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While traveling I bent the left hinge for the lid of my panasonic CF-52. I was able to fix this but I had to remove the panel above the keyboard. There are four wires on the left side. I had to disconnect them, however I do not think I connected the correctly as my wireless does not connect in noisy environments anymore.

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  • steven_i_dav Sep 12, 2009

    there are four wires. do you have a diagram or can you tell me the order they go in?

  • Chip
    Chip May 11, 2010

    You most likely have your antennae leads backwards. Reverse them and try to connect.



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I'll try to hunt down a schematic for you......

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

  • Chip
    Chip Sep 12, 2009

    This is what I have found so far....your laptop might have two wireless cards in it.

    There may be a second wireless adapter slot on the underside of the notebook.

    To get to it:

    Remove the L-shaped access plate adjacent to the "Battery Release"
    switch and immediately below the
    handle. (The single screw requires a
    special screwdriver, size T-5 or T-6.)

    Remove the two securing screws, remove the two leads (one gray, one blue) and slide the adapter
    AWAY from the handle. This is the wiring for one of the cards so I would guess that the other two leads go
    to the second card. Process of elimination. Hook the wires up and test the connection. If you don't get a good signal, try to reverse the leads and see if that straightens things out. That's all I can dig up as of right now.



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