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Replacing internal wireless adapter?

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I have a toshiba satellite laptop with:

AMD Athlon II P320 Dual-Core Processor 2.1 GHz
Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter

The wireless adapter is awful. I often have 4/5 bars of reception and it has trouble connecting, or 3/5 bars and sometimes it will not be able to connect at all, not to mention I can be within 20 feet of any router and half the time it won't show a full signal strength. I've compared with a friend that has an Acer and his laptop gets way better reception from the same routers I've tried, so I know it's just my laptop.

My question is how simple it is to replace the adapter and which one I should be looking at? I am assuming all I have to do is disconnect the antenna wires and pop it out and then pop in a new one - am I missing anything?
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Its about that simple (assuming it's a mini PCIe and not integrated..)

Hardest part is getting the case open and access to the mini PCIe. Unless your laptop happens to have an access door..
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