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amouses
Blue Screen Again
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Registered: ‎11-04-2014
Location: Switzerland
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Message 1 of 17

Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

I recently 100% successfully upgraded my Lenovo U430 touch to full AC style 5GHz networking.

 

I wrote it up here.  Now at last my Wifi is really rather fast.

 

It's working flawlessly under 64 bit Windows 8.1 and Centos 7.0  (on the same laptop)

 

https://majzel.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-power-of-ieee-80211ac-wireless.html

 

Regards Marcus Bennett

and Agata Majzel.

 

 

Zap074
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Message 2 of 17

Re: Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

Dear Marcus and Agata,

I followed your instructions with this card from Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/lqg23t5. Alas, I got the dreadful "unauthorized network card is plugged in" message in return. Unfortunately, I have literally no clue about network cards, so I wanted to ask you if you could had a "for dummies" solution. Thank you in advance.

Take care,
Zap074

 

Moderator note:  fixed broken link.

nwaves
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Message 3 of 17

Re: Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

For your card to work, it has to have an approved Lenovo FRU part number. amouses received FRU P/N 04X6010 and if it worked for him it should work for you as well if you buy the same P/N card.
amouses
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Message 4 of 17

Re: Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

Hello again from Marcus and Agata

So in the blog post I showed the ebay picture of what I ordered and the actual card that I received.

The key thing is to get the same card that I received. On the blog post if you click on the pictures you will get a higher resolution photo so you can see exactly what you need.

If all else fails please contact me via Google +

You wll find us here

https://plus.google.com/+MarcusBennettamouse/posts/p/pub

And we will try to assist you.

Overall the U430 is now a super fantastic laptop. As you will note from an earlier blog post

http://majzel.blogspot.ch/2014/11/adata-sp900-m2-sata-solid-state-disk.html

We also added a second M2 style hard disk inside the laptop as well as upgrading the networking.

Fantastic!
Zap074
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Message 5 of 17

Re: Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

Hello Marcus and Agata,



I actually followed your every step after sending the first card back and?
it worked! So thank you very much indeed.



I wish you all the best, kind regards,

Zap074

Zap074
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Message 6 of 17

Re: Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

Hello,

For me it worked with FRU P/N 04W3814 and now I?m enjoying a 100+ Mbps
bandwidth Smiley Wink

zomeone
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Message 7 of 17

Re: Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

Hello,

 

Can you please confirm sellers/sites/cards you have bought and managed to get this work?

 

I would like to upgtade my U430 also with AC/5Ghz capability.

amouses
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Message 8 of 17

Re: Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

I am copy pasting my original ebay order here

 

Link to image

 

Moderator note: large image(s) converted to link(s):  About Posting Pictures In The Forums

zomeone
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Message 9 of 17

Re: Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

Hello amouses,

 

Thanks for fast reply.

How about your bios version?

 

I could check tomorrow my own situation with current bios version.

I believe I don't even have to check if I can access to Wifi -card because I have already checked

manual so it should be OK.

 

edit. I noticed also that card with FRU P/N 04W3814 worked for someone?

edit2. When have you purchased yout U430s? I bought mine last year on January 2014 .

edit3. In your blog post you mention seller cityeliter, but in confirmation picture there's ovolink?

Which one is correct?

amouses
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Message 10 of 17

Re: Lenovo U430 5GHz AC Networking Upgrade

Hello there back.

 

So first I am surprised   (only joking!) that you did not google search our blog for lenovo  

example

 

lenovo site:majzel.blogspot.com

 

Anyway,  the review of the original laptop is here

https://majzel.blogspot.com/2014/05/lenovo-u430-touch-laptop.html

 

And it is still the rev 3.7 level of the BIOS   (I could find any other numbers anywhere)

 

Also I updated   the main link

https://majzel.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-power-of-ieee-80211ac-wireless.html

 

to show the current BIOS screen.

 

Thanks for the comment, it has improved my documentation

 

 

regards marcus b & Agata M

 

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