop, computer or yourself using instructions published this site.

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.

How to upgrade Acer Revo Hard Drive

How to upgrade Acer Revo Hard Drive

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.

How to upgrade Acer Revo Hard Drive

How to upgrade Acer Revo Hard Drive

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.

How to upgrade Acer Revo Hard Drive

How to upgrade Acer Revo Hard Drive

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.

How to upgrade Acer Revo Hard Drive

How to upgrade Acer Revo Hard Drive

9 thoughts on “Modding the Acer Revo – Hard Drive & RAM
  • 22nd January 2018 at 12:00 am

    the heatsink screws are built so you can't overtighten them, but just screw them down till they wont turn anymore, just don't muscle them past that.Its a good idea to fire up the BIOS and check the temps and write them down, then after doing your mods, and resetting the heatsink compare the temperature once again in the bios and it should be same as prior to the work being done.

    if its running hotter check the screws and make sure they are tight, if the heatsink isn't couple to the chip slugs, the heatsink won't be able to transmit the heat from the slugs.

  • 17th November 2015 at 12:00 am

    Good tips - I should have read the comments as well  :) 

    When taking apart my original Revo which had given up the ghost (power button would only flick the fan for a fraction of the second at low speed, then nothing) I was wondering why the mainboard wouldn't come out, headed over here, noted I had done everything right... then I realized I had to take out the USB board by the power switch, as Scott Griffith mentioned.

    And the reasons for opening - well, the Revo I bought used on eBay to replace my original one had only 2x1GB RAM while my old one had 2x2GB... so the new one has now 4GB (which is very good on Fedora 23 XFce), and the old HDD contents will be soon saved (hopefully).

  • 27th May 2014 at 12:00 am

    Excellent instructions, no problems when taking it slowly.


  • 26th August 2013 at 12:00 am

    If you upgrade the memory to the max (4GB), Windows 7 will show it as 3 GB. The BIOS takes the other 1 GB and this is expected behaviour.

    With just IE running, 1.39 GB of memory is used so with the standard 1 GB of RAM, the REVO R1600 runs like a dog. You really need 4 GB with Windows 7.

  • 21st October 2011 at 12:00 am

    A word of warning about removing the thermal pad for thermal paste I've just changed my acer's thermal pad for Arctic Silver and now my CPU fan is silent no more :[


  • 6th February 2011 at 12:00 am

    Thank you for this useful guide.

  • 31st December 2010 at 12:00 am

    Don't know if was unclear to anyone else but myself. But you definitely need to remove the usb logic board by the power switch to free the motherboard.

  • 12th October 2010 at 12:00 am

    Hey Tim,

    I have a Revo 1600, which is quite similar to yours. I recently had it apart (replaced the stock HDD with a SSD) and contemplated scraping off the thermal pads to go for some silver fox or other compound. Have in fact changed the pads for thermal compound? And if so, do you have any tips as to how this should be done? I have never applied thermal compound to a CPU before.



    • 13th October 2010 at 12:00 am

      I don't think that a thermal compound will have any effect on these processors, they are not designed for performance at all. I've always used Arctic Silver on my desktop processors, you can find application instructions on their website (http://www.arcticsilver.com/instructions.htm).

      hope that helps


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