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What is this? (Laptop prototype)

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May 15, 2010 5:59:29 PM

A friend of mine happened across a prototype laptop a few months ago. In an effort to keep him out of trouble, let's just say it was *not* an HP Firefly. ::wink::

Well, it boots up and works, but the 19" 1080p screen is very dim. He wants to take out the CPU (Socket P), RAM (200-pin), and video card and shove them all into a desktop case/mobo. The problem is the video card... we don't recognize the slot.

It registers as PCIe in the OS, but I feel like it's a proprietary connection made just for this laptop. It's a Radeon 3870 x2 Mobility, so I know he can always replace it with something else if it's too much trouble... but we figured we'd see if there was an info out there first...

So, what connector/port/slot is this? Thanks!

http://i44.tinypic.com/20s7ic1.jpg (slot on mobo)
http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/6029/photo3dk.jpg (edge of card)

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May 16, 2010 7:12:19 AM

I've never heard of someone using laptop internals with a desktop motherboard. I'm not going to say it's impossible, but...

Why not use the laptop motherboard?

These things register as PCI-E because that's the type of connection it is, but the physical pins and sockets tend to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. It does look kinda MXM-ish, but... who knows?
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