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Mini-PCI wireless cards: compatibility with notebook

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Rocco, May 24, 2006.

  1. Rocco

    Rocco Guest

    Hi all,
    I'd like to add a Mini-PCI wireless 802.11b/g card to my Toshiba 2410-702
    laptop. For this pourpose it has a specific (empty) mini-PCI bay and a built
    in antenna (inside the display).
    May I choose any card of whatever manufacturer or there might be
    compatibility issues?
    Do they all fit?
    When the original option from Toshiba was available it was a 802.11b card.
    Can I install a 802.11g one?

    Thank in advance for all the replies

    Rocco, May 24, 2006
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    Mike S. Guest

    Have heard of some Thinkpad models that are BIOS-locked to specific WiFi
    cards, but never anything with Toshiba.
    They physically fit, but the lengths of the internal antenna cables may be
    an issue. I have a Tecra model that I fitted a ZCOM card into. One of the
    antenna cables was too short, and the card would receive but not transmit
    successfully. I ended up jury-rigging a tiny extension cable (not for the
    faint of heart; try soldering onto a U.Fl socket) and it works to this day.
    Yes. Just ignore (or uninstall) the drivers and client manager software
    that may be pre-installed, and add the appropriate ones for the "g" card.
    Mike S., May 24, 2006
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  3. Rocco

    Rocco Guest

    Thank you Mike!

    Rocco, May 24, 2006
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    dlenski Guest

    I also am interested in adding a mini-PCI 802.11g card to my laptop (HP
    ze1230). It only has *one* miniPCI bay, which is currently occupied by
    the PC Card slot (which is screwed down to the mainboard, it seems).
    However it has an empty 3.5" drive bay right next to it... is there any
    way to "split" a mini-PCI slot into two so that I can use the empty
    space to add a wireless card?


    Dan Lenski
    dlenski, May 24, 2006
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