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Area 51m 7700 - Vista & Realtek 880 problems? - Page 5
WCBryant has a good fix here. This even works with Win 7 update. However, his method needs to be streamlined to something simple. So, here goes:
1. Power off and unplug laptop.
2. Use a thin blade screwdriver to push the four tabs holding the top of the keyboard (above the ESC, F7, Prt Sc, and * keys) away from the keyboard (towards the top) while gently lifting up, and release the top edge of the keyboard. DO NOT DISCONNECT THE CABLE UNDER THE SPACE BAR!
3. Tilt the keyboard up on its spacebar edge, then lift up slightly an turn over.
4. Lay keyboard keys-down on touch-pad without pulling on the cable.
5. locate the five phillips screws screws securing the silver metal shield in the pocket the keyboard came out of. They are easy to find and are all marked "M2X4".
6. lift the left side of the shield up and lift shield out. note two tabs on right side of the shield for when you put it back.
7. In the top left corner of the opening you will see the modem pictured earlier in this thread. It is held in with two phillips screws.
8. Remove the two screws then lift the modem card upward from the right side until it disconnects from the motherboard. There is a short cable (two wires) attached.
9. Unplug the short cable from the modem board. It just pulls away from the edge of the modem, so don't panic.
10. Put the two screws back in the threaded holes and tighten them so they don't fall out.
11. Put the metal shield back in starting with the two tabs on the right side, then swing it down into position. If for some reason you lifted the black plastic bezel where the power switch is, make sure it is dropped back in place and the edge is under the metal shield top edge.
12. Put the five phillips screws back in place to hold the shield.
13. Rotate the keyboard back into position starting with the space bar edge. Put the tabs into the notches, then continue flipping the keyboard over into the opening.
14. Press lightly on the top edge of the keyboard at the four latch locations identified in step 2.
15. Power up the laptop and allow it to boot in safe mode (F* while booting).
16. Open the device manager and delete all modem entries (Including that modem on high def audio crap.
17. Reboot and enjoy