Introduction

This guide will show you how to safely remove the Wi-Fi card from the laptop. In order to remove the Wi-Fi card you need to first remove the battery.

Image 1/1: Disconnect the charging cable from the computer.
  • Turn the computer off.

  • Disconnect the charging cable from the computer.

  • Failure to unplug the charging cable could result in electric shock and serious injury.

  • Flip the computer upside down.

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Image 1/3: The two screws are spring loaded and will not separate from the cover. Image 2/3: Slide the back cover towards you and then  lift upwards to remove. Image 3/3: Slide the back cover towards you and then  lift upwards to remove.
  • Loosen the two 6.35 mm size 1 Phillips screws on the back cover.

    • The two screws are spring loaded and will not separate from the cover.

  • Slide the back cover towards you and then lift upwards to remove.

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Image 1/1: The two screws are clipped into the battery and will not detach.
  • Loosen the two 6.35 mm size 1 Philips screws attaching the battery to the laptop.

  • The two screws are clipped into the battery and will not detach.

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Image 1/3: Pull up on the white connector to disconnect it from the laptop. Image 2/3: The battery is now free to remove from the laptop and can be set aside. Image 3/3: The battery is now free to remove from the laptop and can be set aside.
  • Pull up on the black tab on the battery to reveal the connection between the battery and laptop.

  • Pull up on the white connector to disconnect it from the laptop.

  • The battery is now free to remove from the laptop and can be set aside.

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Image 1/3: Lift the wi-fi card up and away from the laptop for easier access and handling of the wi-fi card. Image 2/3: Lift the wi-fi card up and away from the laptop for easier access and handling of the wi-fi card. Image 3/3: Lift the wi-fi card up and away from the laptop for easier access and handling of the wi-fi card.
  • Locate the wi-fi card underneath the battery and unscrew the 3.175 mm size 1 screw.

  • Lift the wi-fi card up and away from the laptop for easier access and handling of the wi-fi card.

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Image 1/2: Set aside the now free wi-fi card. Image 2/2: Set aside the now free wi-fi card.
  • Lift the gold connectors at the end of each wire up and away from the wi-fi card to detach both antennas, which are the black and white cables, from the wi-fi card.

  • Set aside the now free wi-fi card.

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Conclusion

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

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Fantastic.

I have replaced many things in my Alienware M14x, but am now purchasing a wireless AC/Blutooth adapter from Amazon. Your diagram allowed me to check the new card form factor with the original "Killer Network" one that shipped with my laptop in 2011.

Great pictures and great guide!

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