Modding the Acer Aspire One – HSDPA

Welcome to part 3 of a multi-part post on moddng the Acer Aspire One!

In part 1, I showed how to take the Aspire One apart, how to upgrade the RAM, and how to add internal Bluetooth. In part 2, I showed how to replace the SSD with a 1.8″ PATA hard drive and how to reassemble the Aspire One…

In this part, I demonstrate how to add internal 3G to the Aspire One (specifically HSDPA). Here’s another video and additional pictures that cover the process – enjoy :)

First, I’d like to apologize to those who have been waiting patiently for this mod. Since I posted parts 1 & 2, I’ve been quite busy with work and other distractions, such as Burning Man and my trip to Finland. To make matters more difficult, some of the parts I ordered took 2 months to be delivered.

Second, this mod was pretty difficult, but it was definitely worth it. Some things, like soldering the missing mini-PCIe connector, only required the right skill and equipment. Other things, like getting power to the mini-PCIe card and wiring up the SIM holder, required a lot of trial and error.

DISCLAIMER: If you’re not experienced doing precision soldering with a fine-tipped, temperature-controlled iron, using soldering wick & flux, as well as proper magnification, then I suggest you avoid this mod. I’m not responsible if you damage anything. In fact, one of my SIMs was destroyed in the making of this mod.

Parts list:
– Right-angle, 9 mm height mini-PCIe connector
– Push-push, 6 pin SIM holder
– Multi-band antenna with cable and U.FL connector
– Unlocked mini-PCIe 3G (HSUPA/HSDPA/EDGE/GPRS) card

1) Solder the mini-PCIe connector. By default there’s no power to the connector until you install this jumper.

2) Chances are you’ll have to modify the SIM holder to match this pinout. Be creative! If you’re lucky to find the right SIM holder, just solder it on and email me the manufacturer/part #. I’d like to thank JKK for providing me with a physically (but not electrically, oops) compatible SIM holder. By default there’s no power to the SIM holder, until you install this jumper.

3) If you completely dismantle and insulate this antenna, it fits next to the WiFi card under the palm rest inside the screen lid (see update below)…

4) Inside the Sierra Wireless/AT&T AirCard 875U or 881U USB modem there’s a mini-PCIe 3G card. Who knew? If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, unlocked 875U or 881U, go here or there.

5) You’ll have to tape pin 20 on the mini-PCIe 3G card. Once again, I’d like to thank JKK for this tip. File the plastic cover of the wireless switch so it can slide both the right and to the left (see update below). That’s it, you’re done :)

The pictures show the end result. I used the mini-PCIe card from my Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U together with the Sierra Wireless 3G Watcher. With this mod, I managed 2084 Kbps down and 347 Kbps up. That’s very good!

In part 4, I’ll be adding eSATA to the Aspire One, so keep reading…

Update: Since originally doing this mod, I’ve relocated the antenna from under the palm rest to inside the screen lid for better performance.

Also, thanks to various people’s comments on various other posts that have linked to my mod, I’ve been able to remove the tape from pin 20 on the mini-PICe 3G card, and use the wireless switch to turn HSDPA radio on/off…

The wireless switch is actually a 2-way switch – slide it to the right and it turns WiFi on/off, slide it to the left and it turns the HSDPA radio on/off (see video). By default it can only slide to the right to turn the WiFi on/off until you file the plastic cover, thus allowing it to also slide to the left!

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162 Responses to Modding the Acer Aspire One – HSDPA

  1. […] is back with part three of her Acer Aspire One hacking. This time she’s adding in 3G. You may look at the picture the above and think, “Cake. […]

  2. George says:

    Aww Blast!

    It was only last night that I decided to go ahead with this mod myself and order the parts – only I went for a small USB 3g adaptor, and was going to hack it up with a similar push-push sim slot and 3g antenna (basically a variant of your BT mod).

    Oh well, I can still order the PCIe slot/card and give this one a go instead. It seems a much neater way of doing things.

    I’m surprised it works though – there seemed to be a number of missing components around the PCI-e slot when I took a look at the board during an HD swap. I had assumed many other components would be required to get the slot functional.

    Anyway – many thanks for posting this up.

    It looks like the Sim slot I’ve gone for is slightly different from yours. I’ll let you know if it’s compatible.

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  4. Steve-O says:

    Would this mod also work for the Dell Mini 9? except that it wouldnt require the sim card slot since there is already one behind the battery? Thanks in advance for your help.

  5. Netphreak says:

    Would it be possible to use the 3G card JKK used in his post with the built in SIM card, rather than install a secondary SIM card adapter? Or is there no room for the added bulk of that adapter? Beautiful hacks, I can’t wait to do these to my own One.

  6. […] is back with part three of her Acer Aspire One hacking. This time she’s adding in 3G. You may look at the picture the above and think, “Cake. […]

  7. Population96 says:

    This is probably a stupid question, but I haven’t ever worked with or even used SIM cards. But if you use an unlocked SIM card for internet use, is it free? Or do you still have to pay per month?

    Great job with these mods, was looking around for a better way to get Bluetooth on the Aspire One when I stumbled onto this site. Alot of great stuff on here. Keep up the good work!

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  14. Wing says:

    This is very cool. Do you mind to tell us where you get your parts? And also, I am with t-mobile in NY and not plan to change it. Do you see any mini pcie operate at 1700/2100 frequency? thanks.

  15. […] I first saw this post from tnkgrl, I was beside myself with excitement: hacking the Acer Aspire One to have built-in […]

  16. […] TnkGrl Mobile (who, incidentally, is our new favourite tech crush – sorry JKKMobile) has all the deets, so if you’re handy with the soldering iron and laugh in the face of warranty agreements you’re good to go. […]

  17. […] Modding the Acer Aspire One – HSDPA Welcome to part 3 of a multi-part post on moddng the Acer Aspire One! In part 1, I showed how to take the Aspire One […] […]

  18. […] on to part three of her Aspire One modding-spree, she shows us how to put HSDPA into the Aspire One for 3G connectivity. Amateurs be warned: this is not a simple RAM upgrade, but if you still feel up […]

  19. Zibri says:

    If you get an 881U (usb) sierrawireless datacard and you open it, you will find a MC8781 inside..
    That module has also a GPS inside it.
    And I found a way to enable it even on disabled at&t cards :)
    About FULL speed HSDPA/HSUPA, go read on http://www.zibri.org

  20. Marc says:

    I suspect that the SIM Card connector you need for this is an FCI connector either 10056619-009LF or 10056619-109LF. Have a look at http://www.fciconnect.com to have a look at these connectors.

    • jwseymo says:

      I don’t think they have it anymore.. Try looking for both 10056619-009lf and 10056619-109lf all around and can’t found one..

  21. […] hat nun im dritten Teil ihres Acer Aspire One Moddings ein HSDPA-Modem in den dafür vorgesehenen Slot eingebaut. Dafür […]

  22. Ramon says:

    Hi tnkgrl!

    First very impressive work! I wish I was as electronical gifted as you are ;) Well that said, I have taken a gamble and tried the mod, well not the whole mod, I just soldered the mini pci-e adapter to the board, the installed the bridge to power the mini pci-e port. I don’t have a 3G mini pci-e card yes but I do want to try if my soldering was correct so I thought I install the wireless adapter in that slot, I turn the One on. It boots to vista but in the device manager nothing shows up! I then tried to tape of pin 20, but still no luck. Is my soldering bad or do I need to tape of another pin on the acer one wifi adapter?

    Thank you for you response and keep up the good work!

  23. cica says:

    Hi tnkgrl-

    This is the mod I’ve been waiting for. Really dumb question: If I only intend to use EVDO, can I skip the whole sim card part of the mod?

    Keep up the great work.

  24. Serg says:

    Hi, Thkgrl

    Can you confirm that part 4 eSATA will be added?

    Many thank for the posts. It helped me a lot to upgrade my AAO)

    BR, Serg

  25. cica says:

    I found an in-stock miniPCI connector at http://www.mouser.com.
    Search for part #67910-0001

  26. Mark says:

    Just stumbled(not with stumble) on your site when I was looking for information on the Aspire One. Really enjoyed what I’ve read so far and plan to come back alot. The only thing I want to know is why the guy at CNET UK has an Aspire One with the HSPDA installed from the factory and why do we have to mod the silly thing in the US? Thanks.

  27. endorendil says:

    IT could be much easier to buy the Novatel Wireless EU850D modem, which has the SIM holder on the modem (if it fits in the case). For that modem, I know that pin20 can be disabled by a software tool.

  28. Kent Faulring says:

    Has anyone done a 2Gb upgrade (2.5Gb) with on board ram???

  29. mastman says:

    Kent – While researching the Aspire One, I recall seeing that the BIOS would NOT recognize 2GB. I went w/ a 1 gb stick from newegg ($14 total) and will try the mod in the next day or two.

  30. midiwall says:

    @kent: it won’t work. The Aspire One uses an Intel 945GSE chipset which only supports 2gb of RAM. ref: http://ark.intel.com/chipset.aspx?familyID=35553

  31. Le Tigre says:

    hey – i’m thought about doing the soldering to upgrade my aa1 with a second and faster ssd. seems like runcore and mydigitalssd are selling quite cheap mini pci ex ssds.

    but they are all specific for different computers. like eee / dell ins. mini.

    now i’m asking myself, if the pinout will be the same with all of these cards and if i arrive at soldering a card holder to the board, will it accept these cards?

    anyone any hints?

  32. sdf_beanhead says:

    Does anyone know where to buy the sim card socket, or the miniPCI-e connector? Samples are all out.

  33. krayzi3f0ol says:

    just as sdf_beanhead stated, “Does anyone know where to buy the sim card socket, or the miniPCI-e connector? Samples are all out.” I’ve tried contacting several electronics supplier with none in stock.

  34. RC says:

    As I understand, there will be a hole in the mini-pci to put the SIM in, then why we need SIM Holder to holder ?

  35. […] The third posting – including links to parts 1 and 2 – is posted here Modding the Acer Aspire One – HSDPA « tnkgrl Mobile […]

  36. Larry Evers says:

    midiwall, does that mean you can install a 2 gb stick but it will only recognize 2 gb not 2.5 gb?

  37. […] lettore di sim card ed il connettore per la scheda PCI Express!! In rete è possibile trovare già diverse guide (qui un’ altra) che illustrano tutti i passaggi necessari per poter rendere pienamente […]

  38. dimi says:

    I tried to replace WiFi card on existing mini PCIE slot with EVDO Novatel E720 mini PCIE card and the One won’t post. This card has integrated GPS and will be great addition to AA1. Compatible with Linux and MacOSX will fit perfectly into my triple boot machine. Any suggestions?

  39. Dustin says:

    Would it be reasonable to assume that once the Mini PCI plug is soldered, ANY Mini PCI card could be used (for which drivers exist).

    For example: http://cgi.ebay.com/Expedite-E720-3-1-Mbps-PCI-Express-Mini-Card-for-Sprint_W0QQitemZ270311139578QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCC_Modems?hash=item270311139578&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A570%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1308%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

    I’d prefer staying with my current provider, Sprint. Also, no SIM card to worry about.

  40. Egor says:

    Nice mod! But I wonder, can it be peformed on linux version?

  41. narra2 says:

    Well, my Aspire one is running on Windows XP Home Edition. How I can I upgrade the OS to WinXP Pro? It wont boot to an external DVD drive nor a USB flashdisk.

  42. jason says:

    when you say it won’t boot via external DVD drive… try plugging in the external DVD drive, rebooting, then press F10 to change which device the Aspire boots from. You should see an option with a description that sounds somewhat like your external DVD drive. And it may even say usb DVD drive or something similar.

    Ok. Party on Wayne.

  43. […] committed to 2-years of contract. You’ll have to get hold of a 3G netbook somehow though or do a mod which makes the process fiddly and time consuming. Alternatively, there’s the tethering or […]

  44. narra2 says:

    Hey! Now I can upgrade my OS to WXP Pro. Thanks to jason!! XP Pro, here I come…..

  45. Fábio says:

    I sent you an email, only PATA/ZIF hard drives works on acer aspire one? ATA interface like Toshiba MK2004GAL or Toshiba MK4004GAH works too? Thanks for your time.

  46. Wing says:

    has been looking around internet for quite a while now…
    still can’t find a reseller selling the 9mm right angle mini pci express connector and the 6pin push-push sim holder…
    can anyone offer some help? i really want to do this mod to my aspire one.
    my newly bought mc8775 wwan card has been sitting on my desk doing nothing for a some time already…
    thanks.

  47. TW says:

    I ordered the PCI-e connector that cica suggested above (part# 67910-0001 at mouser.com), had my computer apart, soldering iron in hand…. and realized that it was only 4mm tall. I called Mouser and they told me they would be happy to sell me a 9mm connector… in quantities of 300. Augh! I can’t find one either.

  48. tom says:

    Hello,
    thanks a lot for the wonderful job.
    I’m stil looking for the exact reference and were to buy :
    sim card holder
    mini pci conector
    for Aspire one.
    any help will be highly appreicated
    thanks again

  49. Alex says:

    FYI, you can order a “sample” of the 0679109000 mini pci-e connector from Molex for free (free shipping included)

    Samples directly from the manufacturer are sometimes 10x faster then from a electronics supplier since they maybe out of stock and don’t want to order only one from Molex.

  50. tom says:

    thanks for the answer

  51. ricardo says:

    hi.i ve already put a 160 gb sata hdd in my acer one.it work just perfect.its easy to do this midifications,just need a 22 pins sata connector to solder in the board and put a jumper for the 5 volts and its donne!

  52. […] Broadcom module, point the browser to following post, or visit tnkgrl blog for her DIY HSDPA mode.  As  for Intel there is one interesting guide at AAO forum which […]

  53. Bill says:

    I applaud tnkgrl and others who have published their efforts and “How to Mod” guides for the AA1. I want to perform the 3G Mod on my new AA1 too but am having a very hard time finding the parts. As others have already aired, the 9mm PCIe mini connector is nowhere to be found in stock. The SIM card connector in tnkgrl’s instructions says 6 pin SIM connector, but the AA1 motherboard has 8 pin pads for an 8 pin SIM connector. So I don’t know which SIM connector type to use (if I can find one). All the 9mm PCIe mini connectors are out of stock and obsolete at MOLEX Inc.
    So, tnkgrl and others who have performed this mod successfully, can you please rely and tell us where you were able to get these parts? Thank You so much!

  54. Bill says:

    I wish someone would answer on where they got the parts from. Will a 5.7mm height PCIE mini connector work in the Acer Aspire One? I got the 4mm high one and it is too low to clear the compartment. Time and money wasted. Where to get the 9mm PCIE mini connector tnkgrl? Do you have extra spares to sell? Thank You!

  55. tnkgrl says:

    @Bill & others

    All you have to do is click on the links in my post where I describe the parts I used…

    Mini-PCIe connector
    SIM holder (be aware however that I have not yet sourced the right SIM holder so I just hacked one to work)
    The antenna

    Then, all you have to do is order samples from these manufacturers (except for the antenna – I purchased mine). That’s it!

    It is not rocket science – just click on the links :)

  56. Bill says:

    Thanks for replying tnkgrl! FYI, in case you have not checked the Molex link lately, it says this particular pcie mini connector is ‘Obsolete’. I did put in an order for a sample of each connector type anyway to see if maybe they will ship a left over part in their inventory. We’ll see. Do you have any idea if the 5.7mm high PCIE mini connector will fit properly in the AAO by any chance or is it also too low? Much thanks and appreciation for your great work and sharing with us!

  57. Ken says:

    Hey there, I’m typing this from my AA1.
    I’m getting ready to install a 1.8″ from an IPOD. Then I want to do a Wireless Card modification much similar to this.

    I’m a business sprint user and was wondering if it’s possible to do this mod with any of the sprint evdo wireless usb cards?

    Ifyou have any ideas, please let me know :-)

  58. G says:

    Hi.

    Did anyone manage to get 9mm height connectors? I also tried Molex, but obselete with no remaining stock!!

    Does the 5.6mm height work in the AAO?

    Cheers.

  59. Evelon187 says:

    I was wondering what is the maximum clearance for the hard drive? I want to put one of those 240gb hard drives and its 8mm thick so I was just wondering if that would still fit

  60. Dennid says:

    I am about to buy a Acer Aspire One 10” I want the 3g, is it possible to use your mod on it, or is the body too different. I don’t really want to go to Radioshack and see if they’ll install the 3g components, the ad so far look like a big rip off.

  61. Dennid says:

    oh yea, If I can do your mod, can I get that plan from a phone service without getting a 3g phone, I don’t want to spend another 400 dollars needlessly. I enjoyed your mod vids, they are very cool, I’m a novice just starting out with electronics.

  62. danimellow says:

    sorry about my poor english, i upgraded my aspire one with an ipod 80gb 1,8″ hdd.
    the bios recognize it but the xp installation says can´t acces to disk and sow an blue screen of death.
    i try low level format the drive but i can´t cause an error says password protected, i don´t put any password and the ipod runs ok.

  63. theden84 says:

    Tnkgrl can you tell me if it is possible to mod the acer aspire 10”, I really want to try for the bluetooth and 3g on the newer model, but they changed the internal structure. Can you get back to me on this, and possible tell me how to do it?

    If you want respond by email.Thanks I appreciate any effort on this, I know you did a great job on the Aspire one 8.9”

    • tnkgrl says:

      @theden84

      I don’t have the new 10″ Acer Aspire One and until I can get my hands on one (ie. until my budget allows me to get one or someone can buy/lend me one). there’s nothing I can do to help you… I don’t know what it looks like inside!

  64. Danimellow says:

    Tnkgrl sorry about my poor english, i upgraded my aspire one with an ipod 80gb 1,8″ hdd.
    the bios recognize it but the xp installation says can´t acces to disk and sow an blue screen of death.
    i try low level format the drive but i can´t cause an error says password protected, i don´t put any password and the ipod runs ok.

    i think it needs low level format or similar, do you know how to make it run?

  65. Mark says:

    Tnkgrl,

    I’d just like to say a big thank you for your video on modding the Aspire One. The video helped me BIG TIME! I would’nt have even opened it up if it wasnt for your video. I completed what I needed to do and put it back together … 100% sucess Thanks!!

    Mark UK

  66. […] mod that allows you to use the WiFi switch to turn on/off the 3G mobile broadband as well (see part 3 of her modding […]

  67. […] you to replace the Aspire’s solid-state drive (SSD) with a hard drive. Part 3 is a biggie, covering the addition of an internal HSDPA 3G modem. The latest part in the series shows how to add an internal eSATA port to the Aspire. That’s […]

  68. Miamijerry says:

    There is a “lead free” alternate P/N for 9mm mini PCIe connector from Molex, Lead free P/N 67910-9001

    67910-9001 is scheduled for obsolescence, but that is better then 67910-9000 which is already obsolete.

  69. wadragunov says:

    I tried to get the lead free part(67910-9001) from Molex and was told it was no longer available. They sent me 4 mm parts instead.

  70. Wing says:

    Hi tnkgrl,
    Does that switch function right after you cut the case and remove the tape on pin 20?
    That is very nice to know about. Thank you for the information. :)

    P.S. I am still looking for a mini pci-e connector and sim holder to test my soldering skill… :(

  71. Ken says:

    Hey, I can not locate Molex connector 0679109000.
    I want t add a sprint Mini PCI connector to my Acer – but am unable to locate the part #. I’ve tried ordering a sample from Molex, but they say they’re out of connectors!

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

  72. Miamijerry says:

    I installed the 5.9 mm high connector from mouser.com (P/N 656-MM60-52B1-E1-R)

    Had to remove the 3G shelf in the lower case and move it .075 higher, while shaving .075 off both the motherboard and daughter board’s mounting bosses.

    My Sim card readers P/N SPPN06A000040 arrived today. Getting closer…

  73. nyquist says:

    @Miamijerry

    When you get the chance to, please share where you found SPPN06A000040 and what your success has been been in implementing it. Once I’ve seen this work out in totality for someone without having to be MacGyvered (i don’t feel like modding a sim card adapter), I’ll be ordering the parts.

    Also, to all, Looks like 67910-0001 is available from mouser but you need to request a quote, whereas 67910-0002 is available to order no prob. I’ve tried to access the datasheets but they seem offline at the moment. My experience tells me that it’s likely a different size.

    Anyone?

  74. Miamijerry says:

    67910-0001 and -0002 are 4.0 mm tall. Acer used 9.0 mm tall. 5.9 was very hard to MacGyver, but 4.0 would be impossible.

    a 9.2 mm tall mPCI-e connector is available, P/N 119A-92C00-R. I have some coming, will report if they are .2mm too high.

    SPPN06A000040 and all sim readers I found require MacGyvering due to Acer’s backwards layout of the connections on the motherboard. Email me at trudelle@email.com with email subject of “SPPN06A000040 source request”. Just so you know, it is expensive to get a couple from china.

  75. Duder says:

    I find it somewhat ironic that the hardest mod to do should, technically be the simplist (seeing though the AA1 is already set up for 3G as there’s a compartment for the module and a Sim slot in the casing under the battery).
    I wonder if you’ll be able to buy a 3G module specifically designed to fit the case, or whether you can get your old non-3G’s upgraded.

  76. Miamijerry says:

    @Duder
    Any mini PCI-e 3g module will fit. As Tnkgrl pointed out the Sierra Wireless Aircards 875U and 881U have MC8775 and MC8781 Mini PCI-e cards inside.

    Upgrading a Non-3G to 3G, is a Do It Yourself project at this time.

    I may offer my surplus parts for sale as a kit at some point, when I complete the three I started.

  77. Naptastic says:

    This is awesome!! How hard would it be to add an outboard Expresscard receptacle? I would love to use my Aspire One with my RME HDSPe Expresscard.

  78. Miamijerry says:

    @ Naptastic

    At this point in time there are no available PCI bus lines on the motherboard to add an Expresscard. Besides that there is the physical requirements of finding space for the card and connector.

    I am working on adding a third Mini PCI-e slot in the bottom of the Aspire One for a USB mini PCI-e card. It is a pretty straight forward modification.

  79. Duder says:

    @Miamijerry

    I meant one that allows you to insert a sim card through the slot under the battery. Although I opened up my AA1 last night and couldn’t see how it could be done as there are too many physical obstructions between the module compartment and that hole. I may, and often are, wrong.

  80. Duder says:

    I’m not sure I’m brave enough to go with this mod at the moment, but I may see if I can get my hands on a cheap USB PAYG 3G dongle and see if I can hook that up. Apparently there’s a built in USB hub with the touchscreen kit I’ve ordered, so I should be able to hook it up somehow.

  81. tom says:

    hello, at last I seceeded to add sata samsung 2,5 in 500gb
    it works perfect!!!! but too thick !!!
    the issue is to add 3G it is a problem now as the card is a little bit high!!!
    I think I have the wrong pci conector not possible to install the 3G module

  82. miamijerry says:

    The connectors arrived and the 9.2mm connector (119A-92C00-R) fits fine.

  83. Bill says:

    miamijerry, where did you order your 9.2mm connector from? Searched and see no consumer outlet selling them.

  84. Jacob says:

    Awesome mods… I installed the ram and was looking to put in the bluetooth soon, but I ended up falling on my laptop (fell off my mtbike onto my backpack..).

    Now the screen is just a clump of vertical lines… Ubuntu (my OS) loads properly, I can hear the welcome tune after I boot, but the screen only shows the vertical lines… do I need a new screen or am I just jacked? There is no visible damage to the screen.

  85. miamijerry says:

    @ Bill

    Email everyone at Attend Technology (Google 119A-92C00-R). Request 10 each as samples. Sell what you have left over.

    You still have to get the Sim reader.

  86. Bill says:

    @ miamijerry
    Thanks, I had already done that. But their webpage ordering cart does not seem to work. I used “Contact us” on their site to write a request for two samples but after hitting to submit, the page gave an error. I did however get an email generated back to me, so let’s see if they respond. I’ve not heard back from them. How long did it take for them to reply or respond to you?

  87. miamijerry says:

    @ Bill

    email me and I will give you their direct email address. trudelle@email.com

  88. tom says:

    Hello Bill,
    please would you send me one I participate on the cost.
    I also orderd to Molex but no answer yet!! 3 weeks!!!!
    Kind regards

  89. Bill says:

    tom, well it cost $20 to have them shipped to me from Taiwan. I received them but have not begun to reopen my Acer PC to solder it in place yet. I am waiting to see if I can get the proper SIM connector now first and then open it up and put them both in.
    If you are willing to split the cost plus mailing to you, I will send you one sample 9.2mm PCIe mini connector.

  90. Bill says:

    miamijerry, yes I got my supposedly free samples but they really were not free as they charged me shipping from Taiwan to the states! Most other manufacturers or suppliers I believe ship free samples for free. But I don’t mind as long as you are sure this 9.2mm fits and works well in the Acer Aspire One 8.9″ display model. I have not tried to fit it in yet. I don’t have the proper SIM connector. I got two different SIM free samples from somewhere a while back but they don’t mate. I have to figure out if I can hack it and maybe rewire the pins properly (like Tnkgirl did. But my SIM samples are different from hers, so I would need to be careful to figure out what pins go to where on the motherboard.

  91. miamijerry says:

    I have a picture showing the Sim Reader wiring here; http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=13518&p=85018#p85018

    Yes, I had to pay for the samples.

  92. Bill says:

    Thanks for your info miamijerry. Your depiction of rewiring your particular SIM card is very helpful to show the concept of how to do it. I have different SIM card samples (both 6 pin and 8 pin samples) that are different than yours. I will have to see if they physically fit and mate well in the AAO once I get around to opening the dang thing again. I just bought a 500GB Hitachi drive, got the 9.2mm PCIe mini connector, have a couple of sample SIM connectors and now I have to look for the antenna and the PCIe express card to purchase. What a project. I also have to go to Radio Shack now and hope they have the really fine stranded wires needed to rewire the SIM card! :-)

  93. tom says:

    Hello,
    I have mini pci connector 9,2 mm willing to exchange with the right sim holder!

  94. Siberian says:

    Кто нибудь нашел правильный Sim holder?

  95. Siberian says:

    Who has a right Sim holder?

  96. miamijerry says:

    Here is a pictures of the Sim Reader rewiring and the Wifi button mod. Also there is a mPCIe pinout chart.

    http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=13518&p=85018#p85018

  97. miamijerry says:

    Molex 0483380090 is the right height. I have gotten samples but Molex has not provided pricing…

    Side by side with the Attend 119A-92C00-R, the only difference I see is the size of the contact area the pins have with the circuit board. Molex part the pins are shorter and narrower at the circuit board, I have not installed any 0483380090’s yet, but it would appear the part would be equal to the Attend part. Maybe easier to solder but also maybe easier to damage a pin.

  98. Fei8Lo says:

    How much is shipping for any of the pcie sockets. I want to order the samples from molex, but I dont want to be charged a rediculous amount for shipping on my account. All I have is a FedEx account that is not mine.

    Anyone have an extra PCIe conector that they will sell me in the states?

  99. miamijerry says:

    Molex did not charge me shipping on samples. but Attend ran a $100.00 Fedex shipping charge.

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  101. Fei8Lo says:

    I just installed the extra PCIE socket into the Aspire one. I am pretty sure all the connections work. I tried running a Dell bluetooth module in it but it doesnt even detect the module. I have installed my cheap ebay bluetooth module in the pcie socket and it detects it over the usb portion. Is there any reason I cannont get the Dell pcie bluetooth module to work?

    I have 9 extra connectors if anybody wants them. Just pay the shipping and its yours.

  102. miamijerry says:

    @ Fei8lo – My guess is that the Dell PCIE bluetooth module is working off the PCI bus, which is not present on the 3G connector of the AAO.

  103. Cameron says:

    Hi.

    I am having a similar mod being done to my dellmini9 (install of internal modem).

    You have mentioned that you have relocated the antenna from under the palm rest to inside the screen lid for better performance.

    Can you advise exactly where inside the screen lid you placed this antenna?

    Also, how many antennae did you install?

    Cameron

  104. Paul says:

    I was wondering if anyone had any extra sim holders. I am looking to do this mod and I would like to avoid buying 4 holders when I only need one. Please let me know.

    Thanks.

    • Erik says:

      Do you know if the SIM holder can be soldered straight on the board of an Aspire One 110? Or if there is a mismatch with the pinlayout that require wiring?

      Thanks Erik

  105. Giorgio italy says:

    hello TNKGRL
    I make to you my compliments for your guide!Me unfortunately in photo I don’t succeed in precisely seeing where I must settle the reader of sim card!this is my email:
    Lordgiorgio@alice.it
    thanks

  106. Jason Chan says:

    Is the jumper bridged using a piece of wire or is there supposed to be a capacitor on there?

  107. Giorgio italy says:

    hello
    the capacitor or the thread as they must be put?thanks

  108. AndyS says:

    Did anybody manage to find a direct pinout match part for the sim card holder?

    I have soldered in the mini pcie connector cleanly (which you would think is the hardest part of this mod).

    Unfortunately whilst attempting to solder the short patch wires to the sim card holder I managed to trash it so need to order a new one (luckily I was soldering the wires to the sim holder before soldering them to the motherboard). I’d rather not go through that again if an easier route is available – ie a pin compatible part.

    regards

    andy.

  109. reac86hun says:

    hi!
    this mod is possible on Timeline 1410/1810, and the new tablet 1820p series?
    i cant understand why these models doesnt have 3g inside version… fcuk

  110. Phoenix says:

    anyone know where I can get a SIM holder from?

  111. coco says:

    Hello,for sim holder
    buy any physical compatible SIM holder
    but be careful to cross 2 by 2 the conections
    you need only 6 wires.

  112. good__guy says:

    To be able to use the max 2gb ram – would disabling the on board 512mb work? This is an awful idea – but would physically slicing off the on-board ram work? Assuming every electrical trace is successfully open?

    • tom says:

      I still have one PCI conector 9,2 mm.
      also a used sim holder (I removed it from my son netbook, he is not using HSPDA)
      I did this mode five times! in all and works perfectly

  113. giuseppe says:

    Hi ,

    I heard that with MC8775V / MC8781V ,unlocked for voice functions,is possible to use Acer AspireONE as a cellulare phone and making calls.
    The tips is an hardware connection between the analogic audio OUT of MC8775V/MC8781V and the INPUT of
    audio card of AOA150bw.
    Does anybody know the how-to ??
    Thanks ,kind regards to everybody

  114. Hardan says:

    The miniPCIe is only for 3G cards or will work with another modules as SSD, HD decoder or any type???

  115. Phoenix says:

    For anyone that’s going to try this on the D150:

    The SIM pinout is:

    (left to right looking from the mini PCIe slot)
    NC VCC GND RST VPP CLK I/O

    Most SIM holders should just solder straight on.

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  117. Toko Online says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. I’ll try this carefully. Hope i’m not found any problem. Thanks.

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  119. Tiny says:

    I have tried the mod on Samsung N220 but still not go live yet! need jumper to power the pci-e and SIM holder. Any comment?

  120. Luca says:

    hi guy’s…
    I would like to try to modded my acer aspire one 751h without modem.. has someone of you tried to add a modem with sim card? is the old mod valid with 3g modems?
    I can use rework and solder station !!
    can you help me?

  121. Germs says:

    i soldered the mini pcie connector an soldered the jumper for power on my aoa150. i have installed a broadcom hd encoder and the wireless card from the other pcie slot and none are detected in windows. what did i do wrong? thanks

  122. hi guys, i’ve been installed netbook acer aoa150 zg 5 to windows 7 enterprise and try to looking for 3g driver qualcomm-hs-usb for win 7 ?, all device detected and workiing fine only 3G device undetected, do you know where’s i can find right driver for 3G device ?

    thanks
    masageng andreansyah

  123. Germs says:

    This is exactly the info I was searching for. Hey Hans which usb only pcie card do you have? Thanks Guys!

  124. Mark says:

    Nice post!

  125. qlue says:

    I’ve finally found a local source for this modem and it’s ZAR3000!! I can get a new AOA150 for only ZAR2000 (but no 3G)
    Or I can upgrade to the Samsung, except I’ve already done so much on this one that it seems like selling out to buy another Netbook! :lol:.

  126. parfum says:

    wow i will buy it

  127. […] So you’ve got an Acer Aspire One netbook with WiFi, Ethernet, and just about anything you could need to connect to the internet – as long as you’re near a LAN or WiFi hotspot. But what if you want to make your netbook truly mobile. Like connect to a 3G cellular network mobile? Luckily Tnkgrl Mobile has you covered. […]

  128. mattcony says:

    Hello, i have the Aspire One D255 model and the mini PCi-e connector required is smaller than the 9.5mm one used.

    Does anyone know where i can order one online ?

    Thanks

    • Hans says:

      I got samples from molex. The P/N’s were:
      Part Number 1: 483380090
      Part Number 2: 483380085

      These are two different sizes, I remember that they had a third size also.

      Regards,

      Hans

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  130. tm says:

    Careful. I have a KAV60 and the boards are totally different to the ones shown in the guide. I am not convinced the SIM pinout is the same in my model. It also has a pre-existing 3g mini PCI-e connector with access hatch.

    To add to the confusion there is currently an eBay seller selling the connectors and SIM slots marketed for both eee901 and Aspire One.

    I purchased one of the push push slots from them. It seems to be a Proconn SPPN08-A0-5000. It would appear that it is a direct fit for the 901, but the pinout is totally different to the one listed for the Aspire One.

    Again I will say that my board is totally different, and I can’t make a statement either way until I can get my case apart. One failed attempt so far. It is assembled differently to the One in the mods.

    I really want to get in there and test a few pins and trace some tracks to see what is correct for mine.

  131. Chris Howarth says:

    Just Modded my Acer Aspire One with 80gig Toshiba drive – works a treat – thanks to all on here for the advice

  132. i’m trying to find those items in Europe:
    – Right-angle, 9 mm height mini-PCIe connector
    – Push-push, 6 pin SIM holder
    – Multi-band antenna with cable and U.FL connector

    but there’s nowhere to find them…. any ideas where to buy these things? :(

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