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W530 half mini PCI Express card upgrade

2015-07-04, 21:28 PM

To take advange of dual band router, can I upgatde PCI mini express card with dual band options? The one I have is:

1x1 11b/g/n wireless LAN PCI Express Half mini card.

Is this Intel working for W530? anyone have tried before?

 

http://ark.intel.com/products/75439/Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7260

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Re: W530 half mini PCI Express card upgrade

2015-07-05, 1:24 AM

Hello and welcome,

 

I don't think you're going to be able to use that card.  Lenovo laptops - and IBM before them - use a BIOS whitelist for wifi cards. If a card isn't in the list, the laptop won't boot.

 

A card has to be both a whitelisted model and have a Lenov FRU number.  A generic Intel card won't work unless it has been modified (subsystem ID, IIRC) to have an FRU number.

 

The W530 FRU List will show you the whitelisted cards.  It appears that some of them are dual-band.  You'll need to Google the FRU numbers to find sources and verify the specifications.

 

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Re: W530 half mini PCI Express card upgrade

2015-07-05, 14:48 PM

Thank you, that's the information I am looking for.

I have 60Y3247 (FRU) in this W530, if I choose 60Y3233(from the whitelist), how could I install the right driver? The system will find it and install automatically?

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Re: W530 half mini PCI Express card upgrade

2015-07-05, 23:34 PM

The Google says that FRU is an Intel 6300.  It's supported by the non-WIMAX intel driver for your laptop.

 

You can either go here, select "Networking:  Wireless LAN" in the Component drop-down and then select the non-WIMAX Intel driver that matches your operating system, or you can run ThinkVantage System Update from a wired connection and let it install the appropriate driver.

 

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Re: W530 half mini PCI Express card upgrade

2015-07-11, 10:55 AM

It works the upgrade bring up the speed about 4x to the standard one used in W530. Thanks!

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