I’ve bought several faulty Geo Flex 11.6" laptops for cheap with the intention of cobbling together the parts into working machines.
They all come with a 32GB onboard eMMC, but during my tinkering I couldn’t help but notice their unpopulated SATA B-Key m.2 connector.
From a usefulness standpoint their limited storage (which isn’t particularly quick either) is their biggest weakness, so adding a 128GB/256GB SATA m.2 is quite a desirable upgrade.
Now soldering isn’t my forte, especially a connector with such small pins.
However, assuming I can overcome that obstacle, what are people’s opinions on the likelihood of this to succeed?
The BIOS knows the SATA interface exists, and reports it as unpopulated, so I’m hopeful that there won’t be any problems from the firmware side of things.
There are also a number of other laptops from the same manufacturer, with similar specs, that I know to come with the m.2 connector present & functional. (Geobook 3/3x for example)
My primary concern, is that there are going to be missing surface mount components related to the m.2 port, and without the motherboard schematics, I’m going to be working blind.
There certainly seem to be several empty resistor & capacitor sized solder pads in the area of the socket:
Has anyone attempted something similar?