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    PCMCIA usb 2.0 adapter

    Howdy, my very old thinkpad 600x only has one usb 1 port which is pretty slow when transferring any sizable file, thus I want to get a pcmcia usb 2.0 card. However all the ones I look at have some mention of bein powered via an included usb cable. Most state that they can only supply 100mA per port without the cable, or 500mA with the cable.
    Apart from external hard drives what sort of devices would 100mA struggle to power?

    Also does anyone have experience with one or can recommend a particularly good card, rep left for useful help!

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    you could save yourself a headache and get a new laptop

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    I had the same issue... without the extra usb cable the speed difference is small... so i wouldn't worry about it too much!

    also, my laptop actually had a firewire port (and usb 1.1?? weird!) but anyways... i bought the pcmcia card but also bought a firewire HDD too for simplicity.... so check if yours has a firewire port?

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    J4GG4;4058434

    you could save yourself a headache and get a new laptop



    haha thanks for the input, bye!

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    imranmaz;4058482

    I had the same issue... without the extra usb cable the speed difference … I had the same issue... without the extra usb cable the speed difference is small... so i wouldn't worry about it too much!also, my laptop actually had a firewire port (and usb 1.1?? weird!) but anyways... i bought the pcmcia card but also bought a firewire HDD too for simplicity.... so check if yours has a firewire port?



    I'm affraid it doesn't, it's seriously old, I only use it for downloading in the corner of my room while I use my main computer, I just don't want to get a card and find out that I cant use a usb pen drive on it, or an ipod nano, without plugging in a power supply.

    im looking for one of these also, my mum has a toshiba laptop with 2 usb ports, one doesnt work for some reason so looking to expand a little. She cant get on with her track pad so uses a mouse so that one usb is used up. i thought this would be a simple thing to buy.

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    the dandy p;4058574

    I'm affraid it doesn't, it's seriously old, I only use it for downloading … I'm affraid it doesn't, it's seriously old, I only use it for downloading in the corner of my room while I use my main computer, I just don't want to get a card and find out that I cant use a usb pen drive on it, or an ipod nano, without plugging in a power supply.



    LOL SNAP! that's what I use mine for.....

    does yours have xp pro on it? or home? infact it doesn't matter as you don't need remote log in.....

    here's how i do it after years of faffing about with drives ect....

    get your fav downloader to store finished files in "shared folder" and access that from your main PC... you can stream from the laptop or copy over and burn ect....
    also, some downloaders allow you to specify a folder that you can put .torrent files in.. make another folder in shared (on the downloader laptop) and call it new torrents and then you can put the .torrent files in there from your main pc and get the downloader to look at that folder for new torrents to download... and you can set incomplete files to have a different extension so you don't try to play them before they are finished...

    one last thing is if you do have xp pro you can remote into the laptop and set downloads off from there ect...

    files transfer at about 6mb/s..... i dunno if you can bare that? but remember it is going straight onto your main pc not onto a external drive where you will have to transfer again onto the main pc...?

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    shanecr;4058650

    im looking for one of these also, my mum has a toshiba laptop with 2 usb … im looking for one of these also, my mum has a toshiba laptop with 2 usb ports, one doesnt work for some reason so looking to expand a little. She cant get on with her track pad so uses a mouse so that one usb is used up. i thought this would be a simple thing to buy.



    just buy a usb hub... will be cheaper and you can use it on a pc or new laptop (as new laptops have pcexpress slots) when the old one croaks it!

    I have a couple of Dell Latitude C400's which are P3 based laptops with a single USB 1.1 port, one of them is running using an included USB cable - this one runs fine with a USB mouse, flash drive and USB wireless adapter and as it's a four port card it's not much of an issue losing the onboard USB 1.1 port. For the other one I use a mains adapter simply because it's driving many devices, external hard drives were definitely the worst culprits although some other flash devices and mobile phones were a bit erratic without the power adapter.

    John

    imranmaz;4058676

    LOL SNAP! that's what I use mine for.....does yours have xp pro on it? or … LOL SNAP! that's what I use mine for.....does yours have xp pro on it? or home? infact it doesn't matter as you don't need remote log in.....here's how i do it after years of faffing about with drives ect....get your fav downloader to store finished files in "shared folder" and access that from your main PC... you can stream from the laptop or copy over and burn ect....also, some downloaders allow you to specify a folder that you can put .torrent files in.. make another folder in shared (on the downloader laptop) and call it new torrents and then you can put the .torrent files in there from your main pc and get the downloader to look at that folder for new torrents to download... and you can set incomplete files to have a different extension so you don't try to play them before they are finished...one last thing is if you do have xp pro you can remote into the laptop and set downloads off from there ect... files transfer at about 6mb/s..... i dunno if you can bare that? but remember it is going straight onto your main pc not onto a external drive where you will have to transfer again onto the main pc...?



    I do the same with an old broken laptop although I tend to use VNC as it's free and you can run the client from a web browser.

    John

    imranmaz;4058699

    just buy a usb hub... will be cheaper and you can use it on a pc or new … just buy a usb hub... will be cheaper and you can use it on a pc or new laptop (as new laptops have pcexpress slots) when the old one croaks it!



    looking to run a card reader and camera dock, would a usb hub be enough you think?

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    Johnmcl7;4058744

    Unsurprisingly I do the same with the old laptops although I tend to use … Unsurprisingly I do the same with the old laptops although I tend to use VNC as it's free and you can run the client from a web browser.John



    I think utorrent has browser support but VNC is good for XPhome installations. and pro too i guess... I just used RD cause it worked straight away...


    just saw your edit... broken as in screen right? same here... I stripped it and took off as many components as possible without annoying the boot check ie clock battery and KB

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    shanecr;4058761

    looking to run a card reader and camera dock, would a usb hub be enough … looking to run a card reader and camera dock, would a usb hub be enough you think?



    you can get usb hubs that are mains powered if needed... the only reason i mentioned it is so you can use it in the future...:thumbsup:

    imranmaz;4058777

    I think utorrent has browser support but VNC is good for XPhome … I think utorrent has browser support but VNC is good for XPhome installations. and pro too i guess... I just used RD cause it worked straight away...



    utorrent has browser support but it's easier to manage over vnc, I use the machine through an LCD TV so VNC is more useful as you can see the output on the screen. Just depends on your usage really.

    John

    imranmaz;4058808

    you can get usb hubs that are mains powered if needed... the only reason … you can get usb hubs that are mains powered if needed... the only reason i mentioned it is so you can use it in the future...:thumbsup:



    want to stay away from powered ones lol. dunno why, i just dont think she'll go for it.

    I bought a USB2.0 Cardbus Adapter - PCMCIA card with 4 ports and it works fine. For some things it needs some power which is obtained using a lead (which came with the card) from the card to the little round port on the laptop (might be a mouse port)

    doogan9;4059616

    I bought a USB2.0 Cardbus Adapter - PCMCIA card with 4 ports and it works … I bought a USB2.0 Cardbus Adapter - PCMCIA card with 4 ports and it works fine. For some things it needs some power which is obtained using a lead (which came with the card) from the card to the little round port on the laptop (might be a mouse port)



    Yeah, that sounds right - some older cards used a PS/2 connector (legacy port for mouse/keyboards), now they tend to use a USB port as laptops haven't had PS/2 ports for a while.

    John
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