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Tanjer1588
December 9th, 2007, 02:03 AM
So i have an older but pritty powerful laptop its a 2002 sony vio and the poor little guy up and died on my... the screen dont work and the keys are messed up pritty good but the guts are all in working order so im in the prosesses of salvaging parts from it to attach to my desk top ... kinda like a Frankenstein machine type thing, So i have got converters for both its hard drive and dvd/cd -+r/rw drive cus i really could use that on my desk top, it allso has a built in wireless card that i would like to salvage some how but i cant seem to find any thing on the internet about how to turn it into a usb device or attach it to my desk top. Im really into wireless crap and do a lot of wardriveing and i have another home made USB Cantenna but i would like to use this wire less card in the same way...

So pritty much i just wanna know if any one out there knows what i could do with this wireless card? can i pull it out of there and some how make it unaversal? its a pritty good card

so ya... and if you know anything els i could absorb from the laptop let me know

Thanks all.
Ubuntu Freak, T

zachtib
December 9th, 2007, 02:41 AM
So i have an older but pritty powerful laptop its a 2002 sony vio and the poor little guy up and died on my... the screen dont work and the keys are messed up pritty good but the guts are all in working order so im in the prosesses of salvaging parts from it to attach to my desk top ... kinda like a Frankenstein machine type thing, So i have got converters for both its hard drive and dvd/cd -+r/rw drive cus i really could use that on my desk top, it allso has a built in wireless card that i would like to salvage some how but i cant seem to find any thing on the internet about how to turn it into a usb device or attach it to my desk top. Im really into wireless crap and do a lot of wardriveing and i have another home made USB Cantenna but i would like to use this wire less card in the same way...

So pritty much i just wanna know if any one out there knows what i could do with this wireless card? can i pull it out of there and some how make it unaversal? its a pritty good card

so ya... and if you know anything els i could absorb from the laptop let me know

Thanks all.
Ubuntu Freak, T

what chipset is the card?

if it's atheros, you could have some fun with it and BSD...

reidbold
December 9th, 2007, 04:36 AM
If it's built in, the control chips are on the board. It would be ridiculous to salvage it in that case. Unless you are looking for fun with electronic components.

If it's a plug in card, you can get PCMCIA adapters.

n3tfury
December 9th, 2007, 04:53 AM
if you only used it once i wouldn't have said anything. it's PRETTY

Tanjer1588
December 9th, 2007, 06:47 PM
what chipset is the card?

if it's atheros, you could have some fun with it and BSD...

how do i find out what kind of chip set it has on it?

mips
December 9th, 2007, 07:34 PM
Can you give us the exact laptop model please ?

I suspect your laptop has a miniPCI wireless card as you said it is INTERNAL but I could be wrong.

If the above is the case then you need a mPCI to PCI adapter card with antenna connectors, something like this:
http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=11082

If it is a card that slots into the PCMCIA/CardBus slot then you need a CardBus to PCI adapter, something like this:
http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=50892079

Either way it is cheaper to just buy a Wireless PCI card than it is to get an adapter. The economics of going the adapter route just don't make sense.

You could always sell the internal wireless card. Can you give us a closeup picture/photo of the card, both sides ?

Tanjer1588
December 9th, 2007, 08:07 PM
Can you give us the exact laptop model please ?

I suspect your laptop has a miniPCI wireless card as you said it is INTERNAL but I could be wrong.

If the above is the case then you need a mPCI to PCI adapter card with antenna connectors, something like this:
http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=11082

If it is a card that slots into the PCMCIA/CardBus slot then you need a CardBus to PCI adapter, something like this:
http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=50892079

Either way it is cheaper to just buy a Wireless PCI card than it is to get an adapter. The economics of going the adapter route just don't make sense.

You could always sell the internal wireless card. Can you give us a closeup picture/photo of the card, both sides ?

The laptops a Sony Vio Model PCG-8M2L the wireless card dose not slide in, its built into the machine i dont know how to get it out :D but i can get a phto of it in there if you like.

mips
December 9th, 2007, 08:22 PM
The laptops a Sony Vio Model PCG-8M2L the wireless card dose not slide in, its built into the machine i dont know how to get it out :D but i can get a phto of it in there if you like.

Yes, please attached a photo of the front and back.

Google is not giving me much.

Tanjer1588
December 9th, 2007, 08:48 PM
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/tanjer1588/DSC_0066.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/tanjer1588/DSC_0063.jpg

Thats whats inside there, Mostly i just want to know what i can do with it since im tinkering with every thing from the laptop, i just removed the LCD screen from it, probly going to see what i can do to it, maybe hook it up to something :D

mips
December 9th, 2007, 08:49 PM
Why not use it with a external keyboard/mouse & screen?

You could turn it into a server or a router or something like that. You could even transplant all the working components into a custom case.

If you would like to fix it, which is probably not worth it, http://www.sparepartswarehouse.com/Sony,Vaio,PCG-GRT,PCG-GRT100,Laptop,Parts.aspx

D-EJ915
December 9th, 2007, 08:51 PM
that's a MiniPCI card

mips
December 9th, 2007, 08:54 PM
Thats whats inside there,

That is a mPCI or Mini PCI card as I though.

I will tell you the chipset soon.

Edit: It is known as a LAN-Express AS IEEE 802.11g miniPCI Adapter or something like that and from what I can tell it uses the Prism chipset. It was made by Ambit Microsystems Corporation

If you plug the card back into the laptop and install a basic linux on it you can id the card 100% by typing lspci -v from the cli.

Just something I found, http://pijulius.blogspot.com/2006/05/cleaning-sony-vaio-pcg-grt100-fan.html

Tanjer1588
December 9th, 2007, 09:02 PM
ok thank you, ya so how would i move the working parts into there own box? i want to use what i can from it.

Whiffle
December 9th, 2007, 09:12 PM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Mini-PCI-to-PCI-Adapter-Card-Motherboard-Desktop-PC_W0QQitemZ270194667068QQihZ017QQcategoryZ90719QQ cmdZViewItem

mips
December 9th, 2007, 09:26 PM
ok thank you, ya so how would i move the working parts into there own box? i want to use what i can from it.

Thats the hard part and it's will require some creative thinking on your part. There are sites on the net where people build their own boxes etc.

Just make sure you have 'offsets' for the motherboard so it does not short against anything.

Is the keyboard physically broken or does some keys just not work ? If they are not physically broken it might be worth looking at cleaning all contacts etc with pure alcohol (no you cant drink it as it will kill you) and trying it again. If you know someone thats into electronics they can check out the screen for you as it is usually just the power circuitry that goes faulty on the panel and it might be repairable for cheap, else check all the connectors and clean them.

Let us know how you go

mips
December 9th, 2007, 09:40 PM
http://www.macbook-fr.com/ibook/bricolage/recyclage_ibook_dual_article13.html?page=1 (http://www.hardmac.com/news/2006-03-20/#5281)
http://www.macbook-fr.com/ibook/bricolage/recyclage_ibook_dual_article13.html?page=2 (http://www.powerbook-fr.com/ibook/bricolage/recyclage_ibook_dual_article13.html?page=2l)

Is a example of a Mac transplant.

Best bet would probably be to use plexiglass. You could actually make something really nice if you have the plexiglass professionally cut & edges smoothed. Offsets for the motherboard and other components can be made with little plexiglass pieces with pilot holes for screws to mount things. Drill & dremel tool will allow for exact cutouts for connectors.

Here are some crazy ideas you might want to adapt for a laptop MB and parts, http://www.mini-itx.com/projects.asp

Tanjer1588
December 9th, 2007, 09:51 PM
cool man thanks, and no none of the keys on the laptop are broken, the video card on it died and the bulb in the LCD screen died along with the dvd rw drive :D and since it was sold old i decided to take it appart. ill see what i can figure out tho, thanks