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zxzkzkz
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NVME on x210

#1 Post by zxzkzkz » Sat May 04, 2019 9:35 am

Got my x210 yesterday and while it's not perfect I'm pretty stoked.

But I do have a stupid question.... Where is the NVME slot and how do I get access to it???

I unscrewed every screw labeled with the case and keyboard labels. And the keyboard came up. But I couldn't get the case open to see the bottom of the motherboard.

There was no nvme slot on the top of the motherboard under the keyboard -- though there were a few things I'm curious about. There's a single dip switch -- what does it do? And there's a sim slot -- is there a 3g modem?

Also anyone know of the wifi is on the motherboard or on a m2 card? Is it possible to change from the Broadcom card with no open drivers to a better supported card?

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Re: NVME on x210

#2 Post by mjg59 » Sat May 04, 2019 3:00 pm

The NVMe slot is under the palm rest - you need to remove all the screws with the card logo on them, and then it's clipped in at the sides and along the front of the laptop. The X201 maintenance manual should show you how to do it. There's no 3G modem on board, but the mini-PCIe slot that you can see under the keyboard can be used for a WWAN card. The WiFi card is in a separate slot under the palm rest, and is mini-PCIe. You can swap it out with anything else, there's no firmware locking. The dip switch is to switch between LVDS and eDP video output.

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Re: NVME on x210

#3 Post by zxzkzkz » Sat May 18, 2019 6:03 am

Thanks. Turns out I was just not using enough force to remove the palm rest.

I have installed the nvme storage. And a second wifi card in the slot visible under the keyboard. But the second wifi card is not appearing in lspci, nor lsusb.

Is the motherboard limited to two of the three slots? So having the nvme storage means only one of the two minipcie m2 slots can be active?

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Re: NVME on x210

#4 Post by dmdsoftware » Sat May 18, 2019 6:14 am

Let us all know how you make out with the laptop.
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Re: NVME on x210

#5 Post by vladisslav2011 » Sat May 18, 2019 9:14 pm

zxzkzkz wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 6:03 am
And a second wifi card in the slot visible under the keyboard. But the second wifi card is not appearing in lspci, nor lsusb.
The second PCIe slot has only SATA (untested by me) and USB lines (and SIM card lines too). You may use it for m-SATA ssd or 3(4)G modem.
And it looks like your wifi does not have bluetoth chip and is using PCIe lines only.

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Re: NVME on x210

#6 Post by Jacky-CNMOD » Thu May 30, 2019 5:36 am

zxzkzkz wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 6:03 am
Thanks. Turns out I was just not using enough force to remove the palm rest.

I have installed the nvme storage. And a second wifi card in the slot visible under the keyboard. But the second wifi card is not appearing in lspci, nor lsusb.

Is the motherboard limited to two of the three slots? So having the nvme storage means only one of the two minipcie m2 slots can be active?
2280 M.2 NVME slot : you can use the 2280 NMVE SSD on it .
Minipcie 1 : WIFI CARD
Minipcie 2: MSATA SSD or WWAN CARD

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