06-04-2008 09:54 PM
In addition, all embedded slots on Laptops have a proprietary BIOS and cannot be re-provisioned by consumer, thus these would not work in your unit. My suggestion is that you contact your Laptop manufacturer for alternate solutions.
This is very disappointing since I bought this laptop assuming the SIM Card slot by the battery can be used and just had to be upgraded by a 3G modem like the MC8775. I did not order the customized ones offered optional under Verizon or Cingular because these are locked to the respective providers only.
I am in the Philippines and want an open line modem for flexibility when travelling abroad.
From the parts list:
The location of the MC8775 (number 3) should be on the opposite side of the Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (number 6) - Installation is back to back, I guess this is difficult to install but possible to do.
Is it true about the BIOS? Isnt there any BIOS upgrade or only a driver installation needed?
Can Lenovo assist us with this upgrade? I am willing to send my laptop to China, Siongapore or Hongkong or back to US if my laptop can have this embedded mini card.
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07-21-2008 04:16 AM
Hi hailvodka, It is probably best for you to keep asking your questions on this forum, as I don't necessarily know the answers to all of them, and everyone can learn.
I see that Lenovo is has got the message about how hard it is to retrofit WWAN to some of their models, and are now shipping at least some of the new ones "WWAN-ready". For example all X200's have the antenna pre-wired, and all you have to do is add the WWAN card. Yay!
09-15-2010 06:19 PM
Hello everyone, that's my first post n the forum.
I have a question to give fresh air to this threat. I will be direct:
I have a X300 6478-1HS. (I don't know the difference between 1HS and the 1TU from hailvodka) but I want add a Sierra Wireless MC8775 PCI Express MiniCard. My trouble starts here, I'm living now in México, and I'm planning using with carrier Telcel. Discussing with a specialist from the carrier, tell me, "this card operates in the allowed bands and technically its possible that will works in the carrier network, but don't find support about troubles with us."
I check my system, and verify that have PCI-E slot and the 2 screws for the card, 3 wires (white, red & blue) from the power and antennas (or I guess so, because are unconnected and my WLAN its working with another wires ), and the SIM slot.
Well, in your opinion Bannanaman (as a volunteer), to do my task successfully, I think:
- Buy a (for example) ThinkPad 42T0933 IBM ORIGINAL LENOVO GENUINE THINKPAD LAPTOP NOTEBOOK CINGULAR CARD on the web.
- Insert in the PCI-E slot, put the screws, the wires. (fingers crossed)
- Use dc-unlocker.com
- After unlock the card, turn off the sys and insert the SIM in the SLOT.
- Maybe its a good idea, update the access connections to the lastest version, to "manage" the WWAN connection...
Opinions or Suggestions?
Greetings and thanks for your help & support!
09-16-2010 09:00 AM
Hi navsau, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!
Sounds like you have done your homework! Yes that should work.
BillBolton mentioned the MC8775 frequency bands recently. Make sure that works with your carrier.
You don't have to use Access Connections. It's a lot of overhead if you have a simple setup. You can use Windows on its own, the Sierra Wireless utility, or perhaps the utility which you carrier provides.
Hope this helps!
09-16-2010 06:57 PM - edited 09-16-2010 06:59 PM
Hahaha thanks for your reply Bananaman, believe it, I'm reading reading and reading, because I want do, the right things with my money and time. Talking with the carrier's specialist, told me that this WWAN card working perfectly in the carrier's telcel in México.
Another volunteer suggest me buy FRU #42T0931(he said that it is a Lenovo-branded unlocked MC8775). If its true, it will install and run in your X300 without making any software or hardware modifications to either the card or the X300, and the card will accept any SIM card, right? Its a best option or take my fist plan? What do you think?
Thanks for you help and support!
09-17-2010 05:11 AM
In theory that should work, but obviously I can't make any guarantees about the performance of an eBay seller! Your call.