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Ok so in short I have recently started my education at ITT Tech in which im in the new ELCT program, basically Electronics Engineering. My problem solving class has this final that I have to develop with my group, other ELCT students, and we have to do something within our field of 'expertise'.

Having recently acquired the Dell Mini 9 from a member here on OCN, I've realized that with the WWAN port unused there is oh so many possibilities with this little power house netbook. First though, let me list the things that I have seen on MyDellMini that I would like to do.

1. Internal USB hub
2. USB Wireless N adapter
3. 32GB-64GB USB Flash Drive
4. Broadcom Crystal HD Decoder
5. HDD Indicator
6. 8 cell extended battery
7. External (but bolt on) fan cooler
8. Possible smaller active exhaust?
9. Finger Print Scanner
10. GPS Receiver


Current Specifications:

CPU: N270 Atom
RAM: HyperX Kingston 2GB
WiFi: Stock Broadcom b/g
SSD: Kingston 16GB SSD

Here is the mighty Dell Mini 9!


Side shot of the current ports


The space to the ground is slim, but im hoping to mend that with the extended battery


Current board layout, The WiFi car will be going soon.


Mini 9 battery


Now even though the other site already had a guide for everything Im here because OCN is great about looking for the best prices and methodologies for modding as well as buying from reputable sources.

I also have my starter kit from ITT which has a soldering iron and some other tools as well. I'll be sure to take a lot of pictures because I know OCN just loves them

Pricing:
Habey HB-VD920 Broadcom Crystal HD 49.99
Targus 4-port USB 2.0 Bend-a-hub 22.01
Asus USB-N13 Wireless Adapter IEE N 22.99
Extended 8-Cell Battery 33.04
Masscool Hard Drive Cooler Fan 6.99

I've read around the net about overclocking the Dell Mini 9 and most dont believe its a good idea since its a passively cooled netbook. Is it possible to Overclock using the famous SetFSB program although as of this moment Im not sure of which clock generator I need to use for the Mini 9. I want to reach 2.0Ghz on this thing with a fan under the pricing listing.

Problem 1: How do I mod a 4-pin molex into a usb or dual usb connecter? I obviously dont need the data chords but the 5V is needed.

Oh, and this just became a final project for two seperate classes
Edited by TheReciever - 10/20/11 at 4:55pm
    
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I'd mod in an internal USB hub. From that, you could add a GPS receiver, flash drive, etc.

Check out the online deals section here on the forums.. most of those stores are reputable.
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Yeah the usb hub is the more or less the backbone to enable the other devices, Ill still have to take some pictures though as well, did you mean the OCN stores like FTW PC?
    
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Yeah the usb hub is the more or less the backbone to enable the other devices, Ill still have to take some pictures though as well, did you mean the OCN stores like FTW PC?
No there is an Online Deal forum where people post various deals they find Keep an eye out there for deals
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bump! OP edited!

Pictures have been taken, however havent been uploaded yet, will be soon
    
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how much space do you have to work with? I have this 4 port USB 'hub' I pulled out of a Dell monitor that measures 2.75x2.75x0.75
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I'm actually going to use the bend a hub so I rid the pc of the usb frame, I will be wiring\\soldering them together. Thanks though!

Any ideas on the 4 pin molex to usb conversion?

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bump, added pictures.

Also, I figured since theres no real active exhaust it would be better to add an exhaust as opposed to an intake. Also I want to add a usb sound solution to make this a complete theatre netbook. Are there any good slim solutions for that? Ive seen a siig option that looks good:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812191020
    
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Bump, any feedback guys?

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