Troubleshoot Dead PCMCIA slot
Posted on 2004-04-06
I'm working with a Sony VAIO (pcg-sr7k) and the pcmcia slot seems to be dead. In device mgr it shows " Ricoh r/rl/rt/rc/5c475 rsc520 or compatible cardbus controller" as being fine. Device status in properties shows device to be working properly. I have tried removing the cardbus adapter and let XP reinstall, tried using the other generic cardbus adapter driver in xp, and I have been to Sony's "support" site to find no updates, or any mention of this issue.
I have tried 3 different pcmcia cards that are known to be good. As far as I can tell by pulling the cover off the notebook, the pins in the slot are all straight, with no obstructions or debris. The physical connection seems to be fine... Just whatever I plug into the slot does not get detected and does not work. I don't have a lot of hope this will be resolved without taking it to Sony, but I thought i'd let the experts take a stab at it first- Any assistance appreciated. Thanks...