Introduction

This guide will allow you to replace your Toshiba Satellite's wireless connection card.

  1. Unplug your laptop from any source of power. Lay your laptop on a soft, clean surface as shown. Using a metal spudger, remove the two rubber grips on the bottom face of the laptop, located closest to the hinge.
    • Unplug your laptop from any source of power.

    • Lay your laptop on a soft, clean surface as shown.

    • Using a metal spudger, remove the two rubber grips on the bottom face of the laptop, located closest to the hinge.

    • The grips may be brittle. Be careful when removing them with the metal spudger in order to not damage them.

  2. Remove the (10) 5mm Phillips 0 screws, that secure the back plate to the computer. Remove the (10) 5mm Phillips 0 screws, that secure the back plate to the computer. Remove the (10) 5mm Phillips 0 screws, that secure the back plate to the computer.
    • Remove the (10) 5mm Phillips 0 screws, that secure the back plate to the computer.

  3. Starting on the edge, that is opposite the hinge, use plastic opening tools to pry the back plate away from the computer. Loosen the three non-hinge edges. Leave a plastic opening tool in the corners to ensure that one side does not snap close before you are done opening the others.
    • Starting on the edge, that is opposite the hinge, use plastic opening tools to pry the back plate away from the computer.

    • Loosen the three non-hinge edges.

    • Leave a plastic opening tool in the corners to ensure that one side does not snap close before you are done opening the others.

    • DO NOT lift the back plate away from the computer; it is still connected to the motherboard.

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  5. To loosen the back plate, lift it very slightly, and gently pull it away from the hinge. Flip the back plate open, towards the power button, making certain to not pull on the ribbon cable that connects the back plate to the motherboard. Use a plastic opeining tool to detach the side of the ribbon cable connected to the computer by prying up gently on the small black lever at the point of attachment.
    • To loosen the back plate, lift it very slightly, and gently pull it away from the hinge.

    • Flip the back plate open, towards the power button, making certain to not pull on the ribbon cable that connects the back plate to the motherboard.

    • Use a plastic opeining tool to detach the side of the ribbon cable connected to the computer by prying up gently on the small black lever at the point of attachment.

  6. Remove the (4) 3mm Phillips 0 screws connecting the battery to the computer. Remove the (4) 3mm Phillips 0 screws connecting the battery to the computer. Remove the (4) 3mm Phillips 0 screws connecting the battery to the computer.
    • Remove the (4) 3mm Phillips 0 screws connecting the battery to the computer.

  7. Use a plastic opening tool to lift the side of the battery that is closest to the long edge of the computer. As you are pulling the battery away from the computer, unplug it from the side furthest from the long edge of the computer. There may be a lot of resistence when unplugging the battery, so it is helpful to wiggle the male side of the plug back and forth as you remove it.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to lift the side of the battery that is closest to the long edge of the computer.

    • As you are pulling the battery away from the computer, unplug it from the side furthest from the long edge of the computer.

    • There may be a lot of resistence when unplugging the battery, so it is helpful to wiggle the male side of the plug back and forth as you remove it.

  8. Remove the tape partially covering the wireless card. It may be helpful to do this using a plastic opening tool. Remove the tape partially covering the wireless card. It may be helpful to do this using a plastic opening tool.
    • Remove the tape partially covering the wireless card. It may be helpful to do this using a plastic opening tool.

  9. Loosen the 3mm  Phillips #0 screw attaching the wireless card to the computer until there is enough room for the wireless card to be lifted past the height of the screw. One or both of the antenna cables attached to the wireless card during may pop off during this step. This is ok.
    • Loosen the 3mm Phillips #0 screw attaching the wireless card to the computer until there is enough room for the wireless card to be lifted past the height of the screw.

    • One or both of the antenna cables attached to the wireless card during may pop off during this step. This is ok.

  10. Remove the wireless card from the computer by gently pulling it in the direction of the further long edge of the computer, at an upwards angle. If either of the antenna cables are still attached to the card, gently pull them off with your hands to free them. If either of the antenna cables are still attached to the card, gently pull them off with your hands to free them.
    • Remove the wireless card from the computer by gently pulling it in the direction of the further long edge of the computer, at an upwards angle.

    • If either of the antenna cables are still attached to the card, gently pull them off with your hands to free them.

Conclusion

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

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