Lenovo G560 does not start wireless afer wifi card upgrade / Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by c.senor, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. c.senor

    c.senor MDL Novice

    Jan 18, 2012
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    Hi,

    I have a Lenovo G560, and I dicovered and applied a bios mod to allow me to change my internal wifi adapter.
    I want to do this to be able to connect to my wireless router at higher speeds than the max 72Mbps the original card supports.

    I took out the half-mini pcie broadcomm and placed the new full mini pcie AzureWave ar5bxb72 (atheros 5008x) - I have 2 different slots for half and full mini pcie cards.

    All went well and my new card was recognized by windows 7 (x64 home premium).

    I installed a couple of drivers, but the problem is the same: it will not show me any wireless networks.

    It is enabled, device manager shows that is is working correctly.

    Windows 7 diagnose of the adapter tells me to press the HW switch on (says wireless radio is off). But I switch it on/off and it does not affect the new card, tried disabling/enabling in network settings. Also pressing fn+f5 only shows me the bluetooth radio now, wifi is not listed.

    Any thoughts will be appreciated.
     
  2. Paiva

    Paiva MDL Developer

    Apr 9, 2011
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    You uninstalled the old drivers before installing new ones?

    It could have been internal conflicts,

    Uninstall and reinstall the drivers, it might work;

    Are you sure that the new adapter was working fine? You bought new?
     
  3. c.senor

    c.senor MDL Novice

    Jan 18, 2012
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    It was not a new adapter, not sure if it worked fine...
    I have tried multiple uninstall, install, updates of the drivers I found (like 3 of them), same issue.

    I even uninstalled all antivirus/firewall.
     
  4. Paiva

    Paiva MDL Developer

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    Well if you installed the drivers correctly and the adapter is not broke,
    Should everything work properly
    Post a screenshot of your device manager please

    You seem new to MDL, welcome. :p
     
  5. c.senor

    c.senor MDL Novice

    Jan 18, 2012
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    I think I have figured something out, did some testing with old card and new card.

    The problem seems to be that out of the 2 pcie slots I have (one full size and one half-size), only the half size port is linked to the hardware switch.

    So I can only use wifi card on the pcie half size port. It's really weird because the new atheros is full size and I cannot put the screws in. There is space if I just leave it dangling there, but it does not seem right to leave it there, I am afraid of a short circuit.

    I just don't understand why the full size PCIE port is there for if I cannot use it with a wifi card, is it there for another purpose? can anything work there if there is no hardware switch for it? can I somehow override this limitation? Is it a bios block...

    Lots of questions, but I guess I cannot find the answer unless there is someone with specific lenovo hardware experience.

    Thanks for the welcome to the MDL forums. I found it by searching for a bios mod. And it worked (except for my full size pcie port not working as it should) :(
     
  6. c.senor

    c.senor MDL Novice

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    After some more google-ing I think I must tape pin 20 of the pcie wifi adapter for it to be always on. Will give it a try.