I want to operate my Rodecaster audio device with Linux Mint rather than Windows or Apple. A different forum suggests that fitting a PCIE card will allow it to work.
Can a PCIE card be fitted to a Thinkpad T440p?
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It says it's a USB-C device. The T440p doesn't have USB-C, and honestly there's no practical way to put a fully-fledged USB-C port on the T440p. PCIe card? The only accessible PCIe signal on the T440p is through the WiFi slot, which has a BIOS whitelist that stops the laptop from booting if a non-authorized card is detected.
I said "practically". It's technically doable, but really, really messy. I mean even if you get it working, it won't be as portable as a laptop you can carry around...
The list of authorized cards consists only of the WiFI cards that the T440p is offered with. There's probably a way to remove that WiFi whitelist, but to connect a USB-C PCIe card like this to the T440p requires an M.2 adapter like this with a cable that snakes out from the interior of the laptop (you'll probably need to cut a hole at the bottom. And no, the cable is not detachable
Oh. and you'll need an external power supply to power that card, and some kind of enclosure.
IMO it's more convenient to get a more recent (not necessarily brand-new) laptop with USB-C ports. These days, second-hand Thinkpad T480's are cheap and plentiful (at least in the US) because they're being phased out en masse in large companies.
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These days I'm more likely to get something like a Lenovo M90 tiny. Still limited desktop real estate but packing a modern punch.
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