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Re: [gNewSense-users] Replacing the internal WiFi of an Acer TravelMate

From: Ted Smith
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Replacing the internal WiFi of an Acer TravelMate 4672
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 19:49:23 -0400

On Tue, 2009-04-14 at 14:14 +0200, Frode Severin Hatlevik wrote:
> Some years ago i purchased a TravelMate 4672 with Windows XP, and
> installed Debian GNU/Linux on it, no problem. A few manual fixes (i.e.
> loading the correct driver for rtc and such) but not more than
> expected.
> Now I want to install gNewSense on it. Problem is that it contains an
> Intel Wirelwss A/B/G adapter, and there are no free drivers for this,
> as far as I know.
> I want to replace the internal card. It is easily acessible, and the
> antenna cables have nice connectors and it _looks_ easy to replace.
> Can anyone give me a good recommendation on which card to buy? I think
> the card is a MiniPCIExpress, but how do I verify this? Is it a good
> idea to go for a card with a/b/g/N support? I do hav a N capable
> Linksys router.
> ;)Frode

Before buying anything, make sure your laptop has no BIOS whitelists for
the wlan adaptor. HP, Compaq, and Lenovo's all notably do, but there may
be others that I don't know of. 

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