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jesperperl
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Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

I accidentally ordered my W540 with the 7260-N single band wireless card instead of the 7260-AC dual band card. 

 

Can I just purchase any OEM Intel 7260-AC card or does it have to be a Lenovo branded 7260-AC card?  

 

If the latter - does anybody know what the partnumber for the 7260-AC card for a W540 is?  And how to order it?

 

Thanks in advance for any help or pointers.

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Re: Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

Hi,

 

Hopefully this will get you started.

 

The part numbers and FRU numbers are listed in the W540 parts list.

 

Here's a thread that lists that info:  https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/Can-anyone-tell-me-the-ThinkPad-T540-WiFi-...

 

Price and availability will probably be challenging.   Yes, the card does have to be Lenovo-branded (have a Lenovo FRU number) to get past the BIOS whitelist.  An OEM/generic Intel card will not pass.

 

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Re: Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

Thanks!

 

I at least now have the proper FRU PN 04W3844, but you are correct in the challenge trying to find it available for purchase anywhere.  I have tried several Lenovo tech support and parts related phone numbers, but to no avail.

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Re: Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

About a month ago I got a price for the Lenovo AC wifi card by calliing the Lenovo Repair number and they gave me this number.    800-388-7080. The card was available for order but around $110...OUCH. I wanted to upgrade my W530 to AC Wifi but the part number is not on the W530 FRU list. I could not find anyone at Lenovo support who could tell me if it would work in a W530 even though the tech repair people say lots of the W540 parts are common to W530.  I did try an Intel card that had a different FRU # but that gave me the good old BIOS not the right card message this week. Lenovo makes this too dam hard!

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Re: Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

Lenovo makes this too dam hard!

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So true!   Little wonder why we have moved to M4800's for our workstations.

 

PM me and I'll send you the link for the BIOS hack to run the new 7260-AC cards on 2/4/520 and 2/4/530 machines.


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Re: Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

Can you post the link to the modified BIOS? I am sure I am not the only person who is  considering the change.

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Re: Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

JDANTE99, thanks for the information. And yes, OUCH is right! I think when ordering the W540 there's only a $30 difference between the 2 wireless card options. It wouldn't solve your situation, but I sure wish I hadn't picked the wrong one...

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Re: Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

I took the easy way out for now. I bought a D-link DWA-182 AC WIFI USB adapter for about $45 from Amazon. Gets 650-850Mbs rates on 5G band at 20-25 feet from my D-Link AC1200 router (868L). Not as convenient as internal AC  card but it does the job.

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Re: Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

Hi zoltan,

 

I am in Australia, I have a Lenovo W530 with wifi: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 card.

 

I am thinking to upgrade to AC card listed in W540 parts with FRU number 04X6007:

===

04X6007 1 Intel Wilkins Peak 2 7260 2*2 11ac+BT4.0 M.2 Card Wake

===

 

I am not sure if this works as FRU number 04X6007 is of W540 and may not be in my W530 white list.

 

Please advise.

 

Thanks.

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Re: Intel 7260-AC wireless card for W540

Hi hau_nguyen ,

 

This is a little OT for this thread, but ...

 

You can find the whitelisted FRU numbers for you laptop in the parts list on page 1:  http://download.lenovo.com/parts/ThinkPad/w530_fru_list_20131007.pdf

 

I don't see that 7260 listed.

 

Z.


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