Man opens Eee PC, adds internal USB ports
Solder of fortune
Want to boost the storage capacity of your Eee PC in a cheap and - more to the point - upgradeable way? Want to add Bluetooth while you're at it? Then follow the lead of one enterprising owner who added a pair of internal USB ports to the compact computer.
The Eee PC's memory bay is also home to the machine's Mini PCI slot. Well, on early models it is - some later ones lack this feature. EeeUser.com forum poster Johnx's does, allowing him space to add a pair of surface-mount USB ports, fixed to the motherboard and then - very delicately - connected with wires he soldered onto points on the circuitry.
It's the soldering that would put us off - along with the associated risk of bricking the gadget. But you have to take out the motherboard too. So this is a modification only for those stout of heart and capacious of wallet.
But with the two USB ports in place, you've a handy place for a some cheap USB storage to allow you to keep the computer's SDHC card slot and external ports free. It's a particularly handy mod if you run Windows on the Eee PC, since you can set the added drive up as the site for the OS to write the many temporary files it creates, saving your irreplaceable solid-state disk from shouldering the burden.
When your USB drive's used up its write-cycles, just bung in a new one.
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I've been reading these articles and until today didn't even see a PC.
Must've been an optical illusion
These comments are definitely not P C
No, not *that* pair! I mean the wires. I'd seriously suggest twisting together the USB data pairs to improve data integrity. One method would be to buy a USB 'extension' cable and chop it up, leaving just the "A female" (ooh-err) end and a tail of wire. Solder the tail to the motherboard.
As mentioned before - she is a hottie and needs to be included in every story relating to the eee pc - that is what I paid the money for
Awesome to see eeeuser.com getting some coverage, and fantastic to see JohnX getting some coverage for his work. Work building on, incidentally, work by tristand and tinkergrl.