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schlk21
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Upgrading networking card

Currently my T61 has an Intel 3945ABG. I went ahead and bought a 4965AGN and installed it. I cannot boot because it is "unauthorized"

 

Did I get the wrong card? Can I make this work?

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Re: Upgrading networking card

There is a whitelist in BIOS and if the adapter is not listed you get this error. I'm not sure exactly what is checked to see if the WLAN adapter is authorized or not, but a 4965AGN from Lenovo and a third party vendor have some kind of ID that is different that will make the one from Lenovo work and the other not on a Thinkpad.

 

I would recommend that you buy a new wlan adapter from Lenovo instead of a third party vendor. Then you won't have this problem. I'm not sure if the 4965AGN is available anymore since it's pretty old, but i'm sure some of the newer Intel WLAN adapters will work fine with the T61 if bought from Lenovo. You could check to make sure it's supported on the T61 before you buy it from Lenovo if you decide to do so. You can find more info about this issue if you google for terms like "thinkpad, 1802, unauthorized, bios, whitelist",

 

I have seen some hacks to get around this problem, but i wouldn't recommend to do that since it will break your computer if you do it wrong. That could be a lot more expensive than buying the WLAN adapter from Lenovo.

 

-gan

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Message 3 of 10

Re: Upgrading networking card

T61 can support both of these wireless cards that you mentioned. The 4965AGN that you got, must be from a non-Lenovo compatible machine. The only way to overcome this is a bios hack. You can have a look at the www.thinkwiki.org about the instruction. 

 

The Intel 5100 and 5300 wireless card doesn't work on the T61. 

Regards,

Jin Li

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I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
schlk21
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Re: Upgrading networking card

Yea, not gonna get into the BIOS

 

I can't find the 4965AGN on Lenovo's site, now what?

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Re: Upgrading networking card

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-70504

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Jin Li

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schlk21
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Re: Upgrading networking card

What is the link for?

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schlk21
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Re: Upgrading networking card

Oh, I didn't need the driver, just yet. I can't find the card to buy on the website

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Re: Upgrading networking card

 


@schlk21 wrote:

Oh, I didn't need the driver, just yet. I can't find the card to buy on the website


 

Oh i see you want the wireless card.

 

Try marketplace on forum.thinkpads.com or ebay, if all else fails try IBM parts. 

Regards,

Jin Li

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schlk21
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Re: Upgrading networking card

OK, so I returned the card and bought one for a ThinkPad. Computer boots up fine, everything seems good.

 

Except I'm having some issues, when I am saturating my connection, the card goes offline for a few seconds. I loose internet, sometimes I have to restart the wifi in order to get it back.

 

I have the latest drivers, did I get ripped?

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Re: Upgrading networking card

 


@schlk21 wrote:

OK, so I returned the card and bought one for a ThinkPad. Computer boots up fine, everything seems good.

 

Except I'm having some issues, when I am saturating my connection, the card goes offline for a few seconds. I loose internet, sometimes I have to restart the wifi in order to get it back.

 

I have the latest drivers, did I get ripped?


This could either be a software problem or a hardware problem with the card, but unless you have another replacement card to test it out, it would be quite difficult to determine which is which. 

 

Regards,

Jin Li

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