I have been in another forum with the same process. I am looking to use my old T61 to be a DUAL BOOT OSX/Windows 7.
I have installed a SSD (120GB) and currently have Windows 7 installed and working like a champ with the upgraded Wirelss N card (from Lenovo) and the Middleton BIOS - I get WiFi N at 300Mbps.
Now I want to get the LION installed and working. I was informed that I need to have Windows 7 installed before I do LION. What say you?
Here is what I am curious about:
I have found the following differences:
Apple Atheros AR5008 AR5418 AR5BXB72 603-9432-A
Model: AR5BXB72 / AR5008
P/N: 603-9432-A / 607-0368-A / A1181
BIOS: Apple Ver (Use only in Apple Laptop)
Wireless Type: 802.11n (XSPAN 300MB)
Apple MacBook Pro A1150 Wifi Wireless Card 603-8214-A
Model: AR5424a / AR5006EXS / AR5BXB6
P/N: 603-8214-A / A1150 / A1181
BIOS: Apple Ver (Fit all laptop brands: DELL, IBM, HP - upgraded BIOS)
Wireless Type: 802.11 Super A/G (108MB)
My question is, will the 802.11n card (even though it says APPLE ONLY) work in the T-61. I would prefer to make use of the Apple Atheros AR5008 AR5418 AR5BXB72 603-9432-A 3-connectors (the one in Blue) in the T61 to get full wireless speed.
Thanks for your question and comments. For the wireless card, I bought the Apple AR5BXB72. This card has 3 cable spots, so it worked perfectly with my T61 (since I have the three connectors as well). If you have the Middleton BIOS, the "Apple-only" card WILL work fine in the T61.
For reference, my card looks like this one: http://www.ebay.com/...=item19d87940f2
As for installing Windows, I don't think it should really matter which you install first. With that said, I did install Windows first, and then installed Lion afterward.