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Remove and Replace the Wireless Module for HP Pavilion Gaming 15-akXXX Notebook PCs

This document applies to HP Pavilion Gaming 15-akXXX notebook computers.
HP Pavilion Gaming15-ak000 notebook computer
Before you begin
  • Have available a pair of tweezers or needle nose pliers and a Phillips-head screwdriver.
  • Turn off the computer. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable. Disconnect the power cord.
  • Transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor.
  • HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
  • Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
  warning:
Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting. Before starting, power off the computer and wait for components to cool before starting these procedures.
  caution:
This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.
  caution:
Procedures in this document are provided by HP for qualified service agents and as a courtesy to its customers. Servicing internal components increases the risk of damaging the computer which might not be covered under warranty. Understand the risk and refer to the product's warranty before attempting to service the computer.
Video overview
View the following video before using the steps in this article.
  note:
Depending on your notebook’s configuration, you may have either a WLAN or WLAN/Bluetooth Combo module. However, the removal and replacement of these modules is identical for all configurations of the HP Pavilion Gaming 15-akXXX notebook computers.
Removing the wireless module
To remove the wireless module, first follow the instructions to remove the battery, the optical drive, and the rear corner covers, and base enclosure.
Step 1
First, remove the battery, the optical drive, and the rear corner covers, and base enclosure.
For detailed instructions see the HP support document, Remove and Replace the Base Enclosure.
Removing the base enclosure
Step 2
Find the wireless module.
  note:
Make careful note of which terminal the wireless antenna cables are connected to on the wireless module for later replacement
Wireless module highlighted
Step 3
Carefully disconnect the wireless antenna cables from the wireless module by grasping the connectors with a small pair of needle nose pliers or tweezers.
  caution:
Use care when disconnecting and reconnecting the wireless antenna cables from the wireless module. A damaged cable or connector can degrade notebook performance.
Disconnecting the wires
Step 4
Remove the 5.5 mm P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the wireless module to the system board and allow it to release to the spring tension position.
Removing the screw to release the board
Step 5
Grasp the wireless module by the edges and pull gently to remove it.
Grasping and removing the wireless module
Step 6
Place the wireless module in a static dissipative bag.
Placing the wireless module in a static dissipative bag
Replacing the wireless module
Use the steps in this section to replace the wireless module and the other removed components.
Step 1
Grasp the wireless module by the edges and align the notch in the wireless module with the key in the wireless module slot on the system board.
Aligning the notch and the key to insert the wireless module
Step 2
At an angle, gently insert the wireless module into its slot on the system board.
Inserting the wireless module into the slot on the system board
Step 3
Press the wireless module down and replace the 5.5 mm P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the wireless module to the system board.
Pressing down and screwing the wireless module in place
Step 4
Reconnect the wireless antenna cables to the wireless module by putting them in place and then pressing down with your finger.
Reconnecting the wireless antenna cables
Step 5
Replace the base enclosure, the rear corner covers, the optical drive, and the battery.
For detailed instructions see the HP support document, Remove and Replace the Base Enclosure.
Replacing the battery, the last of the components to replace

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