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Pc Or Pcmcia Card, Difference Please?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by WheresTheCat, Sep 27, 2003.

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  1. WheresTheCat

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    Hi, I'm shopping on-line for a v.92 modem for a notebook pc and am confused by the PC card or PCMCIA name on these products. What is the difference with these two kind? I know External modems can hook up to the serial port or usb port, but where do these Internal modems go?? I'd like to add the least cords possible, with my new modem so not to hinder the moveability of the laptop. Thanks for any help;)
     
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    "I'd like to add the least cords possible"

    I know what you mean. Consider a modem with XJack - the jack pops out of the PCMCIA card, so its out of the way when you don't need it.

    Here's a link to a modem with an Xjack connection: http://www.usr.com/products/laptop/laptop-product.asp?sku=USR3056

    PC Card and PCMCIA are interchangeable terms.
     
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    "PC Card and PCMCIA are interchangeable terms"
    Yes those two are, but Cardbus is better/faster/less resource hungry and more stable. If you can go for one of these.
     
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    Sorry... missed the fact you were talking about a laptop. My bad.:(
     
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    PCI is a bus architecture and can apply to any machine. However, having said that:
    PCI expansion cards are desktop only(plus docking station).
    PC/PCMCIA cards are 16bit and use the ISA Bus. CardBus is 32 bit and interfaces direcly with the 32 bit PCI bus.
     
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    Cool site, very helpful! (above link). How do I check the pc card slot size, on my laptop? Thanks..
     
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    Look in the manual. or open the door/slot cover and look see how many slots there are. Most Laptops have two type2 slots.
    More important is whether there is Cardbus support. Again most newer machines do support it. Yes you can use PC/PCMCIA in a cardbus slot.
     
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