First time post, I'm wondering if any of you clued up Thinkpad guys can point me in the right direction.
Using iBoot/Multibeast/xMove I now have what appears to be a stable and reasonably functional install of OSX Lion on my T61. The last piece in the puzzle is to replace the Intel Wifi card with an Atheros based card.
I've read an alarming post that Lenovo block all non Lenovo cards in the BIOS is this the case?
Can anyone tell me which Lenovo card, or other I need to buy to get my wifi up and running.
Here is my personal method that I can recommend:1.
First of all, determine which exact product number
your ThinkPad has. This number consists of
- the machine type of your ThinkPad T61 and
- its model number.
"T61" is not enough information, each T61 has a specific machine type number of four digits/letters and a model number of three digits/letters which both combined give you the ThinkPad's product number, for instance "6458-BN2". Just have a look at a few users' signatures here and you'll find a number of examples for that.2.
With this exact machine type number, visit Lenovo's Product and Parts Website
which lists all components used in specific products. Choose your T61 in Lenovo's six steps to determine the product. You may omit the query for your Operating System which is not relevant for our usage case - just choose the second tab "Parts detail"
on the appearing webpage and click on "Networking"
. - This step will give you all different Wi-Fi cards that have been build into this specific product and should therefore be white-listed in your T61's BIOS.3.
Now choose the Atheros cards that are probably part of the list and - important!
- note down their "Marketing part number"
and their "Field Replaceable Unit part number"
With these two part numbers you just retrieved, go to eBay and search for either the "Marketing part number" or the "Field Replaceable Unit part number" with "include description" enabled.
This whole process should return a few results of Wi-Fi cards that are very likely to be white-listed in your T61's BIOS.
I personally would recommend to choose the Atheros A/B/G variant instead of the more advanced A/B/G/N version which in my experience is obviously quite a "heater", at least in my 12.1 inch ThinkPad X60 Tablet. It sure is possible that the bigger T61 is more effective when it comes to ventilation, but I have rather bad experiences with the A/B/G/N variant in that respect and will soon replace it with the simpler A/B/G card that Sebinouse
is using, too.
Good luck, hope this helps!