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I have a few questions about my Acer Aspire V3 772G motherboard.
Under the bottom plastic cover, between the two HDD SATA bays there is a port that I dont really know what it is.
Is it a Mini PCI-E (mPCI-E) or an mSATA port?
Also, the one sure mPCI-E port is being used for the WIFI adapter. Does anyone know if this model of laptop uses BIOS mPCI-E whitelisting? Or can I use any mPCI-E device in that port?
I tried using Aida64 Extreme to view my motherboard specs but I don’t know what to make of the info I got...
There is a "PCI-E 2.0 x16 port #2 - In use @x16" which makes me believe there is a port #1... On the other hand the unknown port is between the two SATA HDD bays, so it makes sense it would be a mSATA port (from an electrical circuit design point of view, because of its proximity to the other SATA when designing the board, so it will be closer to the SATA controller chipset)
Also, does anyone know if I connect an mPCI-E device to an mSATA port will I break/fry something or will it just not work?
The final idea is to connect an mPCI-E to PCI-E Adapter (large) to plug in a desktop GPU to my laptop with this device: (http://www.banggood.com/EXP-GDC-Laptop-External-PCI-E-Graphics-Card-p-934367.html) or (http://www.hwtools.net/Adapter/PE4C%20V2.1.html)
To do so, in theory, the WIFI card must be unplugged .. but if I have 2 mPCI-E ports this would not be needed...
I also need to know if this model (Acer Aspire V3 772G) has a BIOS "whitelist" for the mPCI-E which only allows the use of specific WIFI cards or if the port is free for use with any mPCI-E device.