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    Swapping wireless card? (repost)

    (This is a repost. After many months I just came over from the other side/mailing list and realized I wasn't posting to the same 'discussion' group/forum I was reading.)

    I just wanted to know if there were any gotchas when swapping a wireless card from one SB/SBG to another SB/SBG? Basically I want a wireless SBG and I believe swaping the wireless card from a wireless SB to a wired SBG is simpler than swapping the display from the wired SBG to the wireless SB. Correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks!

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    Swapping wireless card? (repost)

    On 5-Nov-05, at 6:15 PM, Daryle Tilroe wrote:

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    > I just wanted to know if there were any gotchas when swapping a
    > wireless card from one SB/SBG to another SB/SBG? Basically I want a
    > wireless SBG and I believe swaping the wireless card from a wireless SB
    > to a wired SBG is simpler than swapping the display from the wired SBG
    > to the wireless SB. Correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks!
    >


    the wired SBG models were built without the cardslot for the card, so
    it really is easier to swap the display.
    You just have to cut 3 wires in the right place, disconnect the old
    display, connect the new one and slip a prepared wire over the remnant
    of one of the wires you cut. this is probably easier (and certainly
    cheaper) than soldering a pccard connector onto the board.

    -k


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    Quote Originally Posted by kdf
    the wired SBG models were built without the cardslot for the card, so it really is easier to swap the display.
    ....this is probably easier (and certainly
    cheaper) than soldering a pccard connector onto the board.
    Oh! Really? I was under the impression that for the SB1 and SBG the only difference between the wired and wireless was the population of the cardslot not it presence. Now I really have to open them up to see for sure; but it's good to know that I will probably have to be prepared to swap displays.

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    Re: Swapping wireless card? (repost)

    On 7-Nov-05, at 8:22 PM, Daryle Tilroe wrote:

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    > kdf Wrote:
    >>
    >> the wired SBG models were built without the cardslot for the card, so
    >> it really is easier to swap the display.
    >> ....this is probably easier (and certainly
    >> cheaper) than soldering a pccard connector onto the board.
    >>

    >
    > Oh! Really? I was under the impression that for the SB1 and SBG the
    > only difference between the wired and wireless was the population of
    > the cardslot not it presence.


    That is why it wasn't possible to get a wired and upgrade later. They
    are rather costly connector assemblies, so i can certainly understand
    the value of leaving it out when offering a reduced price version.
    -k


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    Instructions here:

    http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads...ay_upgrade.pdf

    It's really easy actually - the only tool needed is a pair of wire snippers. The torx driver is included. Unfortunately, we ran out of stock on these kits a long time ago. If you can find one, go for it.

    Don't bother with converting wired->wireless. the PCMCIA connector, while not excruciatingly hard to install, is difficult to find because it's built to a custom height.

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    Well it looks like kdf and Sean are wrong. This must be a first! ;-) I appear to have a rare, collector's edition, SBG wired that has the pcmcia connector without a card in it. I don't know if I should upgrade it or sell it on ebay :-D. So it appears that I can now swap the card only by soldering on the external SMA antenna connector. It would be about as difficult to swap the displays since I would have to solder header pins for the IR connector on the SBG board and a jumper wire on the graphic display going into the SB1. However I guess I could also ask if slimdevices has spare cards to sell and I can just leave the SB1 (and the hot glued card) alone.

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    Hah! you lucked out.

    Find a standard prism 2.5 or prism3-based pcmcia card and you're set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanadams
    Hah! you lucked out.
    Once in a while it happens.

    Find a standard prism 2.5 or prism3-based pcmcia card and you're set.
    So you guys don't have any hanging around (and/or the cute little antenna extenders) you could sell me with along with the 2 new SB3s I'm probably buying in the next week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daryle Tilroe
    Once in a while it happens.

    So you guys don't have any hanging around (and/or the cute little antenna extenders) you could sell me with along with the 2 new SB3s I'm probably buying in the next week?
    I don't know... but for an SB3 customer we will look.

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    Re: Swapping wireless card? (repost)

    Speaking of cards... My late-beta SB2 has the Mini-PCI connector, and
    I've been wondering if it would be possible to upgrade it to wireless.
    Might there be any left-over SB2 card/antenna assemblies available?

    - Jacob

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