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    Internal HSDPA for Thinkpad T42? Mini PCI or Hack?

    I cant find any HSDPA adapters for mini PCI, they only seem to be available for Mini PCI-E which my laptop doesn't have.

    Dose anybody know of either a mini-PCI option i might not have seen or a not too advanced hack(read: i have soldering iron, but am lacking in skill) that would work with my laptop, and Ubuntu.

    As for PC-Card options, they tend to stick-out too much, a reason why im not too keen on the USB alternatives either.

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    Re: Internal HSDPA for Thinkpad T42? Mini PCI or Hack?

    Thousands of people on-line and no suggestions as how to accomplish this?

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    Re: Internal HSDPA for Thinkpad T42? Mini PCI or Hack?

    There are no mPCI mobile cards available that I know of. There are also no mPCIe to mPCI adapters available and I do not thinh the two standards are interchangeable.

    I know the mPCIe supports both USB2.0 and mPCI busses so it *might* be possible to hack it to connect directly to the internal USB bus of your laptop. This is all wild speculation on my part so take it with a pinch of salt but worth looking into though.

    http://www.pcisig.com/home
    http://www.pcisig.com/specifications...onal/mini_pci/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express_Mini_Card

    Going this route seems a bit radical and complicated if not impossible.

    As for PC-Card options, they tend to stick-out too much, a reason why im not too keen on the USB alternatives either.
    What if the card had no external portrusion? Zadago has a card with a light external antennal which *looks* detachable and even if it wasn't I'm sure you could remove it. If you could remove it then one could drill a small hole in the laptop casing and route a flexible wire antenna (similair to wireless ethernet) into the laptop and up into the screen as they do with WLAN. The model I'm referring to is the Aircard 850, http://www.zadako.sk/product_info.php?products_id=366

    EDIT: The antenna is completely removable.

    EDIT2: The card dimensions are 86mmx54mmx5mm so it will definately not portrude.
    http://www.business.orange.co.uk/ser...&ssbinary=true

    Also have a look at their PC-300 & Aircard 875 models as they have external pertrusions but it really does not protrude by much and might be a viable option for you. I suspect they will be linux compatible (depending on the card chipset) as I have see them mentioned in conjunction with linux.
    http://www.zadako.sk/information.php?info_id=12 I see linux drivers specified here.

    http://www.zadako.sk/redirect.php?ac...rawireless.com

    Hope this is of some help.
    Last edited by mips; July 6th, 2008 at 05:48 PM.

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    Re: Internal HSDPA for Thinkpad T42? Mini PCI or Hack?

    thanks, I'll look into the PC-card alternatives, they do look quite a bit more compact than the last one i saw.

    although the question now is should i go with something that sticks out more for higher speed (my operator supports 7.2, and 14.4 is planned for Q4) or live with lower speed, i gonna take that bucket of häagen-dazs from the icebox to help my decision.

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    Re: Internal HSDPA for Thinkpad T42? Mini PCI or Hack?

    The usual approach is to use a Bluetooth connection to a mobile phone.

    I suppose you could get the pinout for the docking connector, trace the leads, and use one of the USB ports from that.
    Has anybody done this?

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    Re: Internal HSDPA for Thinkpad T42? Mini PCI or Hack?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh View Post
    The usual approach is to use a Bluetooth connection to a mobile phone.
    That means he will have to go and buy a HSDPA enabled phone.

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    Re: Internal HSDPA for Thinkpad T42? Mini PCI or Hack?

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    That means he will have to go and buy a HSDPA enabled phone.
    Well, he has to buy something. Phones are sold in much bigger quantities and may not cost much more. e.g. Nokia 6120/6121 .

    I'm sure you could fit a USB modem (minus case) inside the T42, as people have done with the EeePC.

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    Re: Internal HSDPA for Thinkpad T42? Mini PCI or Hack?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh View Post
    I'm sure you could fit a USB modem (minus case) inside the T42, as people have done with the EeePC.
    It should be possible if space permits. Never opened one of those USB device so I have no idea how big the PCB is.

    EDIT:
    Did some googling:
    http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=22284
    The E172 is really small and should fit just about anywhere in a laptop.
    Last edited by mips; July 21st, 2008 at 11:17 AM.

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