Introduction

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

Using a metal spudger, remove the two rubber grips on the bottom face of the laptop, located closest to the hinge
  • 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, take care not to damage them with the metal spudger

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Remove the (10) 5mm Phillips 0 screws securing the backplate to the computer using a 54 bit driver kit.
  • Remove the (10) 5mm Phillips 0 screws securing the backplate to the computer using a 54 bit driver kit.

  • It may be helpful to keep the screws in a small container, so they are not misplaced

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  • Starting on the edge opposite the hinge, use plastic opening tools to pry the backplate away from the computer

  • Loosten the three non-hinge edges

  • Leave a pry tool in the corners to ensure that 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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  • To loosen the backplate, lift it very slightly, and gently pull away from the hinge

  • Flip the backplate open, towards the power button, taking care not to pull on the ribbon cable attching the backplate to the motherboard

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

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  • Remove the (4) 3mm Phillips 0 screws connecting the battery to the computer using a 54 bit driver kit

  • It may be helpful to keep the screws in a small container, so they are not misplaced

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  • Use a plastic opening tool to lift the side of the battery closest to the long edge of the computer.

  • As you are pullling 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, it is helpful to wiggle the male side of the plug back and forth as you remove it

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Conclusion

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

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