If you own a laptop you most likely despise your track pad. Sure its fine if you just want to check your email but good luck trying to finger dance on the pad with a complex program like Auto-Cad. So your left with a couple of options; get a wired mouse (least expensive), get a Bluetooth mouse (most expensive) or get a wireless mouse with a dongle.

I choose the wireless mouse with the dongle, unfortunately I underestimated just how inconvenient unplugging the dongle would be every time I wanted to put my laptop away. This routine gets real old going from class to class, so I decided to eliminate the dongle.

This Instructable can be adapted to a wide variety of USB devices including; flash drives, network adapters, security dongles and of course RF adapters for wireless mice.

This Instructable is being entered into the EPILOG challenge so if you like it please vote for it, If not I would appreciate the vote anyway. If you are going to vote, I feel like I owe an explanation of what I would do with a Laser Cutter.
  • First of all it would just be awesome to have, right now my method of cutting acrylic involves a jigsaw and goggles. Think of all of the wonderful things that could be made.
  • I would share. Not sure how, But anyone who wanted to use it would have access.
  • Telling off the boss and starting my own business would definitely not be out of the question.

Step 1: Consider the Risk

Before you disassemble anything, you need to understand that electronics can be very fragile and you are following these instructions at your own risk. If you have never taken apart a laptop before you may want to ask someone with more experience to help you. I can only explain it as a static sensitive puzzle with complex layers that are built up on top of other equally complex layers. When working with expensive electronics make sure you and the the device you are working on are grounded, at the very least always be sure to touch a grounded part of the case before touching anything else. If you decide to proceed just remember that the laptop must be reassembled the exact way it was taken apart.
Found this and it looks like the port version would be awesome for this application!!<br><br>http://muxtronics.nl/nanohub.html
Please, for the love of mankind would someone please explain to me why this instructable does not work with a Bluetooth dongle and raspberry pi zero. I have done everything over twenty times trying to get it to work. I've tried using equal length(to 1/10th mm) wires, powering the dongle separately, four different kinds of dongles, 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0. Wiring it directly to the pins I'm able to get the dongle to &quot;behave&quot; properly with the blue flashing light, but the pi board never sees/recognizes it. Yet when I plug it in the usual way via USB port it works fine. I know this is an old thread but perhaps someone will stumble on this eventually and impart their wisdom for me. Thank you thank you.
<p>How about putting a switch in VCC line of the connection and any how manage to put that switch outside of the laptop. In this way, when the dongle in not needed you can just turn the switch off and then the usb port will be available for other device.</p>
<p>I have a broken USB port. would it work on it since the blue part of the 3.0 is too far in and cracked?</p>
<p>I'm thinking for those who don't want to take their laptop apart, they can:</p><p>1. Take the USB part off their dongle</p><p>2. Solder wires (length is up to them) from USB part of dongle to dongle board</p><p>3. Wrap dongle board around to bottom (or side) of laptop and tape/velcro securely</p><p>Now dongle is out of way, relatively hidden and can be removed if needed. If they don't like it, it can be put back together or proceed with <a href="https://www.instructables.com/member/Jason-B/" rel="nofollow">Jason-B</a>'s instructable and put it inside.</p>
<p>so man, even if you freed the usb port, it is still useless cause there is no buffer same as a usb hub to introduce 2 or more usb devices to the computer.</p><p>you will data intereference and one of them won't work.</p>
great ible. just wanted to mention many computers will have internal usb's.
damn good idea, i am afraid to open my laptop.
to remember to stop using the port cut the plugin end of a usb off and put it in the pot s nothing sticks out so it is basically unremovable maybe?
Ive forgotten about the port a few times, plugging something into it wont cause any damage. It responds with a usb malfunction error message.
You can get those plastic caps for uSB ports
What happens if you plug another device in the same port to which the receiver is connected? Can two devices work on the same port at the same time?
Of course the second device doesn't work. <br>Operating system assign a IRQ (Interrupt Request) for every USB port to make the difference about which software driver has to be used for that IRQ. <br>Then if you have two devices plugged on the same USB port, the IRQ assigned to the first device plugged will be the working one. <br> <br>Let' say that this Instructable is useful only if you want use the available USB port as power source. <br> <br>It's useless if you want make that USB port work. <br> <br>Greetings
Unfortunately not. I've done it a few times with my flash drive, it makes niether of the devices work untill its unplugged.
Wait... why aren't jews allowed to remove the screen? <br>I think &quot;be gentile&quot; demands an instructable of its own...
Two things:<br>1. How is it inconvenient to unplug the dongle? It only takes a second.<br><br>2. Just get a wireless mouse with a tiny Nano Receiver. When my laptop was my only computer I had one and I never had to worry about unplugging the receiver.
Answer: Because we here on instructables like to hack things just for the sake of it!
great idea. but i would risk it. id rather buy a mouse with a micro dongle like this one http://www.logitech.com/assets/19678/19678.png quite simply cos i dont wanna risk my precious laptop ahaa
Would a usb hub work? so that you can maybe add more modules and still have a usable port.
if you could manage to get one to fit i wouldnt doubt it.<br>
I think I could get one to fit it if was torn down to the bare minimum, don't forget the traces on the USB board would need to be cut.
Awesome idea...<br><br>But I would have done two things different. <br>1) I would have found something like a micro usb hub, like this one. http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/4118/lindy-usb-20-hub.<br><br>2) I would have shelled out the extra money for a bluetooth dongle. I found some on ebay for 2$ a pop. Because you can't always be sure that the wireless mouse is going to work.<br><br>Still Voting For You...<br>
I have that same $2 Bluetooth dongle that I purchased from Amazon, the only issue is the price of the Bluetooth mouse. What can I say I'm cheap.
Forgot I had a 3rd thing.. I would have gone with Fedora 14 as a distro!<br><br>:)
This is a great idea, as long the laptop cases are not shielded. I did this to mine some time ago works if the case is apart, But will not when put together due do copper plated shielding in my laptop.
That's what I thought before I started, but it seems to work on my laptop anyway.
Really nice instructable, well written and detailed. I do agree that in some cases it is voided by the newer mouse dongles. My wife's latest only sticks out about 1/8&quot; from the USB port, so you don't even know it is there. But my main mouse has the full size like this, so it would be nice to hide it away.<br><br>Good job!
Some newer mouses come with tiny dongles that render this instructable un-needed. Mine only stick out 3/8&quot; and is 1/2&quot; wide. I can easily and safely store my laptop in a laptop bag without removing it, and I still have 3 working usb ports.
maybe, but i find that any dongles are unsightly to see on my laptop.<br>my laptop has bluetooth built in, but dongles just look tacky.<br>in my opinion, at least.
I'v been contemplating the concept of hiding the USB port in my laptop for a while (but i don't have the guts to do it), looks like you did a great job :) ! I had an idea for keeping the external port usable and adding up to three internal ports, if the space is there. I was going to reroute the leads of the external USB to a 4 USB hub and then place that hub inside the laptop, then just reattach one of the 4 USB ports to the external port. This method would be much harder to solder, but i think it might just work. datavirtue gave me the idea of a hub :D
First, I wouldn't use a Belkin device. I would use a Logitech dongle that is compatible with all their devices so I could use any mouse or keyboard I wanted (from logitech) without re-hacking the USB port. Couldn't you splice into the USB bus without knocking out the port? Hint: usb hub
I have one of the newer tiny dongles as well, but I would TOTALLY do this. Awesome idea and well executed. I am of the opinion that doing something the easy way isn't always the best (or coolest) way of doing things. Great job on this one!
Wow, what a clever idea. I wonder if there's room in my laptop for this, hmmm

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