Introduction

Wi-Fi cards are often replaced to gain faster internet connection. This guide where show you where the Wi-Fi card is located and how to replace it.

  1. Turn the laptop over.
    • Turn the laptop over.

    • Remove all nine 3mm screws on back panel with a Phillips Head 1 driver.

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  2. Pry off the four rubber bumpers, located at the top corners and center of the back panel, off with a pair of tweezers.
    • Pry off the four rubber bumpers, located at the top corners and center of the back panel, off with a pair of tweezers.

    • Bumpers are delicate and can be easily ripped.

    • Unscrew the four 3mm screws under the bumpers using a Phillips Head 1 screwdriver.

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    • Flip the laptop right side up and open the clamshell.

    • Starting at the bottom right corner, slide the opening tool into the crevice between the blue and silver panels.

    • Carefully pry the top casing up around the edges, moving counterclockwise.

    • Keep the tool steady throughout, as prying in a rough manner can break the casing.

    • You will hear audible clicking sounds as the clips connecting the two halves disconnect from each other.

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    • Close the laptop and orient it on its side (clamshell hinge up), carefully holding it steady to ensure its safety.

    • Insert the opening tool inside of the hinge and pry with an even amount of force to disconnect the keyboard panel from the fan grate.

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    • Reorient the laptop in an upright fashion and open the clamshell.

    • If needed, continue to pry the silver keyboard panel from the rest of the hardware with minimal force.

    • Slowly slide the silver keyboard panel towards you while lifting gently to separate the halves.

    • The panel is still connected by a series of delicate connectors glued to the mainframe, so do not pull the panel right off.

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    • While keeping silver keyboard panel hovering above the laptop, locate the touchpad connector ribbon attached to both the silver panel and motherboard.

    • With your finger, flip up the white clasp that holds the connector, releasing the connector ribbon.

    • Unpeel the connector ribbon from its position on the motherboard.

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    • With your finger, flip up the white clasp that connects the larger keyboard connector to the motherboard, releasing the connector ribbon.

    • Gently pull the connector ribbon from the clasp.

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    • Lift the keyboard panel up and away from the CPU, completely revealing the mainframe.

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    • With the internal hardware exposed, disconnect the battery cable from the motherboard.

    • If tightly fastened, gently wiggle the plug out of the jack.

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    • Remove the three 4mm screws around the perimeter of the battery pack with a Phillips Head 1 screwdriver.

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    • Flip up the two white clasps that hold the connector ribbon to the battery to release the ribbon.

    • Remove the 'motherboard to USB board' connector ribbon from its place.

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    • Detach the speaker cable from its fastener on the motherboard by pulling it out with your fingers or using a spudger.

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    • Using your fingers, gently pry out the two L-shaped speaker panels from between the external casing and battery pack.

    • Be sure to apply an evenly distributed upwards force on the speaker when lifting it out

    • Both speaker components (located adjacent to each other) will remain connected by a red cable after removal

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    • Lift out battery pack.

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    • Remove the two Wi-Fi antenna cables that are attached to the Wi-Fi card by pulling them up.

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    • Using your fingers, pull the cooling fan cable from its fastener on the motherboard

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    • Remove the 3mm screw that holds down the Wifi mini-PCI card using a Phillips Head 1 driver.

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    • Remove the three 3mm screws that hold the cooling fan in place using a Phillips Head 1 driver.

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    • In the upper right hand corner of the device, remove the 6mm screw holding the PCB board in place by using a Phillips Head 1.

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    • Remove the three 3mm screws from the surface of the motherboard using a Phillips Head 1.

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    • Carefully lift the motherboard up towards the screen as if it was hinged on one side.

    • To prevent possible scratching, cover the screen with a cloth.

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    • Using your fingers, pull the Wi-Fi card located on the right side of the detached motherboard out of its place.

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Conclusion

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

Jenell Chase

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