How to Install a Wireless Card in a Dell Latitude C510

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How to Install a Wireless Card in a Dell Latitude C510
A wireless card makes getting online possible without Ethernet or modem connections. (laptop image by Angie Lingnau from

The Dell Latitude C510 is a Pentium III-based notebook computer with a 14.1-inch display, designed for maximum portability with the needs of the business user in mind. The Latitude C510 has an internal mini PCI slot which can be used to install a Dell TrueMobile 1150 mini PCI internal wireless networking module. With the wireless networking module installed, it becomes possible to get online and use the Internet wherever you can locate an open wireless access point, without resorting to an Ethernet connection or dial-up modem.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Shut down the Latitude C510. Disconnect the power cable and all external devices, then turn the notebook over so that you are looking at the underside.

  2. 2

    Remove the battery from its compartment.

  3. 3

    Locate the cover for the memory and wireless card compartments on the bottom of the Latitude C510. The cover has two flathead screws on one side and a Phillips-head screw slightly off-centre. Loosen all three screws. The Phillips-head screw can be removed and set aside. The flathead screws will remain in the cover.

  4. 4

    Lift the cover off of the Latitude C510 and set it aside. This reveals an expansion compartment containing both of the computer's memory modules and the mini PCI slot for the wireless card.

  5. 5

    Push the TrueMobile 1150 wireless card into the open slot so that the metal contacts go into the slot completely, then push the top part of the card down until the retaining clips snap around it. Be careful that the card does not cover the two small antenna cables inside the expansion compartment.

  6. 6

    Connect one of the antenna cables to the MAIN connector on the wireless card and connect the other to the AUX connector. The cables are locked down inside the Latitude C510 so that they can only be connected in the correct fashion.

  7. 7

    Replace the cover on the bottom of the Latitude C510, then replace the battery and all cables. Turn the computer on.

  8. 8

    Download and install the driver for the TrueMobile 1150 wireless card (see Resources). After the driver is installed, the wireless card is ready to use.

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