[SOLVED] What is a “1/2 Mini” slot good for?

May 12, 2020
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After opening the back cover of my laptop, I found an empty slot with “1/2 Mini” written on the background. An image is here: https://www.computerbase.de/forum/threads/hat-jemand-eine-ahnung-wofuer-ein-1-2-mini-steckplatz-da-ist.1947376 .
Its size is roughly a half of an mSATA slot. What is such a slot good for; what do you insert there? The manual of my laptop says nothing about it. (For the single boys among you suffering from quarantine: no, “insert” doesn't mean what you are thinking... :). )
 
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i say usually as in "that's what the slot is normally used for"

not that it has a second option unrelated. it's an expansion port like pcie slots on a mobo. most likely looking at the manual, that slot is probably there for an add-on cellular card but that's just a guess.

it's there and you can use it to add a feature if you wish or leave it alone if you don't need anything new not already there.
 

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i say usually as in "that's what the slot is normally used for"

not that it has a second option unrelated. it's an expansion port like pcie slots on a mobo. most likely looking at the manual, that slot is probably there for an add-on cellular card but that's just a guess.

it's there and you can use it to add a feature if you wish or leave it alone if you don't need anything new not already there.
 

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The answer was in the forum with the picture that you linked, but it was just in German XD

It's a PCI Express Mini Card also known as Mini PCI Express, Mini PCIe, Mini PCI-E, mPCIe, and PEM.

It can be used for a computer "add on" expansions.
Such as adding external serial, Fieldbus, CAN bus, LAN ethernet and SATA ports.

And I think potentially it can be used to install an SSD type thing, that allows expanding ur storage e.g extra 400GB (I'm not sure on that though.). The successor of a PCI Express Mini Card is an M.2 card.
 

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