Samsung NC10 second PCI-e slot hack

Chris Davies - Jan 25, 2010
Samsung NC10 second PCI-e slot hack

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.


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