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I'm getting curious about 4x40S series and decided to take a look at whitelist strings present in F.31 BIOS. HP likes to include common base for many laptop families and activate only certain cards for the end product. For those willing to further study the device id's, list of BIOS modules included in my searches are as follow:

233DF097-3218-47B2-9E09-FE58C2B20D22_2_1279.ROM
3BC42C6D-ABEC-41BA-8CCB-D8E0EF1CEF85_2_657.ROM
46F9D8DA-2670-44B2-9E42-C9B130CE2465_2_637.ROM
4B4CFB88-B6DC-4DDC-AC1A-8D18E549C2D4_2_953.ROM
53984C6A-1B4A-4174-9512-A65E5BC8B278_1_1242.ROM
5A86A4DD-38B3-4839-820D-4EC519B432BA_3_1041.ROM
5EE86B35-0839-4A21-8845-F1ACB0F688AB_3_199.ROM
F6D35FBB-63EA-4B25-81A5-5E62B4886292_3_193.ROM

I identified following devices

VendorID:DeviceID--SubVendorID:SubDeviceID--FCC ID--Description

8086:0085 8086:1311 PD962205ANHU Intel Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
8086:0082 8086:1301 PD962205ANHU
8086:0888 8086:4262 PD92230BNH Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230
8086:0887 8086:4062 PD92230BNH
8086:088F 8086:4260 PD96235ANH Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235
8086:088E 8086:4060 PD96235ANH

1814:539A 103C:1839 VQF-RT5390 Ralink RT5390
1814:3290 103C:18EC VQF-RT3290 Ralink RT3290
1814:539B 103C:18ED VQF-RT5390 Ralink RT5390


14E4:4727 103C:1795 QDS-BRCM1051I BCM94313HMGB Broadcom 4313

Atheros
168C:0032 103C:1785 PPD-AR5B225 AR9485+AR3012 BT 4.0
168C:0032 103C:1838 PPD-AR5B125
168C:0034 103C:1864 PPD-AR5B22 AR9462
168C:0036 103C:18E3 PPD-QCWB335 AR9565

List above seems to closely match WiFi modules from 4540S maintenance manual:

Atheros 9485GN 802.11b/g/n 1x1 WiFi and 3012 Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Adapter Part Number: 655795-001
Broadcom 4313GN 802.11b/g/n 1x1 WiFi and 20702 Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Adapter Part Number: 657325-001
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 Part Number: 670290-001
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 Part Number: 670292-001
Ralink WLAN Ralink Ripple3 RT5390F_802.11 b/g/n 1x1 PCIe HMC Part Number: 670691-001
Atheros AR9485 802.11b/g/n 1x1 WiFi Adapter Part Number: 675794-001
Atheros AR9565 802.11bgn 1x1 WiFi + BT4.0 combo Adapter Part Number: 690019-001
Ralink RT3290LE 802.11bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Adapter Part Number: 690020-001
Ralink RT5390R 802.11bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi Adapter Part Number: 691415-001
 
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Heh, this is not so good news. None of this will work with OS X (except maybe the Broadcom card, but I really doubt about it).
What about AR9285 from our 4530S Probook? People with 4x40S claim that can use it with simple card swap?
I couldn't find our DeviceID 168C:002B 103C:1461 anywhere in the *.ROM files to prove this claim.
 

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I don't think that claim has been proven yet... Not that I've seen anyway. Looks like Mad_Sunday is going to prove/disprove it for us: http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/69284-atheros-ar9485-driver-2.html#post533400
I see, thanks

I was thinking about this post from 4540S main thread
http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/55473-hp-probook-4540s-20.html#post514371

Wireless: Changed to ar9285
Works wifi ar9285 inet connected normally

that's what puzzles me.
 
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What about AR9285 from our 4530S Probook? People with 4x40S claim that can use it with simple card swap?
I couldn't find our DeviceID 168C:002B 103C:1461 anywhere in the *.ROM files to prove this claim.

Do you remember the whitelist in our ProBooks? There was a Broadcom 43224 in this list and yet, I tested few cards with this chip (all of them HP-branded and with the same IDs as the IDs in this list) but I didn't manage to make any of them to work. I think you also tested a card with this chip. Also, the Broadcom 4313 card is in our whitelists too, but you will not find any info on the HP's site that this card actually works with ProBook 4x30.
 
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Do you remember the whitelist in our ProBooks? There was a Broadcom 43224 in this list and yet, I tested few cards with this chip (all of them HP-branded and with the same IDs as the IDs in this list) but I didn't manage to make any of them to work. I think you also tested a card with this chip. Also, the Broadcom 4313 card is in our whitelists too, but you will not find any info on the HP's site that this card actually works with ProBook 4x30.
Yes, I do remember http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook-4530s/47361-4530s-wifi-whitelist.html

This time is little different. They don't seem to include any extra inactive cards and whitelisted BCM4313 is actually listed in the manual as a valid card. Too bad it's not supported in OS X
 
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Yes, I do remember http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook-4530s/47361-4530s-wifi-whitelist.html

This time is little different. They don't seem to include any extra inactive cards and whitelisted BCM4313 is actually listed in the manual as a valid card. Too bad it's not supported in OS X

It's not so bad - BCM4313 is a piece of crap. This chip is based on very old N specification (probably kind of pre-N) and it works only at 72 Mbps max. So, it's not a big deal it's not supported on OS X.
 
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For the record:
I can confirm that as F.32, whitelist is not being enforced on 4540S. It exists but at this moment it used only for displaying FCC ID
I've tried numerous cards from Intel, Broadcom and Atheros. All of them passed the boot process. When F1 is pressed to display system information
"Test WLAN" message appears with off shelf card.
 
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