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jdeb
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X60 Micro Wireless Switch

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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Re: X60 Micro Wireless Switch

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?

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Re: X60 Micro Wireless Switch

@hausman, that is just the plastic switch part. The actual electronics for the switch is soldered to the motherboard, and it is not considered as a FRU.
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Re: X60 Micro Wireless Switch

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.

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jdeb
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Re: X60 Micro Wireless Switch

Thanks for the responses.

No, the mechanical aspect of the switch is fine. I inspected that when I took the top cover off, it clearly exposes the mechanical nature of the plastic slider with the electronic switch. I was willing to buy an FRU if available because I don't like band-aids.

FN/F5 does not work either. It used to. I will just buy a USB wireless until I order a new X120e Intel or X230. I may look at the lease turn ins, I could get an X200.

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