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Old 10-19-2019, 08:54 AM   #1
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Upgrading the wireless card on a Panasonic Toughbook series laptop


Hello all,

I have two older version Panasonic Toughbook laptops with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. One of them is a Make1 and the other is Make2. The Make1 came with an Intel 4965G wireless card and I want to upgrade it to a Wireless-N card. I installed an Intel Wifi 5100 Wireless-N card but it didn't pick it up, that is, even though the wireless switch was on and I was able to see the new wireless card in the Device manager, I got the message that the wireless is turned off.

I was wondering if I install an Intel 4965GN wireless-N card, would it work? Anyone had any experience with it? The best thing to do is to try of course, but I was wondering if anyone ever tried it..
 
Old 10-21-2019, 12:02 AM   #2
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From what I've read online many vendors whitelist specific wireless nIC hardware in their BUIOS which means you may be restricted in what you can do here. For example...

https://goughlui.com/2014/08/02/lapt...ade-nightmare/
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/bios-whitelist

Maybe if you provide specific model numbers others may be able to reply more meaningfully.
 
Old 10-21-2019, 01:21 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. It is a Panasonic Toughbook CF-52. I wasn't able to upload an image of it.
 
Old 10-21-2019, 03:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for disclosing the model. There are variations to this model that may also be relevant here. The image is unnecessary anyway. Anyway, here's an old thread I found involving a discussion around whitelisting hardware with this model
http://forum.notebookreview.com/thre...telist.703862/
Not sure how successful those that posted were with changing the wifi card though.

If I were in this position, I think I'd settle for using a modern USB wifi device instead.
 
  


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