New w530. Upgrades?

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New w530. Upgrades?

#1 Post by James2406 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:24 am

i7-3740qm
k2000m
12gb ram
Samsung evo 850 500bg ssd.
1x1 11b/g/n Wireless LAN PCI Express Half Mini Card Adapter

No bluetooth or fingerprint reader but I may order them.
I paid $366 for it looks in good shape the inside is nice too no replaced parts.
What can I do with the express card slot? external gpu maybe? New to this.

I priced the i7XM and yeah idk if I can afford that but what about the wifi card can I upgrade it? What else would you recommend to a new w530 owner. I had a w510 i7-820qm fx880m but my cat spilled a bottle of beer on it. Ripped it apart asap think I saved everything but the mb is probably done. Haven't re-assembled it yet and it gave me an excuse to get a newer thinkpad.

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Re: New w530. Upgrades?

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:04 am

If you want another wifi-card, you'll probably need to mod your BIOS with an SPI programmer to remove the wifi-Whitelist.
See here: https://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread- ... 1#pid74571
Read more in that thread to get an idea of what else is required.
And this: https://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread- ... st-removal

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Re: New w530. Upgrades?

#3 Post by James2406 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:49 am

Well I did have an recommended BIOS update in fear of bricking this new PC I skipped it. In the BIOS it says "UEFI BIOS VERSION 2.54" but the Bios version in the update is 2.66.1.13 Should I do it? Why is this such a issue?

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Re: New w530. Upgrades?

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:42 am

It's the UEFI BIOS that makes life miserable for all of us since Tx30/Wx30/Xx30.
Either get a Lenovo-approved wifi-card from the W530_fru_bom list (P/N or FRU 60Y3233, Intel 6300 WLAN, recommended)
or go thru the SPI-programmer hassle if you want something else.

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Re: New w530. Upgrades?

#5 Post by Tim-ANC » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:59 am

James2406 wrote: my cat spilled a bottle of beer on it. Ripped it apart asap
Great, one less cat in the world :thumbs-UP:
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Re: New w530. Upgrades?

#6 Post by Farro » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:35 am

@tim
funny !!! :)

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Re: New w530. Upgrades?

#7 Post by Tim-ANC » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:35 am

Farro wrote:@tim
funny !!! :)
I couldn't resist. Read through that twice before I understood he meant taking his computer apart. Not sure I believe it was his cat that did the beer spilling, but understand why it should be blamed nevertheless.
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