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TPham1948
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Message 11 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

Hello ,

 

Yes and Yes. The video is most beneficial, plus the hand gloves are good idea.

 

Something else is nagging me. Prior to replacing the WLAN card, the battery should be disabled. The X1 Carbon has this ability https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd025206.

Do you know if the 920 has that capability ? Could not find the info yet, and I'm trying to avoid physically disconnecting the battery plug if it can be helped.

 

Thanks again and 'kudo' to you.

 

P.S. The 9260 should arrive mid of the coming week.

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Message 12 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

Sorry, but that feature is only available in ThinkPad systems not in IdeaPads. You need to physically disconnect the battery.

 

Prabhansh

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TPham1948
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Message 13 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

Oh man ! I have considered the X1 seriously after returning the 1st Yoga 920. But the 920, albeit many flaws, has what many premium laptops do not. To name a few: sexy appearance, advanced design of TB3 ports 4 lanes + 8th gen cpu + windows ink + screen + bevel + size . . . .
So win some, loose some . . . and peace.
travisnow
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Message 14 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

@tpham1948 thanks for looping me in on your project here. I had ordered the X1, as it said ships same day, but after multiple delays and little to no response from Lenovo, I cancelled and got the Yoga 920 from BB. One thing that you should know, the X1 Carbon is only a touchscreen on the lower end model which is an i5 processor. The i7s, I was told, will never have a touch screen. Hence the Yoga. I refuse to spend this much on a laptop and STILL have to replace the network adapter. 

 

I trust you verified whether opening the case would affect the warranty?

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Message 15 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

I don't think laptops ever came with a seal which if you break indicates you opened it up. I know they do this with DVD/HDD recorders to this day. As for the WIFI card, at least that is easy to access on the Yoga 920. All you have to do is remove the back cover and unclip the card.

 

I might add that on Dells, changing the SSD out does not invalidate the warrantee. They do recommend you replace the drive with the original one if you send it in for warrantee repair. I suppose the same might hold with Lenovo for the WIFI card. 

 

The main problem you might encounter is sometimes the back plate is held on with retention or friction clips so you may have to pry it off or mess with it awhile.

 

I have an old Asus 11" notebook (N10J) from 2008. Open up a small back panel and right in front of your eyes, the WIFI card, RAM slots, and HDD is readily accessible to replace. And this notebook gets 7 hours on the battery. I considered retaining it for use on airline flights except it has an Atom processor which is really slow, though Win10 runs fine on it. It's a shame that I had to replace it with a Dell XPS 13. The problem with the Yoga 920 is it's too big for airline flights.

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Message 16 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

@Clevor,
Well said. Thanks.
I addition, there are always risks. Fixing one thing may lead to damaging other(s). Hence, one needs to plan well ahead with all contengencies & questions' asked & answered. I do have an 8265 on hand, but am waiting for the 9260 prior to making the switch. Should one does not work, the replacements are ready.
The info here is just that, it is the users' reponsibility for any risks that may occur.
Keep on sharing with us your valuable inputs.

 

@travisnow, your consideration is well placed. As for the X1 Carbon, too bad they are not on display, or available to buy, anywhere nearby. But when they are available with 8th Gen CPU, I'd take my chance to order one. Thanks for your input.

 

Best,

 

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Message 17 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

Thank you. 

 

I did end up ordering the 8265, and will make an attempt at replacing using the training resources posted here. The pain of returning and etc., was too great to not take this risk. I’m excited & hopeful to have snappy network performance!

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Message 18 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

Hi folks,

 

Some news, perhaps good, while waiting for the intel Wireless cards.

 

I tried, always, use Ethernet for security & speed. The previous 920 and usb-c Plugable dock failed the Ethernet miserably, plus several other annoyance. So, spending a bit more, I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad Thunderbolt 3 Dock - 40AC0135US. Ethernet worked fine for a day, and today, the Ethernet disappeared. I had no choice which to switch to the Qualcomm Atheros WiFi with slower speed and inconsistency. Then, by miracle and good luck, I went to the Qualcomm properties and messed around. By setting the "roaming aggressiveness" to lowest in Device Manger Roaming aggressiveness. The default setting was Medium. The WiFi strength immediately jumped to max and seemed to be consistent. Then, after reboot, the Ethernet returned. How about that Smiley LOL

 

@travisnow, good decision. while waiting for the 8265, would you try the finding I posted above, and let us know. By the way, after returning the first 920, I did look around and found nothing that would match the design & built of the 920. The HP Spectre 7 Envy's screen could be twisted by holding the screen on both end. The XPS thunderbolt port has 2 lanes. There is a blog which people chatted about reviewers like the xps but users don't. Very interesting.

 

Best,

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Message 19 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

 

 


@TPham1948wrote:

Hi folks,

 

Some news, perhaps good, while waiting for the intel Wireless cards.

 

I tried, always, use Ethernet for security & speed. The previous 920 and usb-c Plugable dock failed the Ethernet miserably, plus several other annoyance. So, spending a bit more, I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad Thunderbolt 3 Dock - 40AC0135US. Ethernet worked fine for a day, and today, the Ethernet disappeared. I had no choice which to switch to the Qualcomm Atheros WiFi with slower speed and inconsistency. Then, by miracle and good luck, I went to the Qualcomm properties and messed around. By setting the "roaming aggressiveness" to lowest in Device Manger Roaming aggressiveness. The default setting was Medium. The WiFi strength immediately jumped to max and seemed to be consistent. Then, after reboot, the Ethernet returned. How about that Smiley LOL

 

@travisnow, good decision. while waiting for the 8265, would you try the finding I posted above, and let us know. By the way, after returning the first 920, I did look around and found nothing that would match the design & built of the 920. The HP Spectre 7 Envy's screen could be twisted by holding the screen on both end. The XPS thunderbolt port has 2 lanes. There is a blog which people chatted about reviewers like the xps but users don't. Very interesting.

 

Best,


Even if I don't have the wi-fi problem on my Yoga 920, when I'm at home I also use this below that I purchased on Amazon, it has a Realtek ethernet adapter connected to the USB-C port.

When I'm connected to the ethernet I disconnect the wi-fi,  it works great for me, plus I have a hub to plug in other USB 3.0 devices: 

 

Anker 3-Port USB-C to USB 3.0 Aluminum Portable Data Hub, with 10 Mpbs, 100 Mbps, 1000 Mbps, or 1 Gigabit Network Adapter with Ethernet Port, for PC, MacBook Pro 2016, ChromeBook, XPS and More..

 
 
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Message 20 of 65

Re: Yoga 920-13IKB, replacing Qualcomm Aetheros with Intel AC 8265 Wireless card or something better

Well,

. Installed the Intel 9260 AC Wireless card. The connecting speed is NOT what I expected. Don't know about stability. Removed.

. Installed the Intel 8265 AC Wireless card. Same result as with the 9260, but I left it in for a while to see its statility & its Bluetooth capability. The Qualcomm Atheros's Bluetooth disconnected the Logitech K830 BT keyboard rather offen. It maintained the Lenovo BT mouse good but often with erratic movements.

I'm rather disappointed with the result, except for gaining some new experience.

 

Note: The Qualcomm reached good connection after lower its 'roaming aggessiveness'. So, if the 8265 does not deliver, the Qualcomm will go return inside the 920 with its Pro & Con.Smiley LOL

 

 

 

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