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I have a half-height MPCIe WiFi card in my laptop, which is basically my sandbox o' upgrades. New CPU supporting higher frequency RAM, improved airflow (vents are getting in the way of my first degree burns!), plus an additional hard drive in place of the ODD. I think I can route an Ethernet to wireless antenna into the case itself (or have the antenna somewhat flush with the case externally) and have a free PCIe slot, giving more room for activities. I want a USB 3.0 port because the additional power and bandwidth is great and I only have two USB 2.0 ports and an eSATAp port. Those are the last two upgrades I can possibly think of for now.

So far, all I have found that might work is THIS. Comments say that it has a blue USB 3.0 port instead of the advertised 2.0 port, and according to one it is a "6 pin USB 3.0" port, but I am somewhat skeptical. It can also be cut down to half-height, and since there is a capacitor and RAM module in the way of one side, I need something half-height. Does anybody have any other recommendations or experience? I think I can get a small USB 3.0 hub and stick it in place of the decorative plastic thing on the ODD to HDD caddy. I'll figure something out.
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No responses after 74 hours? Somebody must know something.
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Even if the mini pci-e card is in fact USB 3.0, how would you pass through the signal so that the USB 3.0 is accessible from outside the laptop? Did you remove the internal ODD?

Give it a try. I'm not sure what quality to expect from such a card, but for USB 3.0 the risk is worthwhile if you really need USB 3.0.
    
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The ODD is gone and I replaced it with an HDD caddy. I think I can get a hub to fit where the faceplate was for external access, plus leave a port inside for a USB WiFi adapter. I'll figure that out when I need to since finding just that has been a pain in the buttocks. Even if it's just USB 2.0 speeds, I won't be too upset since that's what was advertised and there is literally one other half-height USB card I can find on Amazon. It has two ports and I know it's only 2.0.
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Is the goal to just add USB 3.0 ports? You can get an expresscard to do that with sufficient bandwidth and then you won't have to remove your wireless card.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=expresscard+usb+3&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aexpresscard+usb+3

Edit: I found some pictures of the laptop in your sig and I see it doesn't have an expresscard slot. Do you only have the 1 internal mpcie?
Another idea if you have room in the chassis is to add that usb card and then a hub so you can have 2 or 3 ports. You can then have a usb wireless adapter, it could even be internal. It won't perform as well as the mpcie card though.
Edited by MME1122 - 11/10/13 at 5:10pm
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Does my laptop even support that? Check this album. All of her guts are exposed. I'm honestly not sure where an ExpressCard port would be.
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See my edit, I don't your laptop has it. It's a old, basically obsolete port nowadays I suppose tongue.gif But I did notice you have a USB add on board. It might be possible to replace that with a board with more ports, or maybe a smaller one to make room for an internal hub.
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