Windows 10: Need driver to DOWNGRADE to 1x1 wifi card on Refurb. Windows 10 T430

  1.    04 Dec 2017 #1

    Need driver to DOWNGRADE to 1x1 wifi card on Refurb. Windows 10 T430


    Hello. I posted this q. on a ThinkPad forum, but realized it's a Windows 10 issue, not a Lenovo issue. I'm cognitively & physically disabled & trying as hard as I can to figure a T430 situation out, w/ no help. I get migraines from the dual band wifi cards, even when the 802.11 a/n and A/C protocols are disabled, so I need to actually switch out the card w/ an 11b/g/n, but Windows 10 no longer offers wifi card support. I'm awaiting shipment of a T430 (MT: 2349) and did 4 days of nonstop research. Found out that the single-band-single-stream (1x1) wifi card (FRU: 60Y3249) is compatible w/ T430 2349 HARDWARE, but Windows 10 doesn't have a compatible DRIVER, so Idk how to get the machine to recognize the card, so that I can enable ONLY the 802.11g protocol on the 802.11 b/g/n card. I'm also concerned that, even if I can get W10 to recognize the downgraded card, every time W10 updates, I'll have to re-instruct it on recognizing the older gen., switched-out wifi card. I am totally computer illiterate, & disabled in a way where I can't understand this any farther. Can anyone instruct re. a procedure or approach that maybe I haven't thought of? Thanks very much for any guidance. :) -OrcaLady91


    Link to 1x1 802.11b/g/n card I need to install on my T430:
    https://encompass.com/item/10629470/..._Hmc_Wlan_Card


    Link to drivers for WiFi card that T430 MT 2349 comes with:
    https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/p...loads/DS104074


    Link to the existing drivers for the card I need to put on the T430 (Drivers seem to be Windows 7-compatible, but not Windows 10 compatible):
    https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/migr-73701
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       04 Dec 2017 #2

    OrcaLady91 said: View Post
    Found out that the single-band-single-stream (1x1) wifi card (FRU: 60Y3249) is compatible w/ T430 2349 HARDWARE, but Windows 10 doesn't have a compatible DRIVER...
    Your chosen card would appear to be the Realtek RTL8188CE. Microsoft has Windows 10 drivers for that in the Update Catalog. That would suggest that windows update will recognise your card and automatically download the correct drivers.

    https://www.catalog.update.microsoft...20Windows%2010
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  3.    04 Dec 2017 #3

    Cool. Thank you very much. Assuming the hardware for the T430 MT2349 is compatible, which 3 technicians at Lenovo were 90% sure it is, let's hope those drivers help W-10 recognize the card!. I do plan to upgrade to the latest version of Windows10, so let's hope that doesn't create a driver problem. :) -OrcaLady91
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       04 Dec 2017 #4

    OrcaLady91 said: View Post
    I do plan to upgrade to the latest version of Windows10, so let's hope that doesn't create a driver problem. :) -OrcaLady91
    Do let us know how you get on.
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  5.    04 Dec 2017 #5

    Thanks. I will. It may be a while, given my disabilities and the holidays, lol. -E. Drew
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