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X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

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X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#1 Post by Edward Mendelson » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:10 pm

I'm getting ready to sell a maxed-out ThinkPad X201s which has an Intel 7260 wi-fi card (a replacement for the original Lenovo card) - and a modded BIOS that removes Lenovo's whitelist. The machine dual-boots Windows 7 (32-bit) and Windows 10 (64-bit).

As far as I can tell, there's no bluetooth available on either system. Fn+F5 brings up a menu with wifi but no bluetooth, and there's no sign of bluetooth in the Device Manager.

I seem to remember that this is normal when you swap the slow Lenovo card for an Intel card. If anyone knows any details, I'll be grateful to learn them.

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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:37 pm

I found this solution: (the very last post on page 2)
Last week I noticed that some people were able to use this card by insulating "Pin 51" which allowed the bluetooth to work.

Anyhow I decided to try it, and it works.

Pin 51 is the last contact on the far right of the strip when viewing the side of the card that contains the antenna connections.
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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#3 Post by Edward Mendelson » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:08 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:37 pm
Last week I noticed that some people were able to use this card by insulating "Pin 51" which allowed the bluetooth to work.

Anyhow I decided to try it, and it works.

Pin 51 is the last contact on the far right of the strip when viewing the side of the card that contains the antenna connections.
Well, that's certainly worth a try! Thank you! Now that you were generous enough to get into this thread, here's an ignorant question: How do I insulate that last pin on the right?

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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#4 Post by GrifterGuru » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:49 am

Kapton tape or some form of insulating tape.

Last time I did anyting like that, I used "Heat proof" tape as I have plenty lying around from making my personal design mugs and that worked perfectly fine ;)
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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#5 Post by Edward Mendelson » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:51 am

Thanks. Will try. Just wrap some tape carefully around the last pin?

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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#6 Post by Edward Mendelson » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:58 pm

I isolated pin 51 on a 7260 card in my X201s, and also in my X61s. No luck with either one, after installing bluetooth drivers, etc.

Both these machines came without the Lenovo bluetooth daughtercard in the lid, and I don't want to try installing one. Is there another wifi card that might work well in place of the 7260?

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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#7 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:13 pm

Both X201s (42T0969) and X61s (39T0497) have the (optional) bluetooth module mounted in the lid, along the bottom.
Have a look in their respective HMMs.
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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#8 Post by Edward Mendelson » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:17 pm

I was trying to avoid taking apart the lid, but this makes it sound easy enough, at least on the X61s:

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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#9 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:49 am

Try putting the card in the WWAN slot. The WLAN slot in some older models do not have USB signals wired in.
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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#10 Post by Edward Mendelson » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:12 am

I will try that - thank you.

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#11 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:34 am

AFAIK you won't have wifi in the WWAN slot!

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Re: X201s with Intel 7260 wifi - no bluetooth?

#12 Post by Edward Mendelson » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:37 am

And I think that's right! Thanks for the reminder...

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