Inspired by the wonderful work of @StarGate01, I decided to undertake a similar project, and install a reader into my ThinkPad X230, in place of the pc card slot. Mine was much less invasive, though the fit is a bit less than optimal.
All I used was:
…and some basic tools; a soldering kit, a bit of electrical tape.
The materials, before hacking away at them:
Stripped the case off the reader
the USB head is a lil’ clunky… poor guy
Ditched this thing. Have literally never used it.
This is about where it will end up
Stripped some bulk; much better
I shaved away a piece of this metal frame, but ended up not needing to.
However, the casing on the speakers is a bit large; I took a chunk out of the plastic—it miiight impact acoustics, but the speakers are garbage anyway…
Rough positioning… I actually ended up flipping it over from here.
So it reads! But there’s an issue… it disconnected whenever I put it all together!
It seems to be getting some sort of interference from the rest of the computer. That won’t do…
Miana suggested a ferrite sheet to shield it (thank you~).
I didn’t get a pic of it placed, but I just slapped one of these bad boys on the board, right under where the coil is on the reader.
…and it all came together!
- There’s no switch to turn it off like StarGate’s design. Hopefully that doesn’t come back to bite me later.
- The fit’s a liiiitle tight. The corner of the palmrest bulges slightly. Incidentally, this laptop had the corner chipped and one of the clips compromised; I’m unsure whether it would work on an intact machine.
All in all, a little hacky—but that’s what we do here, isn’t it? I’m quite pleased with it; I bought some spares to mess with similar configurations on some other hardware I use… Will follow up if I end up with it anywhere else.
Thanks for reading!~