How To Fix Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Intel 7260 Wireless-AC PCI card

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Trying to connect to a network source may sound easy but it can’t help to encounter a problem once in awhile. Your network connection may not be properly configured or there is technical failure. Other times, there is no connectivity on your end. These errors are common examples of network error. It appears when there is something wrong during connection hence it cannot reach its end source. Still, these errors indicate the nature of the issue to help you resolve it.

List of the common network errors:

  • A Network Cable Is Unplugged
  • IP Address Conflict Address Already in Use
  • The Network Path Cannot Be Found
  • Duplicate Name Exists on the Network
  • Limited or No Connectivity
  • Connected with Limited Access
  • "Unable to Join Network Failure" error -3
  • "Unable to Establish the VPN Connection" error 800

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What causes Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Intel 7260 Wireless-AC PCI card

Seeing a network error while you are in time constraints can be annoying but there are still solutions to these errors. Once an error message appears, you can click on the Diagnose option using the Windows wizard to run a diagnosis of the problem. After several minutes, Windows will show you the cause of the problem while also providing the right solutions. However, there are times when Windows may not give you all the answers so you need to fix it manually. First, you need to change your adapter settings. Look for the settings in the Network and Sharing center. Second, reset the TCP/IP. If changing the adapter setting, you can change the TCP/IP. Third is to uninstall network adapters so you can scan and apply any changes in the hardware.


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U330p - Issue Upgrade Wireless Network card from Intel 7260 N > Intel 7260 AC (White list, BIOS/UEF...

But the hell did I get for it, because when I started up the computer, I got an error that caused your computer could not boot.
I have checked this error message on Google search and on some online forums on the internet and it seems that you at Lenovo have added to the list in the BIOS / UEFI called 'white list' that controls the hardware of your computer based on a list where products is the = Approved, and products that are not on the list = Non Approved / Blocked for this model and make that you can not upgrade their computer needed the drivers are the same as the original Intel 7260 N, the only thing that prevents me from Upgrade my computer's 'White List' and should be removed from off the BIOS so that the end user can upgrade their computer without having to buy a new computer for the 700-1100 dollars, when a new network card only cost 25 dollars.
Had I known this before I bought my Lenovo computer, you had never bought a Lenovo PC, but continued with HP that you can upgrade without problems.
I will not buy any new Lenovo computer, as long as you use these methods.
I think it is wrong of you as a manufacturer to do it this way, I jar had HP before and have upgraded them several times without problems, but now I wanted to try a different manufacturer because of design, price, weight, performance and so on.
But **bleep**, I got it. I feel blown, cheated
For that I will continue to buy Lenovo, and get back my confidence in you...

Thinkpad Edge (E40) Unauthorized network card 1802 error - need whitelist on Intel AC 7260

Some of the Intel cards in the HMM don't indicate that, but a search on the FRU number indicates that they are dual band.
They seem to be available and inexpensive.
Be sure to get one with the matching Lenovo FRU number.  As you've discovered, a generic card won't work.

Y50 "Unauthorized wireless network card is plugged in"

I've updated the BIOS firmware to the newest one listed on the Lenovo support site. But I'm still not able to boot the computer with the wireless card enabled. This is not a BIOS Whitelist issue, as I have not replaced the wireless card. Remove it and reboot the system." The only way I'm able to get the computer to boot is to go into the BIOS and disable the wireless card.

Plug in the charger / adapter if needed and power up the system to see if the problem was resolved.
If the above procedure didn't resolve the issue then I would suggest you contact Lenovo Support for warranty service.  Since the card was working earlier this could be an indication that the wireless card has failed.  You can find the phone number for Lenovo Support in your country or area by using the link below....

Unplug the charger / adapter. 2. So I shut the system down and restarted, but after the Lenovo splash screen, and before the Windows splash screen, I get the message "Unauthorized wireless card is plugged in. This happened once before, several months ago, and was fixed with a reboot.

Y50-70 laptop, Windows 8.1, UHD, 256 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 860M, Intel 7260AC Yesterday afternoon, at my office, I used my computer, including wifi, with no problems at all. Press and hold the Power Button for 30 seconds. 3. Yesterday evening, at home,...

Lenovo y50-70 Unauthorized Wireless network card is plugged in !

Lenovo y510p - Intel Quad-core 4th gen i7-4700MQ @3.40Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB HDD 8GB SSD - 1080p FHD - Nvidia 755m SLI

Please help me Error:'Unauthorized Wireless network card is plugged in. Power off and remove it 'Please please

What does it say in device manager under "network adapters"?Also have you changed the wireless card in your laptop?

Wireless Intel AC 7260 network card

I want to change my Atheros wi-fi network card with this  Intel AC 7260. Somebody can tell my if i need to upgrade my BIOS for my model to install this card?    

We need the full model number but updating the BIOS will not enable the use of any additional wireless cards. HP did in the past use a whitelist which dictates that you can only use certain specific models and the relevant question is whether your laptop is pre- or post- whitelist. Generally the cutoff is around January 1, 2014 as the build date. 

"Unauthorized Wireless network card is plugged in. Power off and remove it"

I suggest Contacting Lenovo or If you're comfortable, Reseat the Wlan Card of the system. Press the star on the left to thank them with a Kudo!If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"! This will help the rest of the Community with similar issues identify the verified solution and benefit from it.Follow @LenovoForums on Twitter!

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Just be extra careful in removing parts, Damages while replacing parts may not be covered under warranty.
Hope this helps
Cheers! You can Check this guide for disassembly method. Check if that fixed the issue
If the problem still shows up or BIOS is not accessible.

I've seen a few people have this problem after upgrading their network card, but I haven't even touched mine. If successful in booting to BIOS hit Hit F9 to reset Settings now Hit Enter to Confirm then Hit F10 to Save and Exit and Enter to confirm.

New Error Message "Unauthorized Wireless Network Card plugged in. Power off and remove it."

This probably means that the connection of the network card is broken.The proposed solution was to use a USB wireless LAN stick and indeed now the laptop runs normal again. There are 3 questions that I have:1) has anyone else encountered similar issues ?2) Why does a broken network card connection prevent the entire BIOS and Windows system from starting instead of just disabling the WLAN function ?3) Why does Lenovo run a hotline which is completely useless for consumers,only offers frustrating experiences and is bad for the own business? They removed the network card, and the system booted normally. Then they tried 5 different network cards, all showed the above error message. After that experience I am personally not convinced to re-purchase Lenovo products

Power off and remove it.". The event happened two weeks after expiration of the warranty on a 2 years old laptop without ever changing the network card. All entries in forums on this message were about installing new network cards. So I called the service line and was informed that I have to send in the laptop to a central service place and would get it back after some weeks without any data and with a fully reset system.

Last Wednesday my Lenovo G570 showed just after switching on power the error message "Unauthorized Wireless Network Card plugged in. As Lenovo could not offer me any other option I brou...

[Yoga 3 Pro] After Windows Update I can't boot : "Unauthorized wireless network card is plugged in"

Power off and remove it."I think this is a hardware issue... 2 mere days after unboxing!!!!!!!!!Bravo lenovo, new record high.I guess I will return this crap

just did a full restore and activated the card and I still get the same message "Unauthorized wireless network card is plugged in.

I just bought the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro as a business laptop, replacing my former T420s... 
When I launched a global windows update by checking all boxes, after I reboot I'm now getting this message permanently :
"Unauthorized wireless network card is plugged in.

in which case I can't change the drivers!!
I already lost 2 days of my time because of this crappy issue. Great start for a business PC!!!!
Moderator edit: Added model to subject

Quick update... Power off and remove it."
Of course, I can't boot nor can I chose mode sans échecs.
The only way to boot is to go to the BIOS and deactivate the wlan card...

error 1802 : unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the miniPCI network card

I have a X61 and when I boot up I get the message: "error 1802 : unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the miniPCI network card" Is there a fix for this?   Can I change my settings in my BIOS so it does not read the card?  

did you install an aftermarket wireless card?

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is EM7455 4G not approved to work under a T470p?? 

1802 unauthorized network card is plugged in  hmm and the card it self is from lenovo???

1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the network card.

greetz,  ynze
Moderator note: serial number removed to prevent abuse.  For reference associated MT-M is 20FJS40U00

Are you the original owner?  Was the BIOS recently updated?

Installed Ubuntu and started working. what to do?

Till I wanted to start up this morning and got an "1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the network card." error.

Unauthorized Network Card is Plugged In

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------------------------------------------------------------Maliha (I don't work for lenovo)ThinkPads:- T400[Win 7], T60[Win 7], IBM 240[Win XP]IdeaPad: U350Apple:- Macbook Air [Snow Leopard]Did someone help you today? i need to fully power off..]]Has anybody experienced this at all?  1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the miniPCI network card.

However, when i perform vPro commands like restart the computer from within SCCM OOB, i am hit with a BIOS message And am unable to restart the computer locally even with CTRL-ALT-DEL. it is provisioned and all is well.

Lenovo Y510p upgrade to newer Intel 7260 2x2 (BGN) Wireless Card from Intel Centrino N 2230

I put up with your Customer Service Specialists and Tech Support:First they tried to gouge me for money when inquiring about the computer and even when trying to make the sale. The chip will say its connected to the router/internet however will not load any data. I had a $500 paperweight sitting in my Ultrabay that I paid handsomely extra for. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN THE REASONING BEHIND THIS? Locking the BIOS on a Mac or manually on a Corporate System I can understand, but with a consumer powerhouse...

THIS MACHINE can barely hit 20 Mbps download!--BEGIN RANT-- I dropped $1400 on this computer and the crippled leg of the WiFi card was the only downside.

Back in August of 2013 I ordered a Y510p with the SLI 750M configuration (see signature for detailed specs). I use a ThinkPad Bluetooth mouse and occasionally a Creative D100 Bluetooth SpeakerChip cannot handle using Bluetooth Mouse and Bluetooth Speaker at the same time. With a strong router and a 50D/25U Mbps Fiber Optic connection, this card is shameful.

The specs and benchmarking on every respectable website proved this false. Moving the mouse while audio is playing causes it to pause, mouse movement is sporadic. (This should not be a bandwidth issue, my 2008-2009 Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Card with Bluetooth 2.1 can handle the load even after taking physical damage).Chip cannot maintain Bluetooth connection with Lumia 920 anymore (it supports ...

error 1802 on R40 - unauthorized network card plugged in

I used the CD from this guy's site and it's been fine ever since with Linux and booting up. thing is, if the battery is disconnected, you'll get that error again. Solved! please power off and remove the mini pci card. i get this error message:error 1802 - unauthorized network card plugged in.

I had this exact problem with this stupid Intel Pro Wirless card! Go to Solution. Simply boot that, use the utility, and it'll be perfectly fine.Message Edited by Aristotle on 06-25-2008 09:39 PM

i purchased a wifi card and plugged in. Wow!

Lenovo T430 - Unauthorized network card is plugged in.

I disabled the security boot in BIOS, rebooted the system, connected to the internet via my wired LAN (the wifi network card wasn't recognized under the Device Manager, not even the classic yellow question mark). I've done all the Windows updates. Go to Solution.

Everything was working fine, even the wireless network card Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205.Then I decided to reinstall the system and bring everything back to the factory settings (my bad).This is where I came across the error:"1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the miniPCI network card."Well initally I thought that there were still some drivers missing. I'm adding the T430 Serial Number as well: Removing serial per forum rules  Richk My apologies, did not read the forum rules properly One thing I did not mention though - my laptop still has 9 months of warranty left!

X40 and 1802 error: Unauthorized network card is plugged in

After some bios upgrade, this error starting appearing:1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the miniPCI network card.How can I solve this issue? The solution is fairly simple if you have a floppy or cd-burner. Maybe downgrading the BIOS?Many thanksOliver

Solved! Read the instructions for the no-1802 hack

Go to Solution.

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bios version = 94CN05WW  WITH AMD  A6-5200 APU
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Best Wireless Router for Intel AC-7260 Card

It seems one solution to the many problems posted here and on the Intel board is to get an AC compatible wireless router. To those who have an AC capable router and are finding it works well with the Intel AC 7260 card, what brand router do you have? TP-Link Archer D7

I have a T540P with the Intel Dual Band AC 7260.

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