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IdeaPad Y510 - Unsupported Wireless Card Detected error

2009-10-23, 0:29 AM

I have IdeaPad Y510 with inbuilt Intel Pro/ Wireless 3945ABG Network card. I bought a new Intel - 512AN_MMW - Wifi link 5100 card. I installed this card by removing the old card. When I tried restarting my device, It showed" UNSUPPORTED WIRELESS NETWORK CARD DETECTED" System Halted...



Please advice me as how to install this new card and make my system running.


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Re: IdeaPad Y510 - Unsupported Wireless Card Detected error

2009-10-23, 17:41 PM

Been there.  Done that.  Your card won't work in the Lenovo.


Lenovo in their infinite wisdom and big brotherish way has set the Y510 Ideapad firmware to only accept "Lenovo sourced" WiFi cards.  I had the displeasure of purchasing such a WiFi (Draft N) card a couple years ago for mine and ended up selling it cheap and purchasing another card (from eBay actually) that was branded as a Lenovo card.  The second card worked quite satisfactorily.


There were many forum posts related to this compatibility issue way back then.  I didn't keep up after I solved the problem the costly way - so I don't know if anyone every figured a way around the required "blessing of the card" that Lenovo firmware seems intent on doing.


In all fairness I suspect Lenovo did this to head off support issues related to future card upgrade attempts that might or might not be compatible with the Y510.  But, IMO, they could have done it in a less offensive way.


Good luck.  Go read hundreds of posts and report back if someone ever solved this riddle.



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