The wireless mini-card in a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop allows you to access the Internet via a Wi-Fi connection. The card is usually installed as an option by the manufacturer. You may want to remove the card in order to replace a faulty part, or to upgrade to a better wireless card. Removing the wireless card from your laptop is a delicate procedure. Find a clean, dry work surface before you begin.
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Things you need
- Plastic spudger tool
- Small Phillips screwdriver
Turn off your laptop, and remove the battery.
Open the laptop's screen a full 180 degrees wide.
Remove the hinge cover gently with a thin plastic spudger tool. Start at the right side, and carefully disconnect it moving left. Do not use a screwdriver here to avoid scratching the case.
Remove the two screws holding the keyboard.
Lift the keyboard assembly taking care not to knock-off any keys. Disconnect the cable connecting the keyboard to the computer's motherboard, and set the keyboard aside.
Disconnect the two antenna cables that are attached to the wireless card.
Release the metal retaining clip by pushing it toward the back of the computer.
Lift the mini wireless card out of the laptop.
Tips and warnings
- Take care to power-off your computer and remove the battery before beginning these steps.
- Carefully read the instruction manual for your laptop's safety instructions.
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