Antenna replacement

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Replacing a wireless antenna is a relatively simple task. To do so, you will need a standard #1 Phillips head screwdriver and something to hold screws in. (In a pinch, parts taken off the XO can serve as temporary containers) This repair can be done within 15 minutes, even with little experience.

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Before we begin


You may check the performance of the old antenna using the antenna testing procedure. This is not essential, but it is helpful if the antenna is being changed because of network connection problems.

Taking off the front panel

Step 1

Open the laptop and flip the screen up. Rotate it a 90 degree angle as shown in the sequence below. Next, remove the screws from the bottom of the screen - there are two on each side (right/left) of the XO, so make sure to get all four.

Flip screen up
Unscrew - remember, there are 4.

Step 2

Remove the two green panels from the side of the XO. Slide them upwards and lift them off as shown.

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Slide up
Lift off

Step 3

Finally, pull off the front panel. It is tabbed, so it can simply be pulled out. Pull the bottom out (where the screws came out), and gently slide the piece downwards and out.

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Screen 3b.jpg

Taking out the screen

Step 1

To get the screen out, remove the four screws highlighted.


Step 2

Next, carefully slide the screen out, pulling the bottom out. Do not tug it or let go, as it will still be connected to the motherboard by two cables.

Slide out gently
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Watch out for cables!

Unhook the cable
Watch out for this little cable, too.
Good to go!

Removing the wireless antenna

Step 1

Keep the screen out of the way until the replacement is complete.

Take out 4 screws
Turn over. Pull up and remove the back plate

Take out two screws holding the top bar in place
Watch out for this tab! Pop it out on both sides
Pull the top bar off.

Step 2

Unclip the cable as shown
Peel up the tape.
Remove the two screws.

Watch out for this tab!
Carefully pull out the antenna.
A removed antenna.

Replacing the wireless antenna

Step 1

Carefully put in the new wireless antenna
Pick the right screw!
Screw in the antenna

Step 2

Clip the antenna cable back in.
Replace the top bar. Do not forget the tabs on the sides! Replace the screws to secure the bar.

Turn over. Replace the back plate.
Pick the right screw!
Turn over. Secure the back plate by putting in the four screws where indicated.

Replacing the screen

Step 1

Replace the screen by sliding the connection cables into place and clipping them back down (it is generally easier to clip the thinner one that has a longer tether first). Reseat the screen, making sure that it sits flat and that none of the spacers are gone.

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Clip little cable in
Clip big cable in

Gently slide screen back in
The screws with the large heads (4) go back in

(At this point, or later, you may check the performance of the new antenna, using the antenna testing procedure.)

Step 2

Slide the front panel back on, making sure that it sits flat. Note that there are hooks on the side of the panel (highlighted in blue) that need to slide into place; pushing the top of the screen flat and sliding it upwards works well.

Watch out for these hooks
The rest of the panel slides into place

Step 3

Slide the green side pieces back into place. Then, rotate the XO 90 degrees and put the remaining screws back. Don't forget that the screws go in on both sides (right/left).

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Side panels slide back in place
Almost there!

Put screws (4) back in.

And you're done! Yay! :D