Dell Inspiron Duo teardown
by Bill Detwiler | January 10, 2011, 7:47pm PST | Image 35 of 70
Hitachi 320GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive
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What would it take?
Obviously the extra PCI-e is on the other side of the PC board from where the sim is located which seems par for the course as most PCI-e Gobi devices do not have a sim slot on them. I've seen a number of ribbons for sale with the sim-reader on the end, but again, without having one of the wwan pci-e devices in front of me, I'm not sure if the ribbon connects directly to the wwan card or somewhere on the motherboard. This raises the question of compatibility on various pci-e wwan options, as the one dell had with this is 3G which will rapidly become out-moded. There are newer PCI-e WWAN devices available with a similar footprint that might work if you could figure out a way to install a card reader and get an antenna in there somehow.
Chasing down the part numbers of these from Dell was not too difficult although I had to go through half-a-dozen members of the support staff until someone could find them in the system. I suppose I could try it again to see if they can find the SIM reader and anything about the antenna for these devices.
If anyone has any more information please let me know. I had to tear into mine because the original over-heated one of the tabs on the battery door. I sent it in for service and they replaced some of the over-heating components but sent it back without replacing the actual bottom cover which had the melted tab on it (the battery door wouldn't stay shut). I sent it back and again they returned it unfixed.
So I eventually just had them send me the bottom and I swapped the parts out myself rather than go without the laptop for another few weeks and risk having it come back unfixed yet again.
GPS DW710 - DRH12 Module
WWAN Not Available Yet
If some hardware hackers find unused headers on the motherboard for something interesting (extra USB ports, display out), this might be a good place to add them to the system.
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