06-11-2012 04:46 AM
In case it might help someone, seeing how ppl started replying to this thread i created quite a while ago:
The guys over at this forum was kind enough to help me out:
So have a look at that if you got the same model as me and the same situation as i was in. Remember that it carries a risk flashing BIOS, and you may end up bricking your computer. I can't be held responsible in any way so be sure to research properly before hand and do it at own risk
It worked perfectly for me though
06-15-2012 01:06 AM
Because I bought the laptop without there being any information about the restriction, and because I was explicitly told there wouldn't be a problem, Lenovo say they're replacing my 3G card with a Lenovo one.
More importantly, they're updating the website, tech specs and staff training to make sure future buyers know about the restriction before buying.
09-16-2012 01:29 PM
Found this 3 month old post while trying to solve my issues with a Gobi2000 3G card.
I removed this Gobi2000 3G card from my X100e and inserted it into my W520 and the same error message appears.
I bought the X100e used, could it be that the 3G card in it is a 3rd party as well? If that is so, is X100e is not 'whitelist choosy' as W520?
09-16-2012 02:34 PM
more often than not, card will be recognized based on two variables in card's eeprom memory - VID (vendor ID) and DeviceID. Instead of reflashing your BIOS, change 2 parameters to something that is whitelisted. You will need someone with whitelisted card to get exact numbers or google for information.
09-27-2013 11:03 AM
Post and reply split to new thread in proper forum (ThinkPad Edge & S)
06-06-2014 10:36 AM
Maybe Lenovo wants us to buy a new laptop that already has the latest & greatest 802.11ac network card. But given this issue with their "white list", would you buy a new Lenovo machine ? ? ? ? ?
I think not......
05-12-2017 09:00 PM
I just had this same "unauthorized" failure in my W540. What's next? Refusing to boot due to "unauthorized" memory? Hard disk? USB devices? Display?
I'v really liked ThinkPads for *years*, but this is the last one I'll buy. This behavior belongs on the junk heap.