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.

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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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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

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