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Mini PCI Card removal and installation - ThinkPad R61, R61e, T61, T61p

Your computer has a PCI Express Mini Card slot. Some PCI Express Mini Cards have two connectors; others have three.

Notes:

  • During electrical storms, do not connect the cable to or disconnect it from the telephone outlet on the wall.
  • Electric current from power, telephone, and communication cables is hazardous. To avoid shock hazard, disconnect the cables before opening the cover of this slot. A
  • Before you start installing a PCI Express Mini Card, touch a metal table or a grounded metal object. This action reduces any static electricity from your body. The static electricity could damage the card.

Note: The drawings shown here are for the ThinkPad T61 14.1-inch model. The procedure is the same for the ThinkPad T61 15.4-inch widescreen, ThinkPad T61 14.1-inch widescreen, ThinkPad R61 14.1-inch widescreen, ThinkPad R61 15.4-inch widescreen, and ThinkPad R61e models.
To replace a PCI Express Mini Card that has 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 keyboard.
  5. 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 (1) by picking up the connectors with your fingers and gently unplugging them. Remove the screws (2). The card pops up (3).
    Remove screws

  6. Remove the card (4).
    Remove the card

  7. Align the contact edge of the new PCI Express Mini Card with the corresponding socket contact of the computer (1).
    Align the card
    Note: If the new PCI Express Mini Card has three connectors, as in the next drawing, be sure to attach the gray cable to the left connector, and the black cable to the right connector. If you attach either cable to the center connector, the connection speed will be lower.
    Attach the connectors

  8. Pivot the card until you can snap it into place by pressing the upper side of the connectors (2), and secure the card with the two screws (3). Connect the cables to the new PCI Express Mini Card (4).
    Secure the screws

    Note: Make sure that the cables are secured as shown in the drawings.

    ThinkPad T61 14.1-inch, ThinkPad T61 15.4-inch widescreen, ThinkPad T61 14.1-inch widescreen, ThinkPad R61 14.1-inch widescreen models.

    Secure cables


    ThinkPad R61 15.4-inch widescreen and ThinkPad R61e models.

    Secure cables

  9. Reinstall the keyboard.
  10. Reinstall the battery.
  11. Turn the computer over again. Connect the AC adapter and cables to the computer; then turn it on.

To replace a PCI Express Mini Card that has three connectors, do as follows:

If your computer has a Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) feature, a PCI Express Mini Card that has three connectors comes with the computer. To replace the card for the MIMO feature, 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 keyboard.
  5. 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 (1) by picking up the connectors with your fingers and gently unplugging them. Remove the screws (2). The card pops up (3).
    Remove the screws

  6. Remove the card (4).
    Remove the card

  7. Align the contact edge of the new PCI Express Mini Card with the corresponding socket contact of the computer (1).
    Align the card
    Note: If the new PCI Express Mini Card has two connectors, as in the next drawing, be sure to attach the gray cable to the left connector, and the black cable to the right connector. Put the white cable in the cable bag in the card slot.
    Put while cable in bag

  8. Pivot the card until you can snap it into place by pressing the upper side of the connectors (2), and secure the card with the two screws (3). Attach the gray cable to the left connector , the white cable to the center connector, and the black cable to the right connector (4)
    Secure the screws

    Note: Make sure that the cables are secured as shown in the drawings.
    ThinkPad R61 14.1-inch widescreen models
    Secure the cables

    ThinkPad R61 15.4-inch widescreen model
    Securing the cables

  9. Reinstall the keyboard.
  10. Reinstall the battery.
  11. Turn the computer over again. Connect the AC adapter and cables to the computer; then turn it on.
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  • Alias ID: MIGR-67758
  • Document ID: PD013911
  • Last Updated :6/17/2014
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