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PCI Express Mini Card removal and installation (LAN) - ThinkPad X60 Tablet, X61 Tablet

Your computer has either one or two PCI Express Mini Card slots. For models with a wireless WAN feature, the right slot holds a user-replaceable wireless WAN card secured with screws, while the left slot holds a user-replaceable wireless LAN card. For models without a wireless WAN feature, the single PCI Express Mini Card slot holds one of two different user-replaceable wireless LAN cards. If your computer comes with a Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) feature, the PCI Express Mini Card will have three connectors, otherwise it will have two connectors. To replace the wireless LAN card, follow the procedure below.

DANGER
During electrical storms, do not connect the cable to or disconnect it from the telephone outlet on the wall.

DANGER
Electric current from power, telephone, and communication cables is hazardous. To avoid shock hazard, disconnect the cables before opening the cover of this slot.

Notes:

  • Use the PCI Express Mini Card provided by Lenovo.
  • If your computer is a wireless upgradeable model, you can install a wireless PCI Express Mini Card, available as an option.
  • Before you start installing a module, touch a metal table or a grounded metal object. This action reduces any static electricity from your body. The static electricity could damage the PCI Express Mini Card.
Replacing the PCI Express Mini Card
To replace the PCI Express Mini Card with two connectors, do as follows:
  1. Turn off the computer; then disconnect the ac adapter and all cables from the computer. Wait for a few minutes, till the inside of the computer cools, before you start the following procedures.
  2. Close the computer display, and turn the computer over.
  3. Remove the battery.
  4. Remove the Tablet Digitizer Pen.
  5. Remove the keyboard.
  6. Remove the palm rest.
  7. If a tool for removing connectors is included in the package with the new card, use it to disconnect the cables from the card (1). If no such tool is included, disconnect the cables from the card (1) by picking up the connectors with your fingers and gently unplugging them. Then peel off the antenna if it is present.
    Remove connectors from card
  8. Remove the screws (1). The card pops up (2). Remove the card.
    Remove the screws
    Note: If there is a spacer under the screw, remove it before installing a new card.
  9. Align the contact edge of the new Wireless WAN Card with the corresponding socket contact of the computer.
  10. Pivot the card until you can snap it into place by pressing the upper side of the connectors; then secure the card with the two screws. Reattach the antenna if it is present, and connect the cables to the new card.
  11. Connect the cables to the new PCI Express Mini Card.
    Note: If the new PCI Express Mini Card has three connectors, as in the next drawing, you must attach the cables to the right and left connectors. If you attach either cable to the center connector, the connection speed will be lower.
    Connect the cables
  12. Reinstall the palm rest.
  13. Store the Tablet Digitizer Pen back in its slot.
  14. Reinstall the keyboard.
  15. Reinstall the battery.
  16. Turn the computer over again. Connect the ac adapter and cables to the computer; then turn it on.
Replacing the MIMO PCI Express Mini Card
  1. Turn off the computer; then disconnect the ac adapter and all cables from the computer. Wait for a few minutes, till the inside of the computer cools, before you start the following procedures.
  2. Close the computer display, and turn the computer over.
  3. Remove the battery.
  4. Remove the Tablet Digitizer Pen.
  5. Remove the keyboard.
  6. Remove the palm rest.
  7. If a tool for removing connectors is included in the package with the new card, use it to disconnect the cables from the card. If no such tool is included, disconnect the cables from the card by picking up the connectors with your fingers and gently unplugging them.
    Remove the connectors
  8. Remove the screws (1). The card pops up (2). Remove the card.
    Remove the screws
    Note: If there is a spacer under the screw, remove it before installing a new card.
  9. If the new PCI Express Mini Card has three connectors, skip this step. If the new PCI Express Mini Card has two connectors, first insert the connector end of the white cable in the plastic cable bag and affix the cable to the mainboard with tape.
    Affix the cable to the
  10. Align the contact edge of the new card with the corresponding socket contact of the computer.
  11. Pivot the card until you can snap it into place by pressing the upper side of the connectors; then secure the card with the two screws. Make sure that the card is firmly fixed in the slot and does not move easily.
  12. Connect the cables to the new card.
    Note: If the new PCI Express Mini Card has two connectors, as in the next drawing, you must attach the gray cable to the left connector and the black cable to the right connector.
    Connect the cables to the new card
  13. Reinstall the palm rest.
  14. Store the Tablet Digitizer Pen back in its slot.
  15. Reinstall the keyboard.
  16. Reinstall the battery.
  17. Turn the computer over again. Connect the ac adapter and cables to the computer; then turn it on.
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