X60 with sierra mc8781 3g card; compatibility issue??

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X60 with sierra mc8781 3g card; compatibility issue??

#1 Post by OMNIBUS » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:04 am

hallo, i have a X60 with mobile phone sim socket and i would improve my TP using it with a phone sim card like mc 8781 of sierra . i know that it allows me to use gps and voice.
my question is how can i do it?
i found on ebay mc8781 card but the sellers say that is not possible to use that card with a lenovo/ibm thinkpad...is it true? how i could use? what i have to see or ask before buying the card?
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Re: X60 with sierra mc8781 3g card; compatibility issue??

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:56 am

You will need a modified BIOS, that has all the whitelists removed.
Get it e.g. here: http://www.usenetddl.com/files.php?q=X6 ... TAV134+zip
Then you can put in any wifi or Sierra or Gobi or whatever card.
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Re: X60 with sierra mc8781 3g card; compatibility issue??

#3 Post by OMNIBUS » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:10 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:You will need a modified BIOS, that has all the whitelists removed.
Get it e.g. here: http://www.usenetddl.com/files.php?q=X6 ... TAV134+zip
Then you can put in any wifi or Sierra or Gobi or whatever card.
thankyou RBS!
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i've some new question more:
1)in the link that you wrote me, there are 4 file to download...which one i have to select?
2)i can choose every wifi card even if the seller writes that is not for lenovo/ibm? e.g. this one: http://www.ebay.it/itm/UNLOCKED-Sierra- ... 2488wt_877 ?
3) to use that card i have only to insert in the right slot and that's all? or i have to cover some pin as i red in some other thread?
thankyou so much..i'm not too much skillfull :oops:
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Re: X60 with sierra mc8781 3g card; compatibility issue??

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:58 am

1) It's the first file.
2) yes
3) Try first without. If it does not work, follow the instructions you found to cover a pin.
I have no experience with this at all.
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Re: X60 with sierra mc8781 3g card; compatibility issue??

#5 Post by EOMtp » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:24 pm

OMNIBUS wrote:... or i have to cover some pin ...?
You must cover Pin-20. Using the modified BIOS which eliminates the white-list simply bypasses the BIOS error at boot time, but as soon as that is done, the BIOS powers off the card via Pin-20, and thereafter the card is no longer "visible" to any operating system. By covering Pin-20 you inhibit the BIOS from powering off the card. Here is the location of Pin-20:
http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/ ... wifi-card/

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Re: X60 with sierra mc8781 3g card; compatibility issue??

#6 Post by Nprod » Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:18 pm

I bought the same MC8781 from that exact same eBay seller for my X61T and it works fine. I flashed Middleton BIOS though, there's no need to tape pin 20. Apparently these cards came from DELL machines, so when you boot to Windows, a DELL driver setup is going to pop up for the card. Just follow through the installation and everything will be OK.
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