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How to Install, Replace and Repair Internal Modems of Laptops and Notebooks

How to install, replace or repair internal modems (miniPCI cards as well as their predecessors) of laptops and notebooks. Here is a collection of do-it-yourself instructions. If you have written a free do-it-yourself HOWTO yourself (or if you know of a guide not linked here), please submit a new entry.

Analog Modems

Apple PowerBook 1xx Memory upgrade, hard disk upgrade, modem installation, keyboard exchange (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo 2xx Memory upgrade, keyboard exchange, hard disk upgrade, modem installation, backup battery replacement (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Overclocking, cleaning the keyboard, changing the CAPS LOCK light to a red LED, adding a hard drive activity light, adding a ADB port in place of the modem, repairing the AC adapter port.
Apple PowerBook 5xx Memory and hard disk upgrade, keyboard exchange, modem installation, CPU upgrade (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Schematics of the internal Express Modem card (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Jumper settings of the internal Express Modem card (in Japanese).
ASUS Eee PC 701 4G The modem port is covered with a piece of black foam and not used, but the internal connection points are still there and supported in BIOS 8804. To install a modem card, two wires from the internal header have to be run down to the Mobile Daughter Card - MDC slot.
Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook B-2154 Upgrade and repair RAM, Modem and Ethernet Socket Cover, Power Socket.
Panasonic ToughBook CF-M34 The is available with CDPD wireless data capability. This comprises an internal Sierra SB300 modem, an antenna mounted on the screen, and some intermediate cabling and connectors. The internal wireless card, is more or less a PCMCIA type-III device, but instead of a 68-pin connector on the end, there's a flat ribbon cable bringing signal to it from the motherboard. Take apart pictures and a proprosal to junk the 56k modem and put a MiniPCI wireless card in the slot.
Siemens SimPad Disassembly and integration of a BlueTooth module. These instructions show how to replace the internal DECT modem with a bluetooth interface leaving the PCMCIA slot free for other purposes and needing far less energy than a WLAN card.

HSDPA Modems

Samsung Q1 Ultra This blog claims to have a Sierra mini PCI Express HSDPA modem attached inside the case.
ASUS Eee PC 701 How to install an internal 3G HSDPA card inside the notebook.

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