How to Add a Network Card Upgrade for a HP Pavilion DV5

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How to Add a Network Card Upgrade for a HP Pavilion DV5
Upgrade your network card to pick up a stronger Wi-Fi signal. (monochrome portrait or energetic businesswoman wit image by Lev Dolgatshjov from Fotolia.com)

Upgrading the network card in your HP Pavilion dv5 laptop is a great way to pick up a stronger wireless signal. Picking up a stronger wireless signal will let you access your wireless network at a greater distance from your router. This is especially helpful if you are using you laptop in a school or work environment where you are probably moving your laptop around a building or a campus at varying distances from your wireless signal.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off your HP Pavilion dv5 laptop and unplug any cables that are connected to the device.

  2. 2

    Turn the laptop upside down and position the laptop so the side that opens is opposite you.

  3. 3

    Slide the battery-release latch, located above the left side of the battery, to the right to disengage the battery from the laptop.

  4. 4

    Lift and remove the battery.

  5. 5

    Remove the two screws in the right side of the hard drive cover, located above the right side of the battery bay.

  6. 6

    Lift and remove the hard drive cover.

  7. 7

    Grab the pull tab on top of the hard drive bracket and slide the hard drive bracket to the far right corner of the hard drive bay to disconnect it from the laptop.

  8. 8

    Lift and remove the hard drive bracket.

  9. 9

    Remove the antenna cables from the right side of the existing network card, located at the bottom of the hard drive bay.

  10. 10

    Remove the two screws from the right side of the network card using a Phillips screwdriver.

  11. 11

    Grab the end of the network card and slide it to the right to disconnect it from the laptop.

  12. 12

    Slide the new network card into the slot and reconnect the antenna cables.

  13. 13

    Screw the two screws into the right side of your new network card.

  14. 14

    Place the hard drive in the right side of the hard drive bay and slide it to the left to connect it to the laptop.

  15. 15

    Replace the hard drive cover and screw in the two screws on the left side of the hard drive cover.

  16. 16

    Place the battery back in the battery bay and push down until it locks into place.

  17. 17

    Turn your laptop right-side-up and reconnect all the cables that were previously connected.

  18. 18

    Turn your laptop on.

  19. 19

    Insert the software disc that came with your new network card into your CD/DVD-ROM drive. Install the software that came with your network card to appropriately install and set up your device.

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