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Lenovo Y50-70 wifi card - why I cannot install intel 7265 NGW?

2016-01-02, 15:26 PM

Hi

 

I'm trying to install a new Intel 7265 NGW wifi card into my Y50-70. It keeps coming back as unauthorised card.

 

How can I authorise it or maybe this card cannot be installed in this model?

 

Many thanks for help. Just a note that I have now Atheros Qualcom AR956x

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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 wifi card - why I cannot install intel 7265 NGW?

2016-01-03, 22:03 PM

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Hello again

 

I went to Intel website.....and there is nothing like FRU in conection with any of their wifi cards....

 

I don't know what to do now...other people suggesting to flash the bios, so you can completely remove whitelist, but I don't know how to do it either....

 

I really would like to fit proper/quick wifi ac card to work on my laptop, but it seems like mission impossible.

 

Why this is so difficult?


The FRU number is Lenovo's way of restriction in changing the wifi card of their system. There are members who found cards with FRU numbers in Ebay. However I'm not sure if it will work in your case. Indeed it's difficult to replace the wifi card in Lenovo units.

 

Options that you can take:

 

1. Have your bios modified. You can install any card without the FRU. However, this is risky since the bios might be destroyed.

2. Use a USB wifi dongle. There is no restriction for these devices. And this is also cheap.

3. Look for the wifi card with an FRU number in Ebay.

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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 wifi card - why I cannot install intel 7265 NGW?

2016-01-03, 11:43 AM

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Hi

 

I'm trying to install a new Intel 7265 NGW wifi card into my Y50-70. It keeps coming back as unauthorised card.

 

How can I authorise it or maybe this card cannot be installed in this model?

 

Many thanks for help. Just a note that I have now Atheros Qualcom AR956x


Although it is listed as compatible in the hardware maintenance manual you failed to comply with the indicated FRU number. Thus the bios rejected the card as unauthorized. The list in the manual is called the whitelist. To use the indicated card you must select the model number with the indicated FRU number. If you comply then the bios will accept it and declare it as authorized. 

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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 wifi card - why I cannot install intel 7265 NGW?

2016-01-03, 11:50 AM
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Thanks for that. When I understand what you say, I completely don't know how to do it....sorry for being total moron in this probably simple operation. Can you tell me step by step how to do this operation? I don't know what is FRU. Many thanks for being patient. Best. Tom
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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 wifi card - why I cannot install intel 7265 NGW?

2016-01-03, 12:40 PM

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Thanks for that. When I understand what you say, I completely don't know how to do it....sorry for being total moron in this probably simple operation. Can you tell me step by step how to do this operation? I don't know what is FRU. Many thanks for being patient. Best. Tom

FRU is Field Replaceable Unit.

 

 
2. Open it and go to page 87. Locate item no 12 (1st column). This is the whitelist.
 
3. Select the model number (example Intel 7260) and locate the FRU number which is in the third column (20200552)
 
4. Go to the site of the wifi card vendor and find/locate Intel 7260 with an FRU 20200552. If there is no FRU number don't buy it.
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2016-01-03, 12:55 PM

Many thanks!  Will try it now.

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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 wifi card - why I cannot install intel 7265 NGW?

2016-01-03, 21:36 PM

Hello again

 

I went to Intel website.....and there is nothing like FRU in conection with any of their wifi cards....

 

I don't know what to do now...other people suggesting to flash the bios, so you can completely remove whitelist, but I don't know how to do it either....

 

I really would like to fit proper/quick wifi ac card to work on my laptop, but it seems like mission impossible.

 

Why this is so difficult?

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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 wifi card - why I cannot install intel 7265 NGW?

2016-01-03, 22:03 PM

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Hello again

 

I went to Intel website.....and there is nothing like FRU in conection with any of their wifi cards....

 

I don't know what to do now...other people suggesting to flash the bios, so you can completely remove whitelist, but I don't know how to do it either....

 

I really would like to fit proper/quick wifi ac card to work on my laptop, but it seems like mission impossible.

 

Why this is so difficult?


The FRU number is Lenovo's way of restriction in changing the wifi card of their system. There are members who found cards with FRU numbers in Ebay. However I'm not sure if it will work in your case. Indeed it's difficult to replace the wifi card in Lenovo units.

 

Options that you can take:

 

1. Have your bios modified. You can install any card without the FRU. However, this is risky since the bios might be destroyed.

2. Use a USB wifi dongle. There is no restriction for these devices. And this is also cheap.

3. Look for the wifi card with an FRU number in Ebay.

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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 wifi card - why I cannot install intel 7265 NGW?

2016-01-03, 23:40 PM
Thank you very much. I'm currently looking for appropriate card. Once more, many thanks. Tom
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