05-11-2010 01:09 AM
I recently purchased a Lenovo w510 without a integrated broadband modem. (Gobi 2000 - Mini PCI express card)
I notice that the slot for a simcard is present in the laptop, and am now wondering what it would take for me to install this product myself.
Has anyone had any experience/success with this?
The product description is here:
So it's a Mini PCI express that we're dealing with.
The basic installation method is here:
(also I've just noticed that the procedure is well documented in the user manual):
But I'm wondering if anyone else has made this upgrade post-sale and had success/challenges.
05-11-2010 02:42 AM
I think you can, provided that you obtain a Gobi 2000 card with Lenovo FRU. A generic Gobi 2000 card or a Gobi 2000 card from another vendor will not work in your W510 without BIOS modding.
05-11-2010 05:24 PM - edited 05-11-2010 05:26 PM
I've looked into this and for people who are wondering, the FRU number is 78Y1399.
It can be purchased from the Lenovo store here. (It's currently selling for $219 - a bit pricey compared to the $137AU if it had been included in original customisation build).
Anyway, I'll have a think about the priority of this expense and if I go ahead I'll advise on results/issues etc.
S b k.