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Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎11-16-2013
Location: Toronto
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Replace wifi card on lenovo g505s

The wifi card on the lenovo G505s isn't good at all and I tried to replace it with a spare one I had from a previous laptop but I got that error.


"Unauthorized network card is plugged in - power off and remove the mini pci network card"


Can someone link me to some sort of list of the wifi cards that are whitelisted by Lenovo so I can buy one of those?


Or tell me another brand of wifi card that I can buy that wont give me this error.



Retired Support Specialist
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Registered: ‎04-22-2013
Location: Philippines
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Re: Replace wifi card on lenovo g505s

hi sm222,


Sorry to hear what happened,


The Wifi card that you should use should be on the whitelist and it should have a Lenovo FRU tag on it.

This is the list



Technically the model should match together with the Lenovo FRU tag



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What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎05-16-2015
Location: United States
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Re: Replace wifi card on lenovo g505s

This type of hardware whitelisting, and not having control over what I can and can't put in my own device, is precisely the reason I have always hated Apple/MacIntosh. If this is how Lenovo does business then I promise I will not be purchasing Lenovo ever again. The wireless card you provided is crap and forbidding me from upgrading, even after my warranty has run out, is unacceptable.

What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎02-04-2016
Location: United Kingdom
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Re: Replace wifi card on lenovo g505s


The list in this thread is over a year old now. Has the BIOS whitelist been updated recently to include 5GHz cards that can be used with the G505s?


Otherwise it looks like a BIOS hack will be called for .....



Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎08-19-2014
Location: Port Jefferson
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Re: Replace wifi card on lenovo g505s

I'm going to go ahead and give this thread a bump. I'm having a problem with my wireless card, and I may need to consider replacing it. Can I just pop in any wireless card at this point? If not, where can I get a replacement card?
What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎12-26-2016
Location: GB
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Re: Replace wifi card on lenovo g505s

hi did you find a wlan card replacement that was easy to replace in the g505s. any links would be greatfully appreciated. merry christmas and a happy new year. john

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