M18x R1/R2 - Creative Use for the Empty Mini-PCI Slot (WIHD socket on systems without WIHD)

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  1. ole!!!

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    you could still try to use Bluetooth usb or wifi usb dongle. I use to have my sony usb wifi headset dongle in there, but instead of 15 meters it only works up to 2-3 meters LOL. and music is choppy at times
     
  2. UltraGSM

    UltraGSM ...so many Alienwares...

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    Just picked up pair of these 64GB microSD cards here for real cheap : 64GB Class 10 Micro SD Memory Card with Adapter | eBay

    and will put them in to my dual usb adapter in DMC slot using some nano microSD adapters to save the space ;)

    now thats a dam cheap 128GB of flash storage for little buck!
     
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    i have mine used as usb wifi to antenna for wifi internet lol

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    What do you have in the wifi card slot then?
     
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    If such thing exists of course, the wireless fingerprint scanner! That would be very cool, or short range wireless usb to usb hub, so you can plug in whatever you like if you need that extra port or so :D

    or if youre short on REAL GPU POWA? http://www.bplustech.com/Adapter/PM2.html
     
  6. Mr. Fox

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    If you look in the last photo, he has a SATA card in the WiFi slot. The DMC slot is not bootable and it is only a USB port that does not support SATA, which is why he switched things around like that.
     
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    Heh, pretty inventive lol.
     
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    theres only 1 lane going to wifi slot and DMC is only act as a usb port. our graphics is at 3.0 x 8 lanes lol thats almost at 6.4GB/s where as 1 lane of 2.0 is at 400MB/s.


    yea I got it from ebay/m-factor/bplus product, its a mini pcie to dual sata bridge but it is not a raid card. both ports will work on 1.0 combined bandwidth if its 2.0 only 1 port can run stable. i have 1 port run into another dual port raid sata card to get 2 ports instead of 1..
     
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    So in theories we Alienware 18 owner can do the same thing?

    it seems the aw18 also as this mini-pci slot. And a desperately need a Esata or sata port that i can use externally for backups or to diagnose client hard drive!

    anybody tried it on the aw18 or is it even doable ?
     
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    its doable for extra storage, as for esata I do not know. you'll have to cut the case and put a esata port there donno hows that going to work.
     
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