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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Adding a low profile PCI card to a morex 3677 mini itx case.

Originally posted 12-24-2004, here. Any combination of compatible mini itx board that would fit in the case and any suitably short PCI card should work so long as the ports have clearance. I actually plan to revisit this one including pictures since much nicer gear has come out in the 4 (!) years since I orignially did this.


I use a Linksys Wireless G PCI card in my Morex 3677 with an Via Epia MII 1.2 Ghz

It's easy to do in a few steps (preferably before you install anything, as metal shavings are bad).

Remove the original PCI backplate off of the card (save it for mounting a switch or for neatly routing cables in/out of the back of your tower case).

On the 3677/3688, get rid of the serial port knockout above the power jack, and with a dremel or file remove the upper corners of the knockout hole, so the antenna jack can fit through.

Install motherboard and card, and attach antenna.

Just be carefull that you don't bend the card to the side! You might wanna disconnect the antenna while transporting it, or use a rubber grommet or something to keep everything from moving around (mine is stationary, so whatever).

PCI cards get quite warm, so mind your temps. I'm personally looking to rip a few minifans out of some laptop carcasses and undervolt the annoying whine out of them.

Maybe when I do that and a few other things I'll make a "pimp your 3677/3688" how-to.