I have been given a Sony VAIO RCG-R505TSK to look at. It doesn't recognize PCMCIA cards. I have tried several, and the Install new hardware wizard never appears. I have tried other known working PC Bus cards, but they don't get recognized either.
Whenever the computer started, the wizard did locate a PCI device, which I am thinking is related. I couldn't find any driver on the computer, and the Sony Website doesn't have a specific driver for PCMCIA.
The Device Manager shows the PCMCIA adapter as working. Its location is PCI bus 1, device 2, function 0
If I uninstall the device and restart, it is reinstalled but cards are still not recognized.
No PCMCIA devices show up in the Sony Notebook Setup.
The owner of the computer said that somebody "turned something off" - but that may be coincidental.
Is there a diagnostic from Sony or somewhere else that could test the PCMCIA bus hardware?
Are there System devices that I should uninstall and then reinstall?