Introduction

If the troubleshooting guide for the WIFI problems hasn't fixed your issue, this guide is for replacing the WIFI card would be suitable to fix the problem.

  1. Start by using a spudger or plastic opening tool  to  remove the bottom cover.
    • Start by using a spudger or plastic opening tool to remove the bottom cover.

    • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

    • Once enough of the glue is removed, peel the cover off by hand,

    Careful as the rubber bottom rips extremely easily. Be very patient.

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  2. Remove the four 7.5mm length Philips head screws under the rubber cover.
    • Remove the four 7.5mm length Philips head screws under the rubber cover.

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    • Use a nylon spudger to unsnap the bottom from the sides.

    • Pry until the remaining three points are unsnapped.

    • Once unsnapped, lift the cover.

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    • Remove the connection for the front buttons to fully remove the cover.

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    • Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to remove the adhesive covering the the WIFI connectors.

    • Gently pull the wires at the connection point to disconnect them from the motherboard.

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    • Remove the two pieces of glue holding the WIFI card in place.

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    • Scrape the glued pad underneath the WIFI card to seperate the card from the board.

    • Push apart the two clips holding the WIFI card in the connection.

    • Pull the WIFI card out of the connection.

    • When putting the new WIFI card in, put the card in the connector first, then push downward until it clicks.

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Conclusion

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

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Where do you source the replacement wifi card?

cterrell9 - Reply

great piece of advice. After some searching I found this on ebay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Atheros-AR500...

or type in search bar Atheros AR5008 AR5416 Mini PCI N 802.11N 300M WIFI Wireless Card Dell ASUS SONY.

It cost me around £10.00 and seems to be working fine now after installation

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