Introduction

Without WiFi you can have a hard time getting connected to the internet. This guide will show you how to replace a broken internal WiFi card.

Image 1/1: Flip the laptop upside down with the battery facing towards your body and locate the battery lock circled in red.
  • Make sure the laptop is shut down.

  • Flip the laptop upside down with the battery facing towards your body and locate the battery lock circled in red.

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Image 1/1: Gently slide it to the left until you hear the battery release.
  • Use a small screwdriver or pen and place it into the battery lock as shown.

  • Gently slide it to the left until you hear the battery release.

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  • Pull the battery towards your body as shown in the picture.

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Image 1/1: All of these screws are identical, 8 mm, Phillips #0 screws.
  • Remove all eighteen 8 mm Phillips #0 screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver and set aside.

  • All of these screws are identical, 8 mm, Phillips #0 screws.

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Image 1/2: Once all edges are loose, do not remove the keyboard until after next step! Image 2/2: Once all edges are loose, do not remove the keyboard until after next step!
  • Move around the edge with metal spudger and carefully pry apart the keyboard.

  • Once all edges are loose, do not remove the keyboard until after next step!

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Image 1/2: Lift up on the keyboard and the whole top should come right off, including the touchpad. Image 2/2: Lift up on the keyboard and the whole top should come right off, including the touchpad.
  • Carefully detach the three ZIF ribbons connected to the motherboard by flipping up the white hinge.

  • Lift up on the keyboard and the whole top should come right off, including the touchpad.

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  • Locate the WiFi card on the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Using a plastic opening tool, remove both antenna cables from the WiFi card by gently prying them up. Image 2/2: Black on left. White on right.
  • Locate the two antenna cables shown.

  • Using a plastic opening tool, remove both antenna cables from the WiFi card by gently prying them up.

  • Black on left. White on right.

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Image 1/3: Make sure antenna cables are removed before removing the screw. Image 2/3: Gently lift WiFi card off of the motherboard. Image 3/3: Gently lift WiFi card off of the motherboard.
  • Remove this 3 mm Phillips #0 screw and the WiFi card should pop up.

    • Make sure antenna cables are removed before removing the screw.

  • Gently lift WiFi card off of the motherboard.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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daniel sawyer

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Very well done - thank you!

glgsolutions - Reply

np. im glad it worked for you. could you post the exact model you have and was there anything I missed?

daniel sawyer -

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