Ready, set, go! Atheros a/b/g/N in my T60p...Please help!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Crunch, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. Crunch

    Crunch Guest

    Alright, I did some research and here's the jist. Apparently, only CTO
    (Custom To Order) models get the add'l N wire. I opened mine up, and
    could find no cable near the card. At any rate, I am ready to do this
    now.

    Is it really true that the Atheros cards are simply "better", and have,
    perhaps, a wider range? I could use a slightly better range, N, or no N.
    I just installed the Atheros card, and it was quickly found by Vista,
    but silly me forgot to put the appropriate drivers there beforehand. So
    back in went the Intel 3945ABG.

    I'm going to download the x64 drivers for the Atheros a/b/g/n card now
    and re-attempt. It takes 5 minutes. All I have to do is remove the palm
    rest, fingerprint cable, as well as the keyboard, and detach its cable
    that connects it to the motherboard.

    Second question: As someone previously mentioned, I could possibly use
    a cable that doesn't necessitate going behind the screen, which was
    great news. There are TWO cables that connect the WWAN card to its
    antenna on the right side of the screen. I don't use it, as I said
    before, so would I be taking a risk other than that it would simply not
    work, by using one of the WWAN antennas coming from the WWAN antenna and
    put it where the "N antenna" goes?? Also, which of the two cable would I
    use (one is blue, one red), or does it even matter? Finally, is there
    any way that I can mess ANYTHING up by attempting this? Anything, such
    as shorting anything out?

    Thanks for any replies. I am so ready!!! lol...At least, so far I know
    that the card works, and later tonight, I'll reattempt just connecting
    the non-N cables to see if there is any improvement for G alone. I'd
    love to hear about my idea about using the one of the WWAN antennas as
    the N antenna, so to speak!???

    As much as I want to do this, under no circumstances do I want to take
    the risk of screwing up my Thinkpad in any way.

    Thanks all!!!!!!! :)


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    Crunch

    T60p, *15" UXGA* BOE-Hydis *AFFS IPS Flexview* LCD, *T7600* Core 2 Duo
    2.33GHz, ATI FireGL V5200 256MB, 400GB HDD (2x*200 Hitachi 7,200rpm
    w/FDE*), 4GB RAM, Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1!
     
    Crunch, Apr 6, 2008
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  2. People seem to prefer the Atheros card on the ThinkPad forums. They say
    that the Intel card drops connections sometimes, but have not experienced
    that. I have two X-series ThinkPads, one with an Intel card, and one with
    an Atheros card that I fitted myself. I had to use the no-1802 BIOS hack to
    use the non-IBM part.

    So, you do not have two connections on the Atheros card for both the fitted
    antennas? You should have to use both, and no need for you to use anything
    but the standard fitted screen antennas.

    You might want to check out the ThinkPad forums, where I also post.

    http://forum.thinkpads.com/

    ss.
     
    Synapse Syndrome, Apr 6, 2008
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  3. Crunch

    Crunch Guest

    Actually, the BIOS hack is NOT necessary. Both the Atheros a/b/g, as
    well as the Atheros a/b/g/n are on the BIOS Whitelist! Well, now I'm
    living proof. :D:D

    I just installed the Atheros card after getting the Vista x64 driver
    installed, and without attaching anything to the N part of it yet, and
    it is...GULP!!!!....BLAZINGLY FAST!! This thing beats the HELL out of
    the Intel 3945ABG card. And I'm only using it with 802.11g so far!!!!

    This is sick. My network says EXCELLENT now, instead going between
    Fair, Poor, etc. and..well, I'm just blown a-WAY!!

    Now to the N part LOL...as it IS the a/b/g/N card. The gray cable went
    to the right place, as did the black wire! The third (middle) cable is
    what I need now, and, well, an N-capable router!

    The WWAN card has one red, and one blue, so I don't know which to use
    there, and I should use WWAN at all.

    All I know is that thing is FLYING HIGH now. MUCH more range
    apparently, as the Intel card was also transmitting at tremendous speeds
    when I went closer to the router, but now, even in the room I'm in,
    which is about as far as I can physically be away from the router! What
    should I do to get wireless-N...


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    Crunch

    T60p, *15" UXGA* BOE-Hydis *AFFS IPS Flexview* LCD, *T7600* Core 2 Duo
    2.33GHz, ATI FireGL V5200 256MB, 400GB HDD (2x*200 Hitachi 7,200rpm
    w/FDE*), 4GB RAM, Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1!
     
    Crunch, Apr 6, 2008
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  4. Crunch

    Crunch Guest

    Update: There are THREE (as opposed to TWO on the Intel 3945ABG card)
    little connectors on top of the card.

    The left one says TR1, the middle one says R0, and the right one TR2.
    TR1 has the grey cable, and TR2 the black one, which is how it's
    supposed to be according to Lenovo online documentation. R0 wants a
    white cable on Thinkpads where the card and wireless-N is installed by
    default, per the same documentation. I don't have a white cable. The
    WWAN card has one blue, and one red cable. Obviously I can use only one
    or the other. Hmm...Any ideas??

    Thanks guys! :)


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    Crunch

    T60p, *15" UXGA* BOE-Hydis *AFFS IPS Flexview* LCD, *T7600* Core 2 Duo
    2.33GHz, ATI FireGL V5200 256MB, 400GB HDD (2x*200 Hitachi 7,200rpm
    w/FDE*), 4GB RAM, Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1!
     
    Crunch, Apr 7, 2008
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