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Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-03-29, 2:03 AM

I need help finding a replacement half mini PCI Express card.  My current card has gone bad (Unless it is the mother board). It is for a Thinkpad SL410, Windows 7 64. My current card is WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150. I do not need WiMAX.  I just need a connection to my router and on rare occasions to a wifi hotspot when I’m on the road. I have read the numerous compatibility issues with Lenovo and certain aftermarket cards.  Where can I buy a card that won’t give me the old 1802, and are there multiple options?  Is there is such a thing as a faster wireless connection?  I would be happy to order from Lenovo but I cannot find any place to do that.  Thanks.

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Re: Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-04-03, 5:12 AM

Hi Hamr Head,

 

Welcome to Lenovo Community!

 

I’m sorry to hear that you are facing the issue with Wifi card on your ThinkPad SL410.

 

As I understood that Wifi is not working properly on your system, and you are looking for the compatible Wifi card for the same. Below is the list of Wifi card which will support for ThinkPad SL410.

 

Intel WiFi Link 5100

Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150

ThinkPad 11b/g/n Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Express Adapter II

Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000

Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200

Intel Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250

Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate (BDC-2.1)

 

Please Click here to open the link where you can get technical assistance and sales contact details of your region.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Best regards,

Hemanth Kumar



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Re: Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-04-03, 5:43 AM

@HamRHead...

 

To expand a bit on Hemanth's response, I would recommend that you download your hardware manual:

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-73322 and look at manual pages 131 to 133. Item 21 is the list of WLAN parts that should be safe from the 1802 boot-time error. Look in the FRU no. column to see the part numbers. For example, your 5150WIMAX has an FRU P/N = 43Y6515. If you're interested in a non-WIMAX card, the 5100 (FRU P/N = 43Y6517) may be an option.

 

One place to procure known-safe parts would be from the Maintenance Parts site:

http://www-304.ibm.com/shop/americas/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/default/PromotionDisplay?promoName=parts_r&catalogId=-840&storeId=260785&langId=-1 where you can query availability and price using the FRU P/Ns from the manual.

 

Keep in mind that no matter where you source the card, it'll need to be a true FRU. It should have a sticker on it with the number. The same generic part that does not carry the FRU P/N won't have the appropriate device sub_id and will fail the 1802 test.

 

Hope this helps.


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Re: Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-04-03, 13:16 PM

Hemanth, Thank you for taking the time to help me. It is greatly appreciated.  Can you tell me if some of the cards would be faster than the 5150 that I currently have?  My wifi connection is pretty slow with this card and I have to plug into my router to download anything of size.

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Re: Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-04-03, 13:21 PM

Sarbin, Thank you so much for weighing in.  I had tried a used card from the the computer shop that I patronize.  They thought it should work, but alas--1802.  They likely did not understand the importance of the FRU P/N.  I appreciate your input very much.  I will post back with any success I encounter.

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Re: Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-04-03, 14:00 PM

Sarbin, Could you help me a bit more? I am looking at the manual. In the FRU (Overall) field what do the numbers following my laptop model mean--2842-CTO 35x, 36x, 37x, 39x, 3Bx, etcetera?  Do I ignore these numbers and just look for 43Y6517, for instance? Thanks.

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Re: Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-04-03, 16:43 PM

@HamRHead...

 

If you look on the bottom of your laptop, do you see a black and white sticker with your model and serial numbers, along with a build date? The 7-character sequence, like 2842-CTO, is known as your Machine Type-Model number. You may see it referred to as the MTM around here, sometimes. In the case of CTO, that means "Configured to Order". Other models, like 35x and 3Bx, are specifically configured sub-models. The "x" is a placeholder with "U" meaning "USA", for example.

 

So... post back with your specific MTM (please don't post your S/N), and we can go from there.

 

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Re: Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-04-03, 19:23 PM

TYPE 2842-CTO, Product ID 2842CTO The build date appears to be 09/11.

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Re: Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-04-03, 19:58 PM

OK, 2842-CTO is included in the model lists for each of the WLAN cards (item #21) in the HMM, so you should be safe from 1802 with any of them, as long as you obtain a true FRU part.

 

Now... which is your best choice for performance? I'll need to defer to others for that. I don't have any machines with those cards in them. You might wish to visit your driver matrix: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?&DocID=HT063325 to look over the available driver packages to see which appear most updated. That may not be indicative of the best, but it might provide another data point.

 

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Re: Where to get replacement half mini PCI Express card

2014-04-03, 20:07 PM

Thank you very much for your help.  I will post back and let you know how it all goes. 

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