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MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#1 Post by dennis714 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:34 pm

Got T42, but without any minipci installed. I didn't disassemble it yet, so just want to ask: can I buy any non-IBM certified WiFI minipci card? Are antennas already inside or I need them to and install it?

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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#2 Post by sjthinkpader » Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:23 pm

Most T4x has antennae installed already. You can check your Type and Model number on lenovo.com and tell if your machine is upgradeable.
T60p 2623-DDU/UXGA IPS/ATI V5200
T60 2623-DCU/SXGA+ IPS/ATI X1400
T43p 2668-H8U/UXGA IPS/ATI V3200
R50p 1832-NU1/UXGA IPS/ATI FireGL T2
X61t 7762-B6U dual touch IPS/64GB SSD
X32 2673-BU6/32GB SSD
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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#3 Post by rkawakami » Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:15 pm

Welcome to thinkpads.com!

Specifically, you can go to this page: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... OME-LENOVO

and enter your seven character TYPE (e.g., 2373-4NU) in the "Enter a product number" field. You will then get back something like this:
Product: ThinkPad T41 2373-4NU
Operating system: All

Original description: P M 1.6GHz, 256MB RAM, 40GB 5400rpm HDD, 14.1 XGA(1024X768) TFT LCD, 32MB ATI Radeon 7500, Open bay, Wireless upgradeable, Modem(CDC), 1Gb Ethernet(LOM), UltraNav, Secure Chip(TCPA), 6 cell Li-Ion battery, WinXP Pro
"Wireless upgradeable" means that the antennas are in the lid but the MiniPCI slot under the keyboard is empty. If you do not already have the T4x Hardware Maintenance Manual, then you can get a copy from here:

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-46464
Ray Kawakami
X22 X24 X31 X41 X41T X60 X60s X61 X61s X200 X200s X300 X301 Z60m Z61t Z61p 560 560Z 600 600E 600X T21 T22 T23 T41 T60p T410 T420 T520 W500 W520 R50 A21p A22p A31 A31p
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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#4 Post by sktn77a » Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:23 am

dennis714 wrote: I didn't disassemble it yet, so just want to ask: can I buy any non-IBM certified WiFI minipci card?
Yes, but you'll need to do the "1802" BIOS hack.
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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#5 Post by ajkula66 » Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:44 am

And at today's low prices of genuine IBM cards, why bother with anything else?
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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#6 Post by sjthinkpader » Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:17 am

Unless you want the 11n cards.
T60p 2623-DDU/UXGA IPS/ATI V5200
T60 2623-DCU/SXGA+ IPS/ATI X1400
T43p 2668-H8U/UXGA IPS/ATI V3200
R50p 1832-NU1/UXGA IPS/ATI FireGL T2
X61t 7762-B6U dual touch IPS/64GB SSD
X32 2673-BU6/32GB SSD
755CDV 9545-GBK Transmissive Projection LCD

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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#7 Post by TTav134 » Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:52 am

dennis714 wrote:Got T42, but without any minipci installed. I didn't disassemble it yet, so just want to ask: can I buy any non-IBM certified WiFI minipci card? Are antennas already inside or I need them to and install it?
hello,

you can use my bios with include also a slic 2.1 for windows 7 activation.

MOD BIOS 1RETDRWW (3.23) with SLIC 2.1 (LENOVOTP-7U) including also NO-1802 mod.

This release supports the following systems:
- ThinkPad R50, R50p
- ThinkPad R51 (M/T 1829, 1830, 1831 and 1836)(*1)
- ThinkPad T40, T40p, T41, T41p, T42, T42p

File Name: T42-SLIC2.1_7U_no_1802.rar
download link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/j2ekci

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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#8 Post by Power_Dr » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:19 pm

Do they make a miniPCI "N" adaptor for the T42?

Thanks

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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#9 Post by Peak2Peak » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:55 pm

Power_Dr wrote:Do they make a miniPCI "N" adaptor for the T42?
If you can get around the BIOS whitelist, check out cards at OxfordTec - :)
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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#10 Post by sjthinkpader » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:36 pm

I am using a TP-Link Atheros AR5008 card in my T42p.
T60p 2623-DDU/UXGA IPS/ATI V5200
T60 2623-DCU/SXGA+ IPS/ATI X1400
T43p 2668-H8U/UXGA IPS/ATI V3200
R50p 1832-NU1/UXGA IPS/ATI FireGL T2
X61t 7762-B6U dual touch IPS/64GB SSD
X32 2673-BU6/32GB SSD
755CDV 9545-GBK Transmissive Projection LCD

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Re: MiniPCI WiFi card for T42

#11 Post by moriel5 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:54 pm

Hi, does anyone still have a copy of the T42's modded BIOS?
Update: No matter, I managed to download it by accessing an archived version of the SendSpace link (WayBack Machine is certainly awesome).

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