GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini PCIe Slot, Non-Wifi use?

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  1. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] [H]ard|News Staff Member

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    Hey all,

    So the manual for the GA-F2A88XN-WIFI says that the mini PCIe slot is for "Wifi Module Only", but I wonder if this means "it will not work with anything else" or if it's just "we won't support anything else".

    I am considering picking up a mini-PCIe to 1x PCIe riser/adapter and attempting to use it for an additional wired Ethernet adapter. (the machine in question already has a GPU in the single x16 slot)

    Has anyone tried doing this? Does it work?
     
  2. Nobu

    Nobu [H]ard|Gawd

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    I have this board, but unfortunately no PCIe 1x cards or adaptors to test it out. That said, it's a mini-PCIe slot (or labeled as such on the motherboard, anyway), so it should work as long as you get an adaptor that fits. I think the "For WIFI module only" note was just so you knew that it was a dedicated PCIe bus for that slot, not shared.
     
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  3. pchealth 2

    pchealth 2 Limp Gawd

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    Hello Nobu,
    The mini PCIE slots is for Wifi module only as it was design for.
    Please do not use other PCIe device on this slot.
    Thanks.
     
  4. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] [H]ard|News Staff Member

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    What is the limitation? Does it not provide the full PCIe 1x power specification? I'd that is the case, it might work with a powered adapter.