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    Default Anyone have an -IBM ThinkPad R40- ?

    Just picked up a used one from a university clearance ($350.00) and I have some questions on the built-in wireless LAN stuff...

    -IBM ThinkPad R40 1.8-
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    What are your questions? That stuff is pretty standard across the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeL
    What are your questions? That stuff is pretty standard across the board.
    I thought this was wireless LAN ready out of the box, but I'm getting the impression I still need something else... A PC-slot transceiver perhaps?

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    If that's the case, wireless PC cards are cheap. $10-$20, depending on what you find. They're a bit of a pain in the ass, because they stick out of the machine an inch or so.

    You might want to check and see if the hardware is there, but the drivers haven't been installed. If the university just wiped it out and slapped a fresh copy of Windows on it, they may not have taken the time to get all the drivers installed. IBM used to make pretty funky restore CDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeL
    If that's the case, wireless PC cards are cheap. $10-$20, depending on what you find. They're a bit of a pain in the ass, because they stick out of the machine an inch or so.

    You might want to check and see if the hardware is there, but the drivers haven't been installed. If the university just wiped it out and slapped a fresh copy of Windows on it, they may not have taken the time to get all the drivers installed. IBM used to make pretty funky restore CDs.
    They did do a wipe of sorts... It does ask me for a Actiontec PRISM CD when I boot up... I keep skipping it for now.... I popped the cover underneath and there's an "Actiontec Wireless LAN 802.11b" thingy in there with two wire antenna leads... I'm guessing it's a driver install issue...

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    You'll need the model number. It should be on the tag on the bottom. Type: xxxx-xxx. Mine for my r51 is 1386-q7u. It would be something similar, I think the r40's are 2xxx-xxx. Then go to www.ibm.com click on Support and Downloads. Enter the model number and you can get all sorts of goodies.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stidham
    You'll need the model number. It should be on the tag on the bottom. Type: xxxx-xxx. Mine for my r51 is 1386-q7u. It would be something similar, I think the r40's are 2xxx-xxx. Then go to www.ibm.com click on Support and Downloads. Enter the model number and you can get all sorts of goodies.
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    Been working on it...

    Just not sure which of the following I need since none of them refer to Actiontec... Since Actiontec does not have any drivers listed specifically for what I think is inside the R40, I'm going to assume it's a 3rd party component for IBM... I'm guessing the bold/italic below; Any suggestions?

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    [_]Cisco Systems Mini PCI Wireless LAN driver for Windows 98/Me/2000/XP - ThinkPad R32, R40, T30, T40/p, T41/p, T42/p, X30, X31

    [_]Ethernet (Intel PRO 10/100/1000 LAN Adapter Software) for Windows 2000/XP - ThinkPad R40, R50\e\p, R51, T40\p, T41\p, T42\p, X31, X32, X40

    [_]High Rate Wireless LAN Mini PCI driver for Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP - ThinkPad A3*, G40, R40/e, T23, X22, X23, X24

    [_]IBM 802.11ab, IBM 802.11bg and IBM 802.11abg Wireless LAN Mini PCI adapter software for Windows 2000 and XP - ThinkPad General

    [_]IBM Access Connections for Windows 2000 and XP (WARNING: See document for critical installation limitations) - ThinkPad General 58.0 MB 2005-03-30

    [_]IBM Integrated Bluetooth II software for Windows 98 SE/2000/XP - ThinkPad R40, R50/p, R51 (1829, 1830, 1831, 1836), T40/p, T41/p, T42/p, X31, X40 20.3 MB 2004-03-15

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    Here's a link to the model you had listed. 2682-CTO http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...cid=MIGR-58209

    Here's a link to the wireless adapters used in the R40. Actiontec is listed in the 3rd one down.

    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...cid=MIGR-50822

    Here's a link to the drivers page for the actiontec wireless

    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...cid=MIGR-41929


    Hope this helps dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stidham
    Here's a link to the model you had listed. 2682-CTO http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...cid=MIGR-58209

    Here's a link to the wireless adapters used in the R40. Actiontec is listed in the 3rd one down.

    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...cid=MIGR-50822

    Here's a link to the drivers page for the actiontec wireless

    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...cid=MIGR-41929


    Hope this helps dude.

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