Flipstart HSDPA mod


Our friend [tnkgrl] has successfully added HSDPA to a Vulcan Flipstart. The Flipstart is a palmtop Windows machine with 1.1GHz Pentium M, 512MB RAM, 30GB hard drive, and an EVDO option. Before starting, you need to come up with a mini-PCI Express HSDPA card. Instead of trying for a random bare mini-PCIe card on eBay, she purchased an unlocked AT&T Sierra Wireless Aircard 875U USB dongle. Inside of the dongle is a battery, SIM slot, and a mini-PCI Express card. The Flipstart lid comes off with just a few screws and the card drops into place. Even though the antenna isn’t tuned for all the possible bands you should still get good signal most of the time. The best part of this mod is that it doesn’t require any obvious modification, so your warranty will be intact… as far as anyone can tell. Embedded below is the video of the easy swap. In the past, she added HSDPA to the OQO 02, which definitely takes a lot more work.

Comments

  1. fartface says:

    Cool hack, the Flipstart is kind of neat but moot when you can get an EEE that is bigger and more useable for less than 1/4 the price.

  2. BeBe says:

    Very cool. Anyway to do it on Fujitsu U1010?

  3. Sergio Magarolas says:

    My Flipstart has been infected by the Paladin Virus 2010 even though it was protected by current versions of Mcafee and Win Defender antivirus software.I tried all sorts of restoration using flashback or the diskette included w:machine.Finally I tried to reboot a new XP software but the HD does not respond.
    Help

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