11-24-2012 12:32 PM
I have an X60 (1706) that is pretty darn old and has worked great for years. I believe the micro wireless switch has failed on it. Mechanically, it works but I assume it has failed electronically. I have been having issues on and off (no pun intended) with it for a couple of months. I took the laptop apart and it appears that the switch needs replacing. In Linux live CD boot, it says the wireless switch is off.
I assume the part is not an FRU. Is that correct?
A replacement motherboard is the only thing?
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11-24-2012 02:44 PM
NEW IBM Thinkpad X61 X61S X60/s Wireless switch button suggests it's a separate part.
Have you considered simply soldering a shunt across the switch so that wireless is permanently enabled?
11-24-2012 05:04 PM
11-24-2012 06:55 PM - edited 11-25-2012 05:57 AM
OK, but you could still solder a shunt (or even just wrap a few strands of fine wire) across the switch. I can't recall the last time I actually had the need to turn the WiFi/BT radios off using the mechanical switch. Besides there's always Fn-F5.
It's also possible that the reason why the switch works intermittently is because the plastic button is broken. If that's the case then the eBay solution would address that.
11-25-2012 12:09 PM