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shelbymom

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Is there anyway to just replace the usb ports on a motherboard? I have a friend who destroyed her usb ports on a B130 dell Inspiron. I would like to just replace one thing instead of the whole thing? Thanks
 

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Triple 6:
I have a question about your suggestion to add a PCMCIA USB Card, which I have just done recently, myself. I had to do this on my laptop, as the only USB port was broken by the kids. However, now I have another problem. I was already using one of the two PCMCIA slots for a Linksys Wireless PC Network Card. Now, the only way I can get both cards to fit in the two slots is to insert the Linksys card into the bottom slot, upside down. It still fits all the way in this way, does this mean that if I re-install it, it will work? I was also a bit shocked to learn that the PCMCIA USB Card needed a power supply and that the included option for this depended on the defunct USB port I was trying to replace! The only other option is an AC adapter which, of course, is not included and is very difficult to find for purchase on its own. I was able to find a suitable adapter, after purchasing several pricey items that depended on being able to connect via USB and commiting to a long list of tasks that could only be completed with these new USB dependent devices! I am now tied down by the age-old ball & chain of an ethernet cable. Any & all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
 

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The PCMCIA card cannot be used upside down.

The powered USB cards work better.
 
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So, why would they give me 2 PCMCIA slots if I can't possibly use them at the same time?
There is no way any other PCMCIA card could fit all the way in with the USB card in the top slot. So now I guess my only option is to get another USB Wireless Network adapter, right?
 

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You can use the slots at the same time, it just depends on the cards you use in them. but some cards require more space then others, if you have two such cards then it does become a problem.
 
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