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Hi, I have a MiniPCIe WiFi card laying around, and a GA-Z68AP-D3, which has a mSata port. I understand mSata≠mPcie (wikipedia says that mSata isn't compatible with mPcie), and googling I found a lot of people wanting to put an SSD in a mPCIe slot (where they had a WLAN card), and I understand that this won't work. However, does it hold true the other way around? Because maybe if the BIOS doesn't recognize it as mSATA it can just pass the control onto the OS (in which case it would be treated as a normal PCI card and drivers would be loaded, etc).

Also, what's the risk if I try? Can I burn up my motherboard or the wifi card?

Thanks!

PD: I didn't know if I should post in general hardware or here. Sorry if I got it wrong mods.
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it won't work, mini-pcie is just a pcie minimized, same thing with mini-sata, it's just a sata minimized.

although there are ports that are compatible for both, but if it doesn't specifically says so, it won't work.
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it won't work, mini-pcie is just a pcie minimized, same thing with mini-sata, it's just a sata minimized.
although there are ports that are compatible for both, but if it doesn't specifically says so, it won't work.

Ok thanks, and I take it then there's a big risk of permanent damage if I try it?
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Ok thanks, and I take it then there's a big risk of permanent damage if I try it?

i'm not really sure but i don't think so, it will just not gonna work
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i'm not really sure but i don't think so, it will just not gonna work

ok if someone could confirm this I'd be very thankful, I've been looking at the specs for both connections and it appears to me I would be fine since from what I can gather the voltage and gnd are all on the same pins (and voltages are =) but I'd be very grateful if I can get a confirmation since I don't want to burn up anything !
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Here is how it goes:

If your desktop/laptop motherboard has a:

miniPCI-e slot
  • You can connect a WWAN, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, TV Tuner card with a miniPCI interface/connector
  • You can NOT connect a mSATA SSD card with a miniPCI interface/connector

mSATA slot
  • You can connect a mSATA SSD card with a miniPCI interface/connector
  • You can connect a WWAN, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, TV Tuner card with a miniPCI interface/connector but requires modding the card's connectors.

Modding:
To mod an ordinary miniPCI card to work on a mSATA slot (essentially a miniPCI slot with an attached SATA controller onboard to talk on mSATA protocol) you must follow the steps here. The difference in their connectors are found here.

However, you can't do the same mod to connect a mSATA SSD card to an ordinary miniPCI-e slot since the mSATA SSD card is expecting to talk in mSATA protocol to the motherboard.

Conclusion:
In your case, you can connect your WiFi card to your GA-Z68AP-D3 motherboard, but you need to do the mod first.
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