The difference between brave and foolhardy is how successful you end up, and by that measure Samsung NC10 owner Graeme is pretty darn brave. Wanting to add a Broadcom HD decoder card – for buttery smooth 1080p HD playback – to his netbook, but not willing to abandon the wireless card occupying its sole PCI-e slot, Graeme took a soldering iron to the NC10 and added a second slot.
It was helped by the fact that the NC10’s mainboard already had the holes and wiring for a second PCI-e port, which Samsung themselves didn’t take advantage of. Potential obstacles included the NC10 BIOS reportedly not taking kindly to a second PCI-e device, not to mention having to solder each of those tiny pins in place, but in the end everything worked as Graeme hoped. The end result? Next-gen netbook performance from his existing machine.