How to Remove a Wireless Card From an Inspiron 1501

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How to Remove a Wireless Card From an Inspiron 1501
The Dell Inspiron 1501 wireless card is located below the keyboard. (laptop image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Plastic spudger tool
  • Small Phillips screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off your laptop, and remove the battery.

  2. 2

    Open the laptop's screen a full 180 degrees wide.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Remove the two screws holding the keyboard.

  5. 5

    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.

  1. 1

    Disconnect the two antenna cables that are attached to the wireless card.

  2. 2

    Release the metal retaining clip by pushing it toward the back of the computer.

  3. 3

    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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