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After an hour on the phone with lenovo trying to find an alternative to hacking my laptop and voiding warranty i found the only solution.

Im sure most of you have already been successful with hacking but I for one am not ready to risk it just yet.

The alternatives are finding approved wireless cards within the lenovo manual here : http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/ideapad_y400y500_hmm_1st_edition_sep_2012_english.pdf

on page 79 I managed to find only 2 network cards that will work with dual band routers.

WLAN, WiFi 2x2 ABGN+BT4.0 Cbt BCM943228HMB Broadcomm ac but as far as I know its only 300mb

2x2ABGN+BT4.0 HMC

item number: 20200221

priced at $54 dollars USD

and

WLAN, WiFi 2x2 ABGN+BT4.0 Liteon WB222 not much information can be found for this

2x2ABGN+BT4.0 HMC

item number:20200225

priced at $34 USD.

on top of that it is at least 10-16 dollars shipping depending on how fast you want it.

I was hesitant to purchase them as I have already ordered an intel 7260 ac but had the stupid error network card not compatible.

However, I managed to claim to Lenovo that my card was not working and the woman on the phone said that since my computer was under warranty they could send me one of the 2 cards instead of the piece of crap that it came with,

I will update if it goes through.

But for now I will continue to research an alternative to hacking the bios, I don't like the risk of a $2k paper weight

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Thank you so much for that information.

I wish I saw this about an hour ago, when I was looking for the list of the "approved" cards...

I just spent about 45 minutes trying to get that information, first talking to the tech-support, who transferred me to sales, who transferred me back to tech support.

And tech support was saying that they only have single-band cards that only operate in 2.4Ghz spectrum...

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Which department were you speaking with when they offered to send you one under warranty? Just wondering if it was general tech support or the parts folks...

Also, if you happen to get the Broadcom chip, it would be interesting to see the hardware ID once installed, since they are pretty easy to come across in the aftermarket, just not sure if any old card with that chip would be properly whitelisted. On the other hand, I haven't seen the Lite-On anywhere but Lenovo's own manuals.

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I will be quite interested to know if this works out. Curious, though: Did they actually confirm that these are available to order? When I spoke to a product manager on the phone, he looked up every dual band FRU in the manual and found that none of them were actually available for order. Like you, I'd prefer an alternative that doesn't require voiding my warranty, but this avenue has been fruitless for all. Good luck!

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Do you have similar list but for ideapad y510p?

Thanks in forward

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I never considered this option when I bought the Intel 7260 wlan card last week. Of course I didn't also know there was a whitelist. I will try this tomorrow. If I don't get a desired result, I will follow the bios mod guide for the Y580. I did get one refurbished, but I still have warranty until October.

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Did anyone try out one of those two already? Any ideas if the connection issues might get better by replacing the Centrino?

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on top of that it is at least 10-16 dollars shipping depending on how fast you want it.

I have a Y580. I have the same issue as you. I don't want to brick my laptop. Are you saying that even under warranty, they are charging shipping to send you one of these two wlan? I used to work for Apple, and so I know we had shipping too. I was a senior advisor however, and could opt to not charge for shipping, especially on in warranty replacements.

But $10 for see you next week shipping or $16 for tomorrow shipping?

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I got a AC7260 but i'm trying to figure out how to deal with the Bios thing. Tsc, im very disappointed with Lenovo. Spent a lot of money on a Offline gaming laptop.

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Ok I just found the parts list for the Lenovo Y510P and I believe the 410 wireless cards. These seem to be the approved wireless cards. They are under the hardware and maintenance manuals on the Lenovo website.

Laptops and netbooks :: IdeaPad Y Series laptops :: IdeaPad Y510p Notebook - Lenovo Support (US)

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12 WLAN, WiFi 1x1 BGN, Cbt BCM94313HMG 1x1BGN HMC----20200102 (FRU#)

12 WLAN, WiFi 1x1 BGN, Liteon HB125 1x1BGN HMC 20200223 (FRU#)

12 WLAN, WiFi AC+BT4.0, Ltn BCM4352+20702---2x2AC+BT4.0 HMC(Y410p)---20200381 (FRU#)

12 WLAN, WiFi 2x2 ABGN+BT4.0, Cbt BCM943228HMB 2x2ABGN+BT4.0 HMC(Y410p)---20200221 (FRU#)

12 WLAN, WiFi 2x2 ABGN+BT4.0, Liteon WB222 2x2ABGN+BT4.0 HMC(Y410p)---20200225 (FRU#)

12 WLAN, WiFi 1x1 BGN+BT4.0, Cbt BCM943142HM 1x1BGN+BT4.0 HMC---20200222 (FRU#)

12 WLAN, WiFi 1x1 BGN+BT4.0, Liteon WB225---1x1BGN+BT4.0 HMC---20200224 (FRU#)

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Yeah I didn't see this but I think I'd still go with the 7260 that I bought for just $30. I probably would just want the mod anyways. Thanks though.

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Hey Im a bit of a noob when it comes to cards. I was wondering if you could tell me my best option out of the available cards you have listed would be. I want something that could handle 5ghz as well as 2.4. As far as im concerned nothing can suck as much as the intel 2230. I am entirely comfortable with the physical process of changing parts, but i don't want to risk a bricking. Are any of the cards on the white list going to be a major improvement or should i just wait, till out of warranty and mod the bios.

Thanks in advance

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I had no problem with the bios mod, it should verify that it flashed correctly, so you will know if there is an issue. There is also wincrisis, https://www.bios-mods.com/bios-recovery/phoenix-bios-recovery/

You download that, use it to make a USB, and then hold fn+R, fn+B, win+R, or win+B. I've seen fn+R specifically for lenovos, but this triggers a pre-bios recovery, and will recover your system

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Awesome man thanks.. Ill try it then.. Only problem now is i cant seem to download the stuff.. TechInferno still wont let me download even after fulfilling the new member requirements.

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Awesome man thanks.. Ill try it then.. Only problem now is i cant seem to download the stuff.. TechInferno still wont let me download even after fulfilling the new member requirements.

Need minimum 5 posts.

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So I am wondering what they sent you back, its a shame if its the same, but if not please share more info, how it works, make and model 

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