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Old 07-10-2011, 11:42 PM
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do you think the Option GTM378 would also work inside the U820?
Not sure. If it supports the USB mode then it might work in the Mini-PCIe slot right next to the HDD.
from googling around it looks as if it is a USB-based device: http://forums.opensuse.org/hardware/...on-gtm378.html

found someone selling a whole bunch on ebay at a v reasonable price so I might go for it!

--- edit --- here's the links to the ebay auction, they also had a usb adaptor for testing...
option 378:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/yd6lmrd
usb to miniPCIe adaptor:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/y9jvh7j
Hi,
Did you make that the gtm378 works on the u820?
I have that card from an old computer but it is not recogniced on my u2010. I have tried to downgrade to bios 1.07 but it is not detected on Windows or bios.
I will try the hardware mod in this thread but I don`t know if this card will work anyway.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:49 PM
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I got a MR04 from RedTron and have found performance to be slightly worse than on built-in slot (see below), no significant effect on battery life and readings from HWM Blackbox and CoreTemp show CPU temperature to be largely unchanged.

For a 32GB Toshiba SDHC class 4, HDTune showed similar average transfer rates of 12.1mbps internal and 12.3mbps external, marginally worse access time (probably imperceptible) of 1.7ms vs 0.7ms and higher burst rate of 9.6mbps vs 3.5mbps. CPU usage was 10.1% internal vs 16.8% external. CrystalDiskMark showed that sequential read speed was down 2.6mpbs to 12.95mbps and write speed down 0.8mbps to 7.7mbps; random read/write 512kb down from 15.37/2.47 to 12.93/2.43mbps and random read/write 4kb changed from 6.20/0.03 to 2.50/0.03mbps

For a 32GB Transcend SDHC class 6, CrystalDiskMark showed that sequential read was down 1.9mpbs to 14.38mbps and write down 1.1mbps to 8.4mbps; random read/write 512kb down from 16.13/1.78 to 14.33/1.65mbps and random read/write 4kb changed from 7.83/0.02 to 2.71/0.02mbps

Overall, a good upgrade giving a max additional potential internal storage of 32GB
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:36 AM
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I got a MR04 from RedTron
very useful information, thanks for posting that review. I've been sitting on the fence about getting one of these adapters, but now that it's been shown that soldering in a sim socket works, I think I'm going to try that and go 3G instead.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:39 AM
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I can confirm 3G will work on the minipcie on U820. I had a U2010 before and use the EU850D card and is working ok. Same card which JKKMOBILE.com has used on his MODS. Here is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq07xGaUvPY

By the way, if anyone is interested. I still have it and I am selling it together with the antenna.

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uh-oh, I realise that this new MR17 might not be what it appears to be. That second link is for a microsata to pair of microSD adaptor. However, the diagrams show a typical internal miniPCIe slot.

there's an MR15 adaptor which seems to be equivalent:
http://mymayong.com/mr15/mr15-dual-micro-sd.htm

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I came across a new variant of the mr04 miniPCIe adaptor, which allows two uSDHC cards to be fitted.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MR15-MR04-...-/180842115021

I'm still sitting on the fence over upgrading my hard drive to an SSD and fitting one of these MR04-variants to recover from loss of storage.

ah, this is also called the MR17:
http://www.hwtools.net/cardreader/MR17.html

***EDIT***
the MR17 is an mSATA card which needs a sata interface on the miniPCIe card interface, so sorry about misleading people.

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Old 04-26-2012, 08:15 PM
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Just tested the theory that an SSD won't work in the mini PCI-e slot. Took a gamble on a 4GB STEC SSD (originally from a Dell Mini 9) for $15 on eBay, and sure enough, it's not recognized. It doesn't appear in BIOS and it's nowhere in Windows Explorer or Disk Management.

Anyone have a link to any further info about this? Tested on a U810 3G model, and replaced the 3G modem with the SSD. Fits in the slot perfectly, but the U810 seems to have no idea it's there.
are you shore thats an ssd. i got a 2gb pcie intel cashe card and it is NOT an ssd and can not be used as one
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:22 PM
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guys dont forget the broad com cristal hd decoder. i have 2 types and i love them. sadly i never got to try one in my sony vaio p befor i sold it and if i en up getting a u it will be the first thing to go in

what it is is a card that does all teh hardware acceleration for video playback and also works with youtube. it will alow almost anysystem to play 1080p flawwlessly and can even save a little battery life
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:02 PM
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I just reread this thread from the beginning and I don't think there are any reports from anyone who actually installed an HD video accelerator successfully in a U820. Do you know of a device that works in one of the PCIe slots and if so, which device and which slot? Is this Habey HB-VD920 a good candidate?

http://www.amazon.com/HB-VD920-Broad.../dp/B0050QJUP0

If it works, it would be the missing link for the U820 as far as I am concerned!
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:12 AM
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i have tryed it in a number of things allways with great success

my acer aspire one aoa150
my mac mini2008 (945 chipset)
my zotac socket 775 itx mobo
compaq atom netop

every single thing i have out it in it allways helped.
althow most of thows had the 945 chipset
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:13 AM
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oh also my sony vaio ux37gn. that was a REAL help

i never got to try it in my vaio p with the same chipset
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