Updating my Thinkpad T430 wifi card


The wifi card that was installed in my laptop was an Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205

The N 6205 is a dual band card but unlike the AC 7620, It doesn't have an integrated bluetooth card, nor 802.11ac

I previously flashed the bios with 1vyrain see article, which wipes the whitelist that would otherwise prevent me from installing hardware not on the list. So I can now install the AC 7620.

The T430 doesn't activate this card unless the 51st pin is removed. I removed the pin with my Dremel (some use tape).

This pin is the last pin on the right when the card is face up. I put the laptop back together and checked.

The wifi came on automatically.

I then installed Bluez:

sudo pacman -S bluez sudo pacman -S bluez-utils sudo pacman -S blueman sudo micro /etc/bluetooth/main.conf set AutoEnable=true sudo systemctl enable bluetooth.service sudo systemctl start bluetooth.service

I made sure pulseaudio was installed:

sudo pacman -S pulseaudio sudo pacman -S pulseaudio-bluetooth sudo pacman -S pavucontrol sudo systemctl enable pulseaudio sudo systemctl start pulseaudio

Then I connected my bluetooth headset and ... it just worked


A minimalist blog by Philip Wittamore