Micro-SIM (3FF) to Mini-SIM (2FF) Adapter

Given the amount of people might be just switching phones using Micro-SIM, it is good to know if you can go back to your old phone in case if you drop your Gorilla Glass 2 eye candy phone.

So here is a pictorial how-to which will give you some idea as to how to make the adapter yourself if you have purchased a new Micro-SIM which comes with the full size SIM card.

Here is a comparison side by side:

We want to put the Mini-SIM into it’s own full SIM and deck it on top of the Micro-SIM in the full SIM:

(Notice I use rubber band to lock it in place, you can use tape too)

Now, we want to mark it with a mechanical pencil for the best result, run the pencil along the Mini-SIM’s edge as much as you can until it is as close as you can get to the edge of it.

After running it, it should look like this when you remove the Mini-SIM with full SIM:

Put the Mini-SIM on top of the outline you have made, run the pencil over the missing area:

Cutting time!

I cut it out to a rectangle first like so:

Cut out the key lock corner:

After the edges are smoothed (you can run the blade over the rough corners couple of times)

Pictures of comparison to old Mini-SIM:

For fun and giggles, I put it in the full SIM for Mini-SIM to see the accuracy:

I would love to take a picture of it sitting in my phone but my phone is my camera.

Let me know if this helps you and feel free to ask any questions if I left out details.

Morris Lee

Undo Apprehensions

Do not be worried! I am currently still in contact with the generous Michael Walsh – founder of The Acer Guy. Michael confirmed that he still has access and WILL be able to pull those missing pictures off for me.

In the mean time, sit tight, or email me directly if you need a quick assistance in any technical difficulties regarding the incomplete articles.

Happy modding,
Morris Lee

Aspire TimelineX 5820TG-7357 review

Even though this laptop is titled with Aspire, it is actually the Aspire TimelineX series. The Timeline is a business end line with better portability, battery and features.

The battery is the biggest deal in this model. It comes with a 9 cell battery that extends out to the bottom of the laptop. While this may not be the perfectly traveling shape, it does offer a better keyboard angle

Most of the Timeline(older generation) and TimelineX only offers the intel graphics option. However, this model comes with both intel and a beefy ATi Radeon HD5650 packaged as “Hybrid graphics”. By using the intel, you get a solid 7-8 hours battery and pushable to 12 at extreme light use. The ATi does offer about 4 times more graphics power for gaming but it sucks away the battery like water for a 4-5 hours of light use and 2 hours in 3D intensive games.

Even a great battery life, it packs the following specs:


Intel Core i5 460M (2.53GHz up to 2.8GHz turbo)
ATi Mobility Radeon HD5650 1GB DDR3 (frequency: 550MHz core, 800MHz Memory)
4GB DDR3
640GB 5400RPM Western Digital drive
DVD Super Multi DL drive(no bluray)
Broadcom 802.11n (b/g/n support)
Bluetooth 3.0


The physical appearance is very clean and discreet. A solid black brushed aluminum finish with a pushed out textured and polished acer logo provides a professional feel. The profile is extremely thin(without the 9cell of course) under 1 inch. 5.4lbs with a 6 cell, and probably just under 6lbs with 9 cell still superior to my old 5920 6.6lbs!

the left side has a ventilation air exhaust followed by a VGA, HDMI, RJ45 Gigabit, USB 2.0, audio input, speaker headphone out that should be dubbed with S/PDIF aswell.

On the left front, there is a 4 in 1 multi card reader, the image above shows a after market MicroSD to SD adaptor so I can have one extra compatibility on the go.


The air intake right below the touchpad keeps it nice and cool even during a heavy use

On the right we have a power jack, DVD ROM without an eject button and 3 USB 2.0 ports, I would wish for a better location as if a heavy use of USB cables and devices, they will get in the way if you are using a mouse.


There is nothing at the back other than the huge 9 cell battery.


The screen is extremely bright, LED back lighting lits up the screen instantly without a warm up time like older generation of LCD does. The screen has a crisp 1366×768, an aspect ratio of 16:9 (I prefer 16:10 as it is closer to 1.618…) that makes the movie viewing experiences much more pleasant as no screen space is lost to black bars on HD contents. while the 768 pixel hight is not exactly enough for some taller apps or in some cases, 3D mark vantage benchmark.

The video card is a HD5650 that sits nicely at 550MHz/800MHz core/memory 3D profile clock speed, a little push to 700/1100 makes a jump from 7640 to 9499 where as the intel graphics only scores 1385 in 3D Mark 06 tests

The processor is a nice i5 that runs up to 2.8GHz, while it is not a 1.6GHz i7, most current applications can still take advantage of single thread at 2.8GHz if it is a single threaded application. While a multi threaded application can still the on 4 threads at both cores. This makes the CPU a great budget and a good performer

The 4GB DDR3 can be upgraded to 8GB max. Not the most packed but good enough for your Windows 7 64 bit and your office applications and the games that will run on the HD5650

Hard drive packed with this notebook is somewhat disappointing. 640GB is a great capacity but only a single partition on stock. where as most other acer laptops comes with 2 partitions instead. This drive makes a noisy and worrying clicking noise on typical use, no matter what stress the hard drive is under, it makes the clicks. A small help from QuietHDD app can fix this issue due to some AAM and APM settings on the hard drive itself.


The keyboard is a nice full keyboard with the new Acer’s keyboard design(water lily). Big room between keys to allow easy cleaning. The numeric keypad is what I have always been missing from my old 5920G. above the top right of the keyboard are 2 keys, one is a Acer power management only available when unplugged(providing extended battery use) and the other for DVD ROM ejecting as there are no buttons on the DVD ROM itself. The DVD will be powered down if the Acer power management is engaged and will be powered up again if the eject button is pressed once, and next press will then eject the drive.

While the speakers are not as “Home Theater” as it claims, it does provide a better virtual surroundsound effect over the older 5920G. without the Subwoofer, the quality of music is not exactly the most enjoyable clarity like the 5920G, maximum volume is not on par with it either. However, it is bearable for most situations.

Touchpad is a multi touch touchpad with 2 finger scrolling and pinch zoom, the bottom 2 keys are fused together. Pressing left will give you a left click, and right will result right click, might require some getting used to. For those big on touchpad, the default driver DOES disable the touchpad for a good second if any keyboard keys are pressed. This is to prevent accidental clicking with your palm. This is not an option unless you use other drivers that does not offer this feature, it can be rather frustrating if you rely on the touchpad most of the time. This will make you wait for the touchpad to become responsive all the time. (gaming with this driver is impossible with a touchpad)

The webcam is a 1.3MP camera (up to 1280×1024) but the framerate is not as good as the 5920G’s 0.3MP at the same 640X480 setting. Even at 640×480, it will appear choppy unless under an extremely well lit environment.

Pros:
+Great battery life
+Good performance for it’s size
+Light
+Nice looking external design and very sturdy build

Cons:
-Typical laptop speakers
-Higher screen resolution at least 1440×900
-Most ports are on the right side.
-Big battery

Overall: 8.5/10

Upgrade Aspire 5920G (Santa Rosa) Wireless to N

Not too sure why there are not much talk about the WiFi Link 5100 or 5300 compatibility for Santa Rosa with PM965 chipset, so now, I put it to a test for everyone! Guess what? it works!

This is the card, Intel WiFi Link 5100 (looks cheap……)

Remove the 9 screws to remove the back plate

the corner by the RAM close to the battery compartment, you will find the old Intel 3945 or 4965 sitting (image shows that the antennas are pulled off, forgot to take a picture of it, but you can just pull them off vertically, but gently)

After the 2 top screws are removed, you will see that the card will lift up by itself, don’t worry, it is not going into an erection. You can now safely pull it out from the angle it lift up to.

What it should look like when it is pulled off

Comparison between the old 3945 and the new 5100(5100 looks kind of cheap eh?)

slide in the new card like the angle you pulled the old one off

while pushing it down flat, screw it in place

After you have screwed it in, attach the 2 antennas like it was attached to the old card before, you can just push it on,they are clip on antennas.

Woohoo!! 300Mbps, if you don’t have the full speed, it is ok, sometimes it will lower it when it is not needed, just make sure the “Channel Width” is set to auto in your router (image from my DIR-615 D-Link router)

Also make sure you go into Device Manager (run devmgmt.msc) and under “Network Adapters”, find the card name, double click and go to the “Advanced” tab and change “802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4” and “802.11n Channel Width for band 5.2” both to “Auto”.

Morris Lee

Windows 7 is ready, are you?

Introduction:
The most anticipated Microsoft Windows has arrived! Windows 7 will allow current machines perform better and faster than its predecessor – Vista ugh!!


Sure enough, like XP or Vista before it, people feared having to adapt to a new work environment, but really, the Windows family has been pretty much the same until now. Before you say “No!” to the new interface, the learning curve is pretty linear, in another words, easy to use.

Not just the user interface is easier than ever, Windows 7 also gives users more battery minutes than Vista or XP would. Here we have a screenshot of the task manager showing the number of tasks and the memory used on my lovely Aspire One


This is running on an A110 with a 2.5 inch HDD mod and 1.5GB RAM. The Aspire One performs surprisingly well with 7, so Microsoft’s claims that they designed 7 to run on netbooks too were true after all…
the Windows 7 index has moved from maximum of 5.9 to 7.9, of course, the Aspire One still can’t get to 5.9 anyways.


Features:
Windows 7 may have a smaller install weight, but the reasons are obvious. Features such as Windows Movie Maker have been left out (and no, webcam recording just like in Vista is also missing). To get these features, you have to install them through internet connection with “Windows Live” connection.


Performance:
Microsoft realized just how much Vista was such a resource hog (memory consuming) and finally took the effort to trim down memory usage by reducing the number of processes as can be seen in the task manager screenshot I have shown above (note, different machines may have a different number of processes depending on the driver or driver software required on the machine).

Windows 7 doesn’t just improve the real performance; by trimming down the number of processes running simultaneously, there is now a greater portion of the available speed for your applications and for laptop users that means better battery hours!

Usability:



Windows 7 included what is called “peek”. Back in Vista, when you have multiple pages of word documents opened, it shrinks them all into a small list on the task bar, in 7, we are now able to quickly peek at the selection when we mouse over the thumbnail with a touch of fading transition effect. This feature allows you to select the window you need more precisely.

Compatibility:
It has been advertised that Windows 7 will run any Windows Vista software. On selected CPU’s with Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) or AMD Virtualization (V) you can run applications in native “XP mode”. This is possible by sharing the hardware to a separate virtual machine but powered by original power with real XP drivers, this ensures full XP compatibility for any users that fear incompatibility for any older software that they still keep.

Remarks:
Windows 7 is definitely ready for consumer use, pricing is also slightly better than when Vista first hit the market.

Be sure to share your experiences!

Welcome!

Welcome to Morrosoft! Here you can stay up-to-date with latest software, hardware mods by Morris Lee.

Let me start off introducing myself, my name is Morris Lee, currently studying in Edmonton, Alberta, looking forward to be the best Computer Engineer in our beloved computer world!

My brands of interest for modding or writing software for:

  • Acer’s hardwares
  • AMD ATi Radeon video cards’ driver
  • Microsoft Windows

My previous projects:

  • Adding bluetooth to Aspire 5920G
  • Replacing graphics card in Aspire 5920G
  • Aspire 5920G Launch manager Patcher (V12.2)
  • Adding a 2.5inch SATA HDD to Aspire One
  • Shrinking Mini USB Bluetooth Dongles
  • PowerToggle (toggles Power Saver/High Performance in Vista and 7 easily!)
  • BluetoothToggle (toggles ANY standard bluetooth device!)

My Current Projects:

  • ATi Custom Resolution Tool (in Release Candidate stage)

I have access to the following tools:

  • Soldering iron etc
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 (64bit and 32bit for 7)
  • ATi HD2600, laptop ATi Mobility HD3650
  • Desktop and laptop
  • Photoshop CS4
  • Flash CS4
  • Visual Studio 2008

This means, if you want to request me to develop a software, write up a dummy guide, it should be all possible!

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Morris Lee