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Introduction

This guide will teach you how to safely take apart your laptop and access the faulty or broken Bluetooth card, in order to repair or replace it.

Image 1/1: Disconnect all external devices and cables from the computer.
  • Shut down the computer.

  • Disconnect all external devices and cables from the computer.

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  • Flip the laptop over.

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Image 1/2: Slide the gray sliding tab to the left until you hear a distinct click. Image 2/2: The inside edge of the battery should pop up.
  • Locate the gray sliding tab next to the black bar where the battery is located.

  • Slide the gray sliding tab to the left until you hear a distinct click.

  • The inside edge of the battery should pop up.

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Image 1/3: Lift the inside edge of the battery up to detach the battery from the laptop. Image 2/3: Lift the inside edge of the battery up to detach the battery from the laptop. Image 3/3: Lift the inside edge of the battery up to detach the battery from the laptop.
  • Grasp the inside edge of the battery.

  • Lift the inside edge of the battery up to detach the battery from the laptop.

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  • With the battery removed, locate the hard drive access panel.

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Image 1/3: Remove the identified screws with your #00 Philips screwdriver. Image 2/3: Lift the left edge of the access panel up and to the right to detach the hard drive access panel from the laptop. Image 3/3: Lift the left edge of the access panel up and to the right to detach the hard drive access panel from the laptop.
  • Identify the two screws that attach the hard drive access panel.

  • Remove the identified screws with your #00 Philips screwdriver.

  • Lift the left edge of the access panel up and to the right to detach the hard drive access panel from the laptop.

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Image 1/1: Identify the plastic tab located on the left side of the hard drive.
  • This particular laptop does not contain a hard drive-- yours will.

  • Identify the plastic tab located on the left side of the hard drive.

  • Grasp the tab, gently lift up, and slide the tab to the left to remove the hard drive from the laptop.

  • If you wish to replace your hard drive with another, the hard drive has a metal bracket screwed onto the sides of the casing. Unscrew the bracket from the old hard drive and screw it onto the new hard drive before inserting into the laptop.

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  • Locate RAM access door on the bottom side of the laptop.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew the two screws with a size 00 Philips screwdriver. Image 2/3: Note: The screws do not detach from the cover. Image 3/3: Note: The screws do not detach from the cover.
  • Locate the two screws holding down the RAM access cover

  • Unscrew the two screws with a size 00 Philips screwdriver.

  • Note: The screws do not detach from the cover.

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  • Lift up on the screw side of the RAM access cover to remove it.

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Image 1/2: The RAM stick should tilt upwards. Image 2/2: The RAM stick should tilt upwards.
  • Gently pull apart the metal tabs located on both sides of the stick of RAM.

  • The RAM stick should tilt upwards.

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  • Gently lift the the RAM up and out of its seat.

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  • Repeat the previous two steps for the remaining stick of RAM.

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Image 1/3: Loosen the one screw in the middle with a #00 Phillips screwdriver. Again, the screw will not fall out of the panel when loosened. Image 2/3: Lift the panel up and out of its slot to remove. Image 3/3: Lift the panel up and out of its slot to remove.
  • Locate the small panel below the panel you just removed.

  • Loosen the one screw in the middle with a #00 Phillips screwdriver. Again, the screw will not fall out of the panel when loosened.

  • Lift the panel up and out of its slot to remove.

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Image 1/3: Using your fingers, gently pull up on the white clip until it releases. Image 2/3: Remove the black clip in the same manner as the white clip Image 3/3: Remove the black clip in the same manner as the white clip
  • Identify the two connections at the top of the bluetooth card.

  • Using your fingers, gently pull up on the white clip until it releases.

  • Remove the black clip in the same manner as the white clip

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Image 1/3: Using your fingers, press the clips outwards, away from the card until the card pops up. Image 2/3: Grab the card gently from the top and pull the card up and out of the slot. Image 3/3: Grab the card gently from the top and pull the card up and out of the slot.
  • Locate the two clips on either side of the Bluetooth card.

  • Using your fingers, press the clips outwards, away from the card until the card pops up.

  • Grab the card gently from the top and pull the card up and out of the slot.

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Conclusion

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

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