Introduction

The network card is what allows a laptop to connect to the internet. Replacing a faulty network card can solve connectivity issues. Please review the Troubleshooting Guide before replacing the Network Drive

Parts

No parts required.

Power off the laptop.
  • Power off the laptop.

  • Unplug the charging cable and any other cables plugged into the laptop.

  • Failure to remove or unplug any cables could result in electric shock.

  • Turn the laptop over so that the back panel is facing upwards.

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Locate two switches above the battery that lock it into place.
  • Locate two switches above the battery that lock it into place.

  • Push the left-hand switch, that says "lock" above it, so that it is unlocked.

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Push and hold the right-hand switch, which says "release" above it, and lift the battery up out of its place.
  • Push and hold the right-hand switch, which says "release" above it, and lift the battery up out of its place.

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Deck the Halls
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Locate and unscrew the two highlighted 8 mm Phillips #1 screws.
  • Locate and unscrew the two highlighted 8 mm Phillips #1 screws.

  • There will be three dots next to the desired screws

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Grip the cover of the optical drive and slide it out.
  • Grip the cover of the optical drive and slide it out.

  • If it does not come out, do not force it. Double check to make sure the screws are entirely removed.

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Remove all the 8mm Phillips #1 screws on the backside of the laptop. There are three 3mm and two 5.3mm screws under the battery that also need to be taken out. There are three 3mm screws under the optical drives that also need to be taken out.
  • Remove all the 8mm Phillips #1 screws on the backside of the laptop.

  • There are three 3mm and two 5.3mm screws under the battery that also need to be taken out.

  • There are three 3mm screws under the optical drives that also need to be taken out.

  • Remove the RAM panel in addition to the other screws. For further instructions, refer to the RAM replacement guide.

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Pry along the edges of the back panel using the spudger. If you are struggling to remove the back panel with a moderate amount of force, do NOT apply any additional force, instead double check to make sure all the screws were removed before attempting again. If you are struggling to remove the back panel with a moderate amount of force, do NOT apply any additional force, instead double check to make sure all the screws were removed before attempting again.
  • Pry along the edges of the back panel using the spudger.

  • If you are struggling to remove the back panel with a moderate amount of force, do NOT apply any additional force, instead double check to make sure all the screws were removed before attempting again.

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Pull the two cables off of the network card.
  • Pull the two cables off of the network card.

  • Make sure to pull the cables straight up as the connectors are fragile.

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Remove the two Phillips 5.3mm screws from the network card.
  • Remove the two Phillips 5.3mm screws from the network card.

  • After the screws are released, the network chip should lift up at an angle.

  • Gently pull out the network card.

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Conclusion

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

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