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Intel 6230 wireless adapter in a M11x (R1)?

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I'm looking to replace the Dell card I currently have, and I'm looking at the 6230 as it'd allow me to ditch my USB bluetooth adapter; but is the 6230 like, universally compatible, or do you need a specific slot/system/etc. to make use of the Bluetooth in it?

I know under BIOS of the M11x there's an option to enable or disable Bluetooth, but since there isn't any built-in (in mine, at least - I bought it retail), I'm not sure of the purpose of it; could enabling that while using the 6230 work?

And I don't want to simply buy the 6230 and try it out, as that's at least $30 I'd be out of, plus shipping if I ended up returning it.
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The 6230 is universally compatible with any laptop that supports mini pci-e and has an operating system that has drivers that can support it. That means the M11x is very likely to support it since it is a modern laptop that I would expect has a mini pci-e slot. The only problem though, is that the 6230 is a half height card, and most laptops have full height cards. You would need a half height to full height bracket to be able to install it into your system. The BIOS setting for the bluetooth is likely to be designed only to manage a proprietary bluetooth chip (like on my D630). If you installed the 6230 with the correct drivers, bluetooth should be enabled already.
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The 6230 is universally compatible with any laptop that supports mini pci-e and has an operating system that has drivers that can support it. That means the M11x is very likely to support it since it is a modern laptop that I would expect has a mini pci-e slot. The only problem though, is that the 6230 is a half height card, and most laptops have full height cards. You would need a half height to full height bracket to be able to install it into your system. The BIOS setting for the bluetooth is likely to be designed only to manage a proprietary bluetooth chip (like on my D630). If you installed the 6230 with the correct drivers, bluetooth should be enabled already.
I believe my laptop only supports half-height cards, as the current card in it is half-height, so I don't think that should be a problem.

And thanks for the info. Just one question, though - I'm looking at the 6230 in general, and it seems many are complaining that it isn't as fast as the 6200 it's based off, is that just user error (as it turned out to be in many cases), or is the 6230 just not as good for some reason?
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If your laptop only takes half-height cards that will not be a problem at all.

I can't find anything about that so I can't speak towards that but I think with the proper driver they should perform the same as they have almost an identical wireless chipset, with the exception of the bluetooth in the 6230.
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