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.

  1. Make sure the laptop is shut down.
    • 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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  2. Use a small screwdriver or pen and place it into the battery lock as shown.
    • 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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    • 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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    • Move around the edge with metal spudger and carefully pry apart the keyboard.

    • Be careful not to break the plastic clips.

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

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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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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 -

Great guide. I would just like to mention a difference I found. My laptop had white connectors and the hinged lock latch was black. So I guess all assemblies aren’t identical. Also, the large connector for the keyboard did not have a locking latch. My model is an E5-571P manufactured 2014/09/15.

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