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  1. chewie1012

    chewie1012 Thread Starter

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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
    Thank You,
    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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  3. chewie1012

    chewie1012 Thread Starter

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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.
     
  6. chewie1012

    chewie1012 Thread Starter

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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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