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Acer Predator 17 G9-791 Disassembly

In this guide, I’ll explain how to disassemble Acer Predator 17 G9-791 to remove the bottom case, SSD, DVD drive, cooling fan, hard drive, RAM and motherboard. Refer to this guide. You can repair, upgrade and clean your Acer Predator G9-791.

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Windows 10 Home
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor 2.6GHz
17.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
16GB DDR4 Dual Channel Memory
256GB SSD + 1TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
6X Blu-ray Writer

Remove two screws securing the service cover.
Remove all screws securing the bottom case.

Slide the latch to the left.
Pull the optical drive to the right and remove it from the laptop.

The Acer Predator 17 G9-791 comes with a Panasonic Matshita UJ272Q 9.5mm SATA 6X 3D Blu-ray burner.

Predator 17 G9-791’s optical drive slots design is very exciting, it not only supports tool-free quick release, and it is shipped with a cooling module, which means that the optical drive can be changed to a separate cooling module, a higher degree of freedom. About cooling module works is relatively simple, its interior has a slim fan, the red mesh is riser vent, cold air sucked from here, and throughout the inside of the fuselage, to assist two main cooling fans, improve internal air flow, so as to achieve the purpose of strengthening cooling.

The cooling modules

Sliding down the service cover and remove it.
Under the cover, you can access two SSD, a hard drive and two spare RAM slots.

Remove two securing the M.2 SSD, take it away from its slots.

Acer Predator 17 G9-791 features two Toshiba 128GB M.2 SSD. Build 256GB SSD Raid 0, it can give users a faster application response speed and data read speed.

The Predator G9-791 features an HGST 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, SATA 6.0Gb/s.

Pry up and remove the bottom case, there are some snaps fixed the bottom case, be careful, do not damage the snaps.

Under the bottom case, you can access the battery, wireless card, speakers, heatsink/fan assembly and motherboard.

Predator 17 G9-791 comes with a 14.8v, 6000mah/88.8wh Li-ion battery, Acer part number: AS15B3N.

Remove four screws securing the cooling fan.
Disconnect two cooling fan cables from the motherboard.
Loosen six screws securing the heat sink.

CPU and GPU cooling fan

Dual copper pipe heat sink

Acer Predator 17 G9-791 motherboard

There are two RAM slots on the back side of the motherboard, comes with two SK Hynix 8GB PC4-2133P, DDR4-2133MHz RAM.
Acer Predator 17 G9-791 has four RAM slots, support up to 32GB RAM.

SK Hynix 8GB PC4-2133P, DDR4-2133MHz RAM

Qualcomm Atheros QCNFA364A wireless card with Bluetooth 4.0, it is support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 2×2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz).

Blue: GST5009 LF Network Transformer.

Blue: Parade HDMI HD converter chip.

Red: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor 2.6GHz.
Blue: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM.
Orange: Samsung 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory.
Purple: South Bridge chip.

Red: ITE IT8587E FXA I/O chip.
Blue: Realtek ALC255 sound card chip.

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  1. Thank you for this guide. Might you be able to check with HWINFO what screen is inside this model? I’d also like info about the screen in the 15.6″ Acer Predator G9-591 if possible. Thanks!

        1. hi, i got it, it is AU Optronics AUO109B (B173ZAN01.0), 17.3-inch, IPS, Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 px resolution, matte, non-touch

  2. The SSD RAID was the boot drive, correct? I’m trying to upgrade my Predator that came with one 256GB liteon drive to two 512GB Samsung 850 evo drives, however I can’t figure out how to get them in RAID 0 and still be able to clone my boot drive to them or install a fresh copy of Windows 10. Also, any idea where I can get that extension bracket for the top drive? I’ve been searching for answers on both of these and Acer’s support site (as well as Google) is maddeningly sparse on info for this laptop.

  3. Can’t find the blueish HD encasing anywere even Acer support seems not to have IT as spare part, anyone has info or idea of replacemant?

  4. Anyone can help with part no or replacement for the blueish hdd encasing, Acer support doesn’t got it as loose part.

  5. Hello, I have an acer predator 17 and my W key is not working properly it also makes a weird loud noise when you release it….could you please give me a tip? Should i remove the keyboard or just that one key? And also how do i even do that? I would appreciate it a lot I am kind of desperate. Thanks!

  6. where’s the memory hidding? trying to upgrade new 4 stick of 16. i open it up and cant find it.
    do i have to disassemble the whole thing?

  7. Can I keep the powerful cooler logged in all the time ? Or just when playing high quality games? Thanks in advance..

  8. is it possible to change the display from Full HD to UHD ? The modell exists with both, so maybe that works ?!

    1. The FHD and UHD with different connector, you need to buy a UHD video cable first to replace it with UHD screen.

      1. thank you for your information. So you say: buying the correct cable and the UHD display, and of course skills to do the change could work for upgrading the Display ?
        has anyone done this already ?

  9. Dears,
    My acer predator G9-791-735A it’s not working, turned off by it self and no turned on anymore! I change the charger but same, no any light.
    Do you some one know how can I fix it?


  10. i have a acer predator g9 593 and this laptop have 2 slot of ssd but above slot dont have screw to keep ssd.
    i wanna use 2 ssd but i cant stay ssd on this slot. please help me ?

  11. Hi, does anyone have, de schematics, or measurements of the DVD drive caddy that comes with the laptop? cant buy it where I am, but have access to 3d printing :3

  12. I had the same issue, I thought it was the power connector to the motherboard, that didn’t fix the issue. I had a brain fart, bought a new battery from Amazon, it turned on right away……

  13. 4 X 16 GB ram slots total 64 GB. I have 48 GB replacing just the 2 slots in the quick remove tray. I’d like to replace the other 2 but haven’t taken the whole thing apart. I also have a predator Helios 700 that has the same issue. Why did Acer have to make it so difficult to replace those 2 sticks of ram?

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