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chewie1012

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Can I put a wife adapter in a lenovo thinkpad that is not same make and model that came with the computer?
The lenovo is a sl510
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Jerry
 

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Has the original internal wi-fi adapter gone bad?

If it has, the quickest and easiest option is to replace it with an external USB wi-fi adapter.

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Pages 74 - 75 of the hardware maintenance manual shows you how to replace the internal wi-fi adapter.

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chewie1012

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The original adapter has gone bad and we are using a usb adapter right now. I would like to replace the internal adapter and wonder if any will work. There are only two wires to attach it. I wonder if any will work as long as I have the drivers for it.
 

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I really don't know if a different brand/model can be used.

Someone who's knowledgeable in that area will need to advise you.

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Lenovo does sometimes lock their systems to use only approved Lenovo wireless cards, and I believe this system is no exception.

You have three options:
1) Buy a compatible Lenovo wireless card
2) Buy a USB wireless card
3) Flash a custom BIOS with the whitelist removed and use any physically compatible wireless adapter that you want.
 

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HI Rob,
thank you for your answer. I will call lenovo and see what card they require.
 

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Be quicker to open it up and have a look.
 
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