Has anyone tried this kind of adapter in the WWAN slot of X61s?
If so what is the actual max speed like?
Thanks in advance!
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I don't see any USB 3.0 host controller chip, so it's probably just tapping into USB 3.0 signals already in the mini PCIe slot.
But the X61 series never had USB 3.0 to begin with. In fact, I haven't heard of any laptop/desktop board with USB 3.0 signals on the mini-PCIe connector-- a quick google search yields only this document from PCI-SIG, which has "Request" printed on the header of each page.
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http://www.dx.com/p/mpcie1u-n01-mini-pc ... reQXWWPXFJ
Also on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/MonkeyJack-Adapt ... B074QKBRP7
which specifically says "Not compatible with USB3.0"
AliExpress calls it USB 3.0 (probably just because of the blue color) but also has the note:
"Please note: The USB 3.0 connector on the adapter card actually works as the USB 2.0 signal "
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How about this one with NEC UPD720202 chipset then - is it worth trying? (obviously after some DIY including removal of those large upwards facing connectors):
You have to remove the PCMCIA slot and connect an Expresscard slot to the PCIe, USB 2.0 and power lanes of the WWAN slot.
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Very nice mod indeed: well done ) Whereabouts did you get that black plastic ExpressCard housing that the adapter plugs into: is that a hacked PCMCIA cage or a completely brand-new part?
I'm now undecided whether I go for the same one as yours or use a variation on the adapter in the latter advert of the two I shared above, so that all I need to add is a USB3.0 socket:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/XT-XINT ... 05411.html
Btw is the power obtained via the WWAN slot (be it (a) obtained directly from the slot and then fed to the USB3.0 ExpressCard or (b) obtained from the card advertised above and then fed directly to the USB3.0 socket) sufficient to run a typical portable USB3.0 HDD, e.g. Hitachi Touro? That's all I really need USB3.0 in my X61s for.
That is not easily done. The USB 3.0 socket is nearly 3mm deeper than the USB 2.0 socket.
If you cut out a piece of the motherboard on one of the right 2 USB sockets to make the USB 3.0 fit, you will lose the 5V power supply of the socket.
I was actually thinking of modding the single left hand side one: is that one any easier to replace with a USB3.0 one by chance?
As a backup option can I use a smaller e.g. Type C USB3.0 socket (w/o removing 3 existing USB2.0 ones) if I find enough space for it somewhere or it's only supposed to be used in peripheral devices?
I do not think a USB C socket will work. The devices will expect a USB C controller to negotiate what the socket can do.
Thank you: it'll prevent me from going a wrong way now )
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