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GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper

GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper

Posted Oct 26, 2006 5:26 UTC (Thu) by jamesh (guest, #1159)
In reply to: GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper by gmaxwell
Parent article: GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper

> Although most people don't realize it, almost all laptop's wireless cards
> are on mini-pci and are removable as a result. Linux compatible mini-pci
> cards can be purchased for fairly low prices, and cards are available with
> far better recieve sensitivity and higher transmit power than what
> probably shipped with their laptop. So while not an ideal solution, it
> isn't unreasonable to suggest that someone change their hardware.

Note that some laptop manufacturers will prevent a laptop from booting with a third party MiniPCI wireless card. The excuse being that the wireless device is made up of the MiniPCI card and the antenna in the lid, so they only allow complete wireless devices that they've received FCC approval for.

This behaviour has been seen in Thinkpad X40 laptops.

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