Well this morning I hardwired the USB hub diectly to the RasPi #1. I mounted it underneath the Audio and Composite connectors with double sided foam tape. My TP1/TP2 reading has improved to 4.91V.
everything works just fine. So now I have a Raspberry Pi with 5 USB ports available. 1 port on a dongle off of the RasPi and 4 more underneath it.
Here are some more pictures:
A side picture of the USB hub attached.
Bottom of modified hub/RasPi
And Finally a picture of it powered up and running with just a SD and keyboard attached.
The next step is to build a case system and do away with the double sided tape. Let the case hold it all. Also I am contemplating using one of the LM2596 boards to being this RasPi up to a 12V power system. I will adjust it to 5.25V and that should put my TP1/TP2 readinds at about 5.1V. I guarantee I will have no more power problems then.
There is the little thing though, that I have no power problems now, but well why not.
The hub is a VANTEC go 2.0 4 port Hi-SPEED Hub. It came with a 2A power supply and was about $15 U.S.. When I removed the Mini USB connector there was just not enough room to make my connections there. The power and ground are connected up near the power connector. The Data lines were connected to the resistors that lead to the USB (uplink port) connector. That is why there are loose wires under the board. I tried for about two hours to connect to the uplink traces without success. Kept ending up with shorts. Finally threw in the towel. Getting rid of the USB connector brought my voltage just a little more also.
I thought about mounting it under the HDMI connector and removing the audio and composite. This woud put most of your connectors on two sides. On an A model you would have all of your connectors on two sides if you did this.
By the way while I was typing I have been running the board through its paces and it is working perfectly. If you really want to reduce all of those wires all over the place this really is the way to go.
This poor RasPi's work is never done!