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Introduction

If your Asus F555LA-AB31 will not connect to the network or if you experience intermittent connections, it may be time to replace your network card. Your network card connects your computer to a local area network (LAN) or the internet. If the network card has a faulty hardware component, the operating system might not show it as a connected device. It may also not reliably connect to networks or recognize networks in specific situations; such as when the laptop is hot or during extended use.

Before using this guide, verify the issue is not software related before replacing the network card. Asus provides a support guide to troubleshooting wireless issues in this link.

Electronics are sensitive to ESD. Here is a link for using an anti-static mat and wristband. The laptop must be unplugged before servicing to prevent electrical shock and hardware damage.

  1. Asus F555LA-AB31 Network Card Replacement, CD Drive: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Turn off and unplug the device before starting repairing.

    • Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver head to remove the ten 18mm Phillips #0 screws on the laptop's bottom.

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    • Flip the laptop over and flip the screen up.

    • Pry upward on the edges of the faceplate in order to separate the keyboard and trackpad from the rest of the device.

    • Be cautious of the cables connecting the keyboard and trackpad to the motherboard.

  3. Asus F555LA-AB31 Network Card Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the keyboard flex cable from its motherboard ZIF socket.

    • To unlock a ZIF connector, use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap. Carefully slide the unlocked cable out of the socket.

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    • Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver to unscrew the one Phillips #0 screw that connects the CD drive to the motherboard.

    • Slowly slide out the CD drive, keeping it level, to remove it.

  5. Asus F555LA-AB31 Network Card Replacement, Hard Drive: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove ten 18mm Phillips #0 screws from the backside of the device.

    • Removal of the RAM access panel is not necessary.

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    • Carefully fold the device open.

    • Begin to pry upward on the edges of the faceplate in order to separate the keyboard and trackpad from the rest of the device.

    • Be cautious of the cables connecting the keyboard and trackpad to the motherboard.

    • To remove the ZIF connector, gently lift upward on the blue tab to disconnect it from the motherboard.

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    • Fold the keyboard section of the laptop up towards the screen to fully expose the inside of the device.

    • Unscrew the four 4mm Phillips #0 screws holding down the hard drive.

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    • Disconnect the ZIF connector and lift the hard drive out of the space.

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    • Remove the four 4 mm Phillips #0 screws securing the battery.

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    • Lift up battery and remove it from the device.

  11. Asus F555LA-AB31 Network Card Replacement, Network Card: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the two wires connected to the network card.

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    • Remove the seven Phillips #0 screws holding the motherboard down.

    • Lift the motherboard upwards, folding it towards the laptop chassis.

    • Unscrew the Phillips #0 screw holding down the network card, and slide it out.

Conclusion

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

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