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Wirless wont connect

I think my internal wireless card is loose or fried and I want to change it and am not sure how to remove it , is there an esy way to remove it to replace it thank for your input?

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Try going here for any manuals or driver downloads you may need. try re-installing the drivers before condeming the wireless card.

If you decide you want to replace it, you will need to first remove the MINI PCI adapter cover from beneith the laptop.

Inside you will probably see a small chip with a wire connected. That is the regular telephone modem for dial up.

The second, bigger one is the wireless card. It should have two metal spring locks on the sides , depress these and it should pop up slightly. then just pull and it should come right out.

getting another just like it may be hard, try ordering one from dell or going to a computer store with knowledgable people and see if they can get you one.

Let me know if you need anything else or have any questions.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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    Chris Busch Jan 23, 2009

    First, you can go to and you can download the manual and any drivers that you might want to use to try and get that card working.

    To remove it, you usually have to remove the wireless card by removing an access panel on the bottom of the laptop and unhook any anntena connectors.

    Now this model has a mini PCI connection under one of the panels where it has a regular modem and then a slot to put a wireless card. it should be the bigger of the two and is held in by two metal spring locks on the sides. depress those, it will pop up and you pull it out.

    Have you tried re-installing the drivers or done any troubleshooting at all?

    Has the wireless ever worked?

    What, if any, are the symptoms?

    Please let me know.

    Depending on the model or if its older, it may not have anntena connectors.



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