Introduction

This guide will show how to replace the wireless WLAN card in your Dell XPS 18. It may need to be replaced if you can no longer connect to wireless internet.

Turn the device on its screen.
  • Turn the device on its screen.

  • Remove the ten 4mm screws using a T8 Torx screwdriver.

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Gently flip out support feet located near the bottom of device.
  • Gently flip out support feet located near the bottom of device.

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Gently lift the back cover off the device. The back cover should come off easily.
  • Gently lift the back cover off the device. The back cover should come off easily.

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Use the opening tool's angled edge to lift the clasps securing the screen and motherboard cables.
  • Use the opening tool's angled edge to lift the clasps securing the screen and motherboard cables.

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Disconnect the screen and copper colored motherboard cables and tuck them under the device to prevent future hassle. Disconnect the screen and copper colored motherboard cables and tuck them under the device to prevent future hassle.
  • Disconnect the screen and copper colored motherboard cables and tuck them under the device to prevent future hassle.

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Remove the two black 3mm screws from the internal cover with a Phillips 00 screwdriver. Remove the internal cover.
  • Remove the two black 3mm screws from the internal cover with a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

  • Remove the internal cover.

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Disconnect the black camera cable and pull it back to prevent future hassle. Disconnect the black camera cable and pull it back to prevent future hassle.
  • Disconnect the black camera cable and pull it back to prevent future hassle.

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Use the angled edge of the plastic opening tool to lift the clasp securing the touch control board cable. Disconnect the silver and blue touch control board cable.
  • Use the angled edge of the plastic opening tool to lift the clasp securing the touch control board cable.

  • Disconnect the silver and blue touch control board cable.

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Remove the two silver 3mm screws holding the touch control board in place with a Phillips 00 screwdriver. Remove the touch control board.
  • Remove the two silver 3mm screws holding the touch control board in place with a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

  • Remove the touch control board.

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Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to remove the black and white wires connected to the wireless WLAN card.
  • Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to remove the black and white wires connected to the wireless WLAN card.

I pulled these up with my fingernails - I have small hands and the tool was too clumsy for me.

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Pull back the cables. Pull back the cables.
  • Pull back the cables.

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Remove the two silver 3mm screws with a Phillips 00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the two silver 3mm screws with a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

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Angle the wireless WLAN card upward and remove it. Angle the wireless WLAN card upward and remove it.
  • Angle the wireless WLAN card upward and remove it.

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Conclusion

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

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