CF-53 Wifi Bluetooth card upgrade?

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    Here is the install info. The FFC cable is built in already.

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    I will have to pull mine apart and check it out. I also updated my last post
     
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    mk1 has BT 2.1 ---BT11A
    mk2 has BT 4.0 ---BT12A

    I would stick with the proper card for the proper mk just to be safe.
     
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    Good idea. Think I will order it since the cable is there...just checked
     
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    Awesome information gentlemen, Thanks a lot!!! I was trying to see if a combo wifi-bluetooth could work since they are a lot cheaper than the original bluetooth module. The original is $30.00, the combo one is about $7.00 on Ebay.
    I will order one of each, the original and the combo one just to see if I can make it work and will follow up with my finding. Thanks again guys!
     
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    Got my Bluetooth card today. Hopefully in the next few days I will get it installed.
     
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    Hi. Just a follow up. I received the new wifi-bluetooth combo mini card. I did the install in my CF53 and downloaded Intel drivers for both wifi and bluetooth. Good news: wifi works like a champ, bad news: bluetooth is a no-go :( but kind of expected... Bios maybe?) Regardless it was a super cheap card on Ebay. I'm still waiting for the OEM bluetooth card I ordered from Japan... I will follow up with updates when I get it installed and working.
     

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    I had the same results on my CF 31, CF 19, and FZ G1

    Here is why it wont work. I did some searching.
    One pcie slot can support one device, but mnipcie combo cards have 2 devices integrated, wifi and bluetooth. So it uses pcie connection for wifi and usb for bluetooth.
    The following I know from experience.
    Toughbooks are known to NOT have the USB on the mini PCIE slot.

    So it would work if we soldered the USB wires from another extra port inside to the mini PCIE slot.
    Extra unused port such as GPS, fingerprint reader dock ect..
     
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    Ya know, this all makes sense now.
    I was experimenting a while back with an Azurewave CB160h card in my FZ G1.
    WIFI would work in the WLAN slot but no Bluetooth. Bluetooth would work in the WWAN slot
    but no WIFI.
    So it seems Bluetooth and WWAN are usb devices and WIFI is a PCI device.
    A few laptops have PCI and usb enabled on the mini pcie ports but most only have one of the two.
     
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