Replacing UX's WWAN (EDGE) module with CF slot

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Replacing UX's WWAN (EDGE) module with CF slot

Postby technogeekchris » Sat Apr 19, 2008 04:38

[SIZE="3"]REPLACING UX's WWAN MODULE with CF Card Slot[/SIZE]

Owner's of UXs who are not in need of their UX's WWAN module can replace their WWAN Modules with a CF Card Reader.

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Howwever, you will need to buy some parts to make it possible.

[SIZE="3"]REQUIRED PARTS[/SIZE]

1. CF Card Reader - a1199204a
2. Dummy CF Card
3. CF Slot Side Cover - "Escutheon LC" 268086102
4. Metal Frame for motherboard. - "Thermal Bracket C" - 268084602

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Note: Parts are available from SONY. I bought mine from my local Sony vendor for less than $100USD.

This will replace your WWAN Module.
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WHAT WILL BE REMOVED?[/SIZE]


This will replace the following from the original UX parts:

1. WWAN MOdule
2. Side Cover for WWAN
3. The original Metal Frame or Thermal Bracket.

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Required Parts.jpg
Replacement%20Frame.JPG

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Postby technogeekchris » Sun Apr 20, 2008 02:51

[SIZE="3"]PROCEDURES for REMOVING OLD COMPONENTS[/SIZE]

Before we can replace to CF card reader. we need to remove the following OLD Components/Parts. 10 Easy steps:
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1. Remove the Top UX Cover.
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2. Remove TOP COMPONENTS/PARTS (wifi card, HDD, and HDD Metal Frame)
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3. Remove WIFI Card and cables
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4. Remove the Hard Disk Metal Frame
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5. Remove the HDD and cables
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6. You can now easily remove the Main board from the unit. Make sure to remove the cable from the Power and LCD.
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7. On the Main board, identify parts to remove (WWAN module, Side cover and Metal Frame)
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8. First Remove the WWAN Side Plastic Covering.
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9. Carefully remove the WWAN Module and ZIF Cable connection to the Board.
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10. And Lastly, you can remove the Main Metal Frame or Thermal Frame.
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11. Set aside all these removed components and we can now begin replacing all these with the CF Card Reader Module.

NOTE: Next Procedure is to REPLACE the COMPONENTS with NEW ones...[/SIZE]
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10 remove metal frame from the board.JPG
9 remove WWAN Card.JPG
8 remove WWAN Side Plastic cover.JPG
7.remove PARTS to replace.JPG
6. remove Main Board.JPG
5 remove HDD and cables.JPG
4 remove HDD Frame.JPG
3 remove wifi card.JPG
2 remove top components.JPG
1 remove top cover.JPG

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Postby technogeekchris » Sun Apr 20, 2008 02:52

[SIZE="3"]PROCEDURES FOR REPLACING WITH CF CARD SLOT[/SIZE][/B]
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1. Connect CF Card Cable to the ZIF Connector. Same ZIF connector used by the old WWAN Module.
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2. Using the New Thermal Metal Frame. Place CF Reader and connect to the new Frame.
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3. Position, Mount and Screw it to the Main Board. You can use same Screws from old Frame.
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4. Screw the CF card Reader/Slot to the Frame. Making sure, it is placed correctly and not moving.
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5. On the Side of the CF slot. Place the new Plastic Cover. This completes your CF Slot replacement.
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6. Connect the Main Board to the Front Cover or LCD Screen. Make sure Cable is connected.
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7. Connect Back the HDD and Cables.
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8. Connect the WIFI Card and Cables.
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9. Connect the HDD Metal Frame to secure HDD and WIFI to the board. Also make sure Side Cables are connected.
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10. Lastly, Connect the Back Cover. This completes your replacement. Connect battery, Power ON and test if CF Card works...[/SIZE]
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[SIZE="3"]Note: There is no need to reconfigure anything on the Windows XP or Vista side. The Operating Systems directly identify the new CF slot and it is ready to use.[/SIZE]
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1. Connect the CF Card reader cable on the ZIF Connector.JPG
10. Lastly the Back Cover.JPG
9 Connect back the HDD Metal Frame.JPG
8. Connect back the WIFI Card.JPG
7. Connect back the HDD.JPG
6. Connect the Main Board to the LCD.JPG
5. Connect the CF Side Plastic Cover.JPG
4. Screw the CF Card Reader to the Metal Frame.JPG
3. Connect the Metal Frame to the Main Board together with CF slot..JPG
2. Position CF Card Reader and Metal Frame together..JPG

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Postby Benz145 » Sun Apr 20, 2008 19:14

Nicely done technogeek, stuck : )
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Postby Sull86 » Mon Apr 21, 2008 09:48

Really good job !!!

I think guides like these really inspire people to do these mods themselves :)
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-XP: UX driver & app Pack v2.3 [B]Download
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Postby technogeekchris » Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:17

Thanks Sulls. I couldnt be any happier when I succceeded with the project. I have been using my UX as a PHONE for 2 days now and its a PERFECT machine now. I also use it for sending and receiving SMS messages and sometimes internet thru GPRS when WIFI is not available. Short-time internet connection only like checking my emails. I encourage everyone to explore their UXs and see all the possibilities. I would be happy to assists anyone who would like to do the same.

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Postby tejasc » Mon Apr 21, 2008 17:02

technogeekchris wrote:Thanks Sulls. I couldnt be any happier when I succceeded with the project. I have been using my UX as a PHONE for 2 days now and its a PERFECT machine now. I also use it for sending and receiving SMS messages and sometimes internet thru GPRS when WIFI is not available. Short-time internet connection only like checking my emails. I encourage everyone to explore their UXs and see all the possibilities. I would be happy to assists anyone who would like to do the same.

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Hi Technogeek,

I'm really impressed by your article... kudos to you !

Also, can you please direct me on how to setup my Ux380N as a phone.

Regards,
TC

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Postby ybradette » Tue Apr 22, 2008 04:04

Nice post. Is the case difficult to remove like those snap-in/snap-out once the screws have been removed?

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Postby technogeekchris » Tue Apr 22, 2008 04:34

"Nice post. Is the case difficult to remove like those snap-in/snap-out once the screws have been removed?"

NO.. the back case can be easily remove once the screws has been removed. It can actually be easily pull out. However, make it slowly, for the antenna cable is still connected to the WWAN module.

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Postby technogeekchris » Tue Apr 22, 2008 04:39

Hi TC.. I will be happy to assists you. First step is to change your WWAN to a CF reader. Making your own UX phone is easy - you just need to get the ENFORA GSM CF card. It's straightforward. Let me know once you have all the parts.


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