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If your wifi isn't working, it might just be a loose connection to your wireless card. Follow this guide to replace your wireless card.

Ensure your computer is shut down.
  • Ensure your computer is shut down.

  • Removing the battery while the laptop is still on may corrupt your files.

  • Remove any power adapters and cords connected to the laptop body.

  • Turn the computer over so the bottom is facing up.

  • These pictures show no battery, but your battery should still be in your computer at this point.

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The battery release is below the bottom right corner of the battery bay.
  • The battery release is below the bottom right corner of the battery bay.

  • Slide the switch to the right until the release clicks.

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Remove the battery.
  • Remove the battery.

  • The release switch may need to be held down while removing the battery.

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Remove the two 5mm Phillips screws on the hard drive cover using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Remove the two 5mm Phillips screws on the hard drive cover using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the two 5mm Phillips screws on the hard drive cover using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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Remove the plastic hard drive cover.
  • Remove the plastic hard drive cover.

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Pull up on the two plastic flaps on the hard drive enclosure to remove it. Pull up on the two plastic flaps on the hard drive enclosure to remove it.
  • Pull up on the two plastic flaps on the hard drive enclosure to remove it.

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Gently lift the ribbon cable away from the hard drive enclosure to free the drive. Gently lift the ribbon cable away from the hard drive enclosure to free the drive.
  • Gently lift the ribbon cable away from the hard drive enclosure to free the drive.

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Locate four 2mm Phillips screws on the side of the enclosure and remove them using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Slide the hard drive out of the enclosure to complete the removal process.
  • Locate four 2mm Phillips screws on the side of the enclosure and remove them using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • Slide the hard drive out of the enclosure to complete the removal process.

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Locate the wireless card and the two wires attached to it.
  • Locate the wireless card and the two wires attached to it.

  • Caution: Prying on the WLAN card wires in the wrong direction could damage your wireless card. Make sure to lift straight up when removing the wires.

  • Using a plastic spudger tool, carefully lift up on each wire connecting the card to unsnap the connectors.

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Locate the 2.5mm Phillips screw on the corner of the WLAN card and remove it using a Phillips #000 screwdriver. Locate the 2.5mm Phillips screw on the corner of the WLAN card and remove it using a Phillips #000 screwdriver.
  • Locate the 2.5mm Phillips screw on the corner of the WLAN card and remove it using a Phillips #000 screwdriver.

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Upon removing the screw, the WLAN card will pop up. Keeping a natural angle, slide the card out of the slot. The card is now free from your computer.
  • Upon removing the screw, the WLAN card will pop up. Keeping a natural angle, slide the card out of the slot.

  • The card is now free from your computer.

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Conclusion

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

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