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Removing and Replacing the Wireless LAN Card

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This document applies only to HP Firebird computers.
Image of HP Firebird computer

Before you begin

  • Turn off the computer and disconnect all cables. Be sure to disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable before disconnecting the power cord.
  • Transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor.
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion boards and other components. HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
  • Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
WARNING:The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
CAUTION:This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.
Figure 1: Location of the wireless LAN card inside the computer
Image of the wireless LAN card inside the computer

Video overview

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Removing the wireless LAN card

WARNING:Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1

Remove the left side panel by pressing the release latch under the front of the PC, opening the left side panel, and lifting it off its hinges. Set the panel aside.

For more information about removing the side panel, refer to the HP support document Opening the Case .
Image of the side panel latch
Step 2

Find the wireless LAN card inside the computer.
Image of the wireless LAN card inside the computer
Step 3

Find the two antenna wire connectors at the left end of the card.
Image of the two antenna wire connectors on the wireless LAN card
Step 4

Disconnect each antenna wire by gently prying the flat connector on the end of the wire...
Image of lifting an antenna wire connector
...from the tab on the card.Image of an antenna wire connector lifted off the tab on the card
Step 5

Remove the two screws that secure the card on the motherboard.
Image of the two screws that secure the card on the motherboard
Step 6

Lift the free end of the card to about a 45-degree angle, and then...
Image of the free end of the card lifted to about a 45-degree angle
...pull the card from the connector.Image of the card pulled from the connector

Replacing the wireless LAN card

Step 1

Insert the card at an angle into the connector.
Image inserting the card into the connector
Step 2

Press the card down onto the motherboard.
Image of pressing the card down onto the motherboard
Step 3

Holding the card down, insert and tighten the two screws that secure the card to the motherboard.
Image of inserting the screws
Step 4

Snap an antenna wire connector onto each of the two tabs on the card.
Image of the two antenna wire connectors on the card
Step 5

Replace and close the left side panel.

For more information about replacing the side panel, refer to the HP support document Opening the Case .
Image of lowering the side panel onto the computer hinge pins