Man opens Eee PC, adds internal USB ports

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.

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Wouldn't it be cheaper just to buy a full low end laptop with that already in it? After all, they're only $50 more than the EEE PC on average.

Wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy a better CPU in your computer, rather than go through the process of overclocking and buying better cooling systems? Sure.

There is a challenge and enjoyment for some people in getting more functionality of devices you own.

Foub said,
Wouldn't it be cheaper just to buy a full low end laptop with that already in it? After all, they're only $50 more than the EEE PC on average.

Well if you ever carried around a sack of potatoes...I mean a very low end laptop, you would know why one would rather do this.

markjensen said,
Wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy a better CPU in your computer, rather than go through the process of overclocking and buying better cooling systems? Sure.

I did. I went from a 2.4 GHz Celeron CPU to a 3.4 GHZ P4 one and I got the better cooler fan (http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Cooler/Retail/a1715/a1715.asp) at more than half off as well last Summer. Didn't cost all that much either for the lot. Runs NFS ProStreet, at full, quite well in my XP partition.

zivan56 said,
Well if you ever carried around a sack of potatoes...I mean a very low end laptop, you would know why one would rather do this.

Yeah, the terrible stain of carrying around a couple kilos.

I never understood how people know how to do this... it has to take a lot of time and knowladge of which IC's do what and their pinouts... and exactly how everything is connected... I'd never want to attempt it even though I know digital circuits relatively well...