Introduction

This guide will teach you how to safely remove a defective or damaged Wi-Fi card in the HP Pavilion 15-ab165us laptop.

Flip computer to the underside. Slide left tab inward to disengage battery lock.
  • Flip computer to the underside.

  • Slide left tab inward to disengage battery lock.

Slide the left tab inward to eject the battery. Slide the left tab inward to eject the battery.
  • Slide the left tab inward to eject the battery.

Remove the 8mm screws underneath with a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Use a plastic opening tool to remove the plastic feet. Use a plastic opening tool to remove the plastic feet.
  • Remove the 8mm screws underneath with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to remove the plastic feet.

Remove plastic tabs a with metal spudger. Remove plastic tabs a with metal spudger. Remove plastic tabs a with metal spudger.
  • Remove plastic tabs a with metal spudger.

Remove the 8mm screws that hold the bottom cover with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
  • Remove the 8mm screws that hold the bottom cover with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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Pull the Optical Drive out.
  • Pull the Optical Drive out.

Remove the 3mm screws that were hidden under the Optical Drive with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the 3mm screws that were hidden under the Optical Drive with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

Flip the computer back over. Use a plastic opening tool to release the clips holding the keyboard section in place.
  • Flip the computer back over.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to release the clips holding the keyboard section in place.

Close the lid and pull the screen and keyboard section up and away from the bottom cover.
  • Close the lid and pull the screen and keyboard section up and away from the bottom cover.

  • The hard drive is NOT screwed into place on the underside of the keyboard section.

Locate the Wi-Fi card.
  • Locate the Wi-Fi card.

Pull the cable from the clips and use the spudger to disconnect the wire from the Wi-Fi card.
  • Pull the cable from the clips and use the spudger to disconnect the wire from the Wi-Fi card.

Use the Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the single 4mm screw.
  • Use the Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the single 4mm screw.

Pull the Wi-Fi card up and out.
  • Pull the Wi-Fi card up and out.

Conclusion

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

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