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The WiFi module is the primary method for wireless network connectivity. If this module shows symptoms of malfunction, a USB-to-Ethernet cable adapter can be used to maintain network access until the module is replaced.

  1. Power off your laptop before beginning disassembly.
    • Power off your laptop before beginning disassembly.

    • Open the laptop to locate the keyboard.

  2. Insert a plastic opening tool in the seam between the keyboard and laptop body. Carefully run the tool around the top and sides of the keyboard to pop out the 9 tabs holding in the keyboard.
    • Insert a plastic opening tool in the seam between the keyboard and laptop body.

    • Carefully run the tool around the top and sides of the keyboard to pop out the 9 tabs holding in the keyboard.

  3. Lift the keyboard up, then pivot it towards you to lay it facedown on the trackpad and palm rests. Be careful when lifting the keyboard up. The ribbon cable connecting it to the motherboard is very short, and the connector is fragile. The top corners of the keyboard may be stuck to the laptop bezel with double sided tape.  See rectangles in Image 3.  Be careful as you lift the keyboard up and pivot it toward you.
    • Lift the keyboard up, then pivot it towards you to lay it facedown on the trackpad and palm rests.

    • Be careful when lifting the keyboard up. The ribbon cable connecting it to the motherboard is very short, and the connector is fragile.

    • The top corners of the keyboard may be stuck to the laptop bezel with double sided tape. See rectangles in Image 3. Be careful as you lift the keyboard up and pivot it toward you.

  4. Locate the ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the motherboard. Use the tip of the opening tool to lift the black flap on the connector. With the twezers, gently lift the ribbon cable out of the connector.
    • Locate the ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.

    • Use the tip of the opening tool to lift the black flap on the connector.

    • With the twezers, gently lift the ribbon cable out of the connector.

    • Be careful when reinserting the ribbon cable.

    • Ensure the cutouts on the end of the cable match the tabs on the connector.

  5. Locate and remove the screws holding the bezel to the laptop body:
    • Locate and remove the screws holding the bezel to the laptop body:

    • Two 3 mm Phillips screws

    • Three 5.5 mm Phillips screws

  6. Flip the laptop over.
    • Flip the laptop over.

    • Locate and remove the screws holding the bezel to the bottom panel:

    • Ten 4.5 mm Phillips screws

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  8. There is now nothing securing the bezel to the laptop body. However, there are still two cables connecting the bezel to the mainboard. Ensure the bezel remains in place until the cables are disconnected. Flip the laptop back over.
    • There is now nothing securing the bezel to the laptop body. However, there are still two cables connecting the bezel to the mainboard. Ensure the bezel remains in place until the cables are disconnected.

    • Flip the laptop back over.

    • Locate the small trackpad ribbon cable and use the opening tool to lift the black flap on the connector.

    • With tweezers, gently pull the ribbon cable out of the connector.

    • You can use the clear plastic tab on the top of the ribbon connector to help pull the cable out.

  9. Locate the power board cable and disconnect it by pulling the cable head towards the front of the laptop.
    • Locate the power board cable and disconnect it by pulling the cable head towards the front of the laptop.

    • You can use a metal spudger to push the head out of the socket.

    • Be careful to not damage the socket.

  10. Lift the keyboard bezel off the laptop.  The bezel is secured to the chassis by 10 plastic clips around the circumference that can be released with the plastic pry tool.
    • Lift the keyboard bezel off the laptop. The bezel is secured to the chassis by 10 plastic clips around the circumference that can be released with the plastic pry tool.

    • You may need to flip the screen around to get the necessary clearance at the hinges.

  11. Unplug the battery cable.
    • Unplug the battery cable.

    • You can use a metal spudger to push the head out of the socket.

  12. Remove the screws holding the battery to the chassis:
    • Remove the screws holding the battery to the chassis:

    • Four 4 mm Philips screws

  13. Gently lift the battery out of the laptop.
    • Gently lift the battery out of the laptop.

    • Handle the battery carefully. Do not allow it to bend or be punctured.

  14. Using the tweezers, unplug the gray and black antennae cables.
    • Using the tweezers, unplug the gray and black antennae cables.

    • Be gentle: The cables are fragile.

  15. Using the tweezers, remove the ribbon cable connecting the WiFi module to the motherboard.
    • Using the tweezers, remove the ribbon cable connecting the WiFi module to the motherboard.

    • Be gentle: The ribbon cable and its connectors are fragile.

  16. Using the tweezers, lift up on the retaining tab of the module retention bracket and slide the bracket to the left, then lift it free.
    • Using the tweezers, lift up on the retaining tab of the module retention bracket and slide the bracket to the left, then lift it free.

  17. Gently lift the WiFi module out of the laptop.
    • Gently lift the WiFi module out of the laptop.

Abschluss

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

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I need to replace the wifi card in one of these laptops and I’d like to get a different brand. What is this form factor called?

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