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Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#1 Post by khonghing » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:07 am

Hi!

I got a Thinkpad X60 (1706-C92) lying around in my drawer for quite sometime, as my secondary notebook.
There is a WWAN antenna available at the top right corner of the LCD display.
However, there isn't a SIM card reader available (SIM placeholder available on motherboard) besides the DIMM slots.
I also noticed that there are LED indicators for WiFi and Bluetooth, but no LED for WWAN.
In this case, can WWAN still be used in my laptop even I were to install a Lenovo approved WWAN card since the antenna is available?
I am currently residing in Singapore, with all GSM carriers around the island.

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:11 am

Welcome to the forum.
You can get replacement clearplates with WWAN on it, such as this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/310417192827
Either way, WWAN would work with proper WWAN/SIM cards.
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#3 Post by khonghing » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:24 am

Thanks for your reply.
Since it does not have the SIM card reader soldered on the motherboard, can it still work?

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:36 am

Check the SIM-card area, it may be a plug-in unit and not soldered.
WWAN should work with a WWAN card, just not the dialing part.

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#5 Post by khonghing » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:38 am

I don't think its a plug-in type, rather it has to be soldered.

This is exactly how the SIM area looked like, on my notebook
http://img5.ranchoweb.com/images/dublob ... ot5C27.jpg

Those with the SIM reader will look like this
http://www.technologyguide.com/wp-conte ... /23655.jpg

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#6 Post by ajkula66 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:47 pm

You should be able to buy a separate SIM card reader, I bought one for my Z61m but never installed it....so I can't say how easy or how difficult the procedure is
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#7 Post by jaspen-meyer » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:07 pm

You may want to check there is a slot for WWAN on the motherboard (beside wifi card) -- some x60 boards have one and some don't. There are 10 screws on the bottom marked with pictures of a keyboard or a 'hair brush'. All screws are the same size. Look up "X60 HMM pdf" -- there are detailed drawings in it (HMM = Hardware Maintaince Manual).
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#8 Post by khonghing » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:19 pm

Thanks for your reply.
I will open it up to take a look.

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#9 Post by shawross » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:24 am

I have a X61 with the WWAN sim holder but I always use a Mobile phone with WIFI hotspot activated. You will find a Laptop that was built around 2006 won't be as effective in its technology. WWAN is relatively power hungry also. Mobile technology has come a long way and it probably has gone past Laptop technology.IMO
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#10 Post by khonghing » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:02 pm

I opened it up to take a look at the mini-PCIe region and there isn't a WWAN slot available.
So i guess WWAN is definitely out the question.
The only thing i don't understand is the presence of the protruded WWAN antenna since WWAN isn't available on my particular unit... :?:

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 WWAN questions

#11 Post by jaspen-meyer » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:58 pm

khonghing wrote:I opened it up to take a look at the mini-PCIe region and there isn't a WWAN slot available.
So i guess WWAN is definitely out the question.
The only thing i don't understand is the presence of the protruded WWAN antenna since WWAN isn't available on my particular unit... :?:
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