I want to replace the mini PCI card in my laptop with one of your cards. Will it work?
First and foremost, the miniPCI cards we sell are OEM cards, designed to be put into embedded systems. If you purchase and install one of our miniPCI cards into a laptop system you do so at your own risk. We do have several drivers for Windows, Linux, etc. and we have sold many cards to individuals who wish to utilize these cards in non-OEM situations. So it *should* work for you, but you should thoroughly read and understand the FAQ information that follows.
Now to answer the real question: There are lots of factors. It is difficult to predict what will happen with a particular card in a particular laptop because there is no control over several things:
- Length/location of the antenna leads attached inside the laptop
- size of the opening inside the case (there are two sizes of miniPCI cards)
- spurious emissions inside the laptop that can affect the wireless card performance (or even cause it to not function
- skill level of the person installing the card/pigtails/drivers.
- some laptop vendors change the insides of the laptop without changing the model number.
- RF-KILL switches that many Japanese laptop vendors are required to install which must be disabled/enabled in BIOS.
Some of these items are addressed below. The real answer to will it work? is it depends.
It depends on:
Are you handy at installing hardware? Here is a visual tutorial for installing a miniPCI card in a Dell,
or here for real pictures while installing in a Compaq.
Does your laptop support Type IIIa or Type IIIb mini PCI cards? Your spec sheet for your laptop should mention the type of miniPCI slot you have.
- Type IIIa: 2511 MP PLUS, 5354 MP PLUS ARIES2 4G, DCMA-82 / CM-11HP miniPCI cards,
- Type IIIb: 5004 MP ARIES 4G / CM9, EMP-8601, EMP-8602, WLM54G miniPCI cards.
The difference between Type IIIA and IIIB cards is: Type IIIA is slightly larger than Type IIIB, so any Type IIIB card should bit into a Type IIIA slot. Here are the dimensions:
Type IIIA is 50.8 x 59.6 x 4.9mm
Type IIIB is 44.45 x 59.6 x 4.9 mm
Does your laptop already have antennas/antennas leads embedded in the system?(most new laptops do.)
If you do not have at least one cable with a U.FL connector hanging out in your mini PCI slot, or if you cannot find a U.FL connector to the internal antenna on the motherboard near the miniPCI slot, then you CANNOT use a wireless mini PCI card. There are no aftermarket antennas that we are aware of. We do have a 2 inch U.FL to U.FL jumper cable if you can identify the motherboard connector for your antenna lead. New Rumor has it the Dell Spares department carries a jumper cable. Ask for part # 37THY.
Here is a list of laptops that should be compatible with our mini PCI cards. THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOUR ANTENNA LEADS WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO REACH THE CONNECTORS WITHOUT SOME LAPTOP SURGERY. This list is NOT comprehensive and does NOT constitute a guarantee.
Compaq Evo N410c, N600c, N610c, N800c, N800v, N1000c, N1000v, and N1015v
Dell Inspiron 4100, 4150, 5100, 8200, 8500, 8600, and Latitudes X200, C400, C510, C610, C640, C840
Gateway 600YR 200stm solo 9550 5350 400SD4 solo 1450
Fujitsu Lifebook C (2010, 2111), E (E7010, E7110), S (S6110), and B (2610) series, P2000, and P1000
Hewlett Packard Omnibooks VT6200, XT6200, X1015US, and 510
IBM Thinkpad (models that support "open" Type-III mini-pci slots) Note: this does not include the A30, A31, G40, R32, R40, R50, R51, T30, T40, T41, X30, X31, X40. (see further questions below).
Sony Vaio GRS100 Series, NV200 Series, SRX99 Series, VX89 Series, and R505
Toshiba Satellite 1800, 1905, 1955, 5105, 5205 Series, Satellite Pro 4600, Satellite Pro 6100 Series, Protege 2000, 4010, Tecra 9000, 9100, and the TE2100