Removing and Replacing the Wireless LAN Card
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.
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Removing the wireless LAN card
WARNING:Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
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 .
Find the wireless LAN card inside the computer.
Find the two antenna wire connectors at the left end of the card.
Disconnect each antenna wire by gently prying the flat connector on the end of the wire...
|...from the tab on the card.|
Remove the two screws that secure the card on the motherboard.
Lift the free end of the card to about a 45-degree angle, and then...
|...pull the card from the connector.|
Replacing the wireless LAN card
Insert the card at an angle into the connector.
Press the card down onto the motherboard.
Holding the card down, insert and tighten the two screws that secure the card to the motherboard.
Snap an antenna wire connector onto each of the two tabs on the card.
Replace and close the left side panel.
For more information about replacing the side panel, refer to the HP support document Opening the Case .