PCIMIA Slots not working

Posted on 2004-11-25
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
Hello Everyone~

I have been working on my brother-in-laws Sony laptop and I am trying to get his PCIMIA slots to work.  He bought it used and they have not worked since buying it.  

Whenever I plug any kind of PCIMIA card into the slot nothing happens.  For instance I have set up a wireless network but when I install any wireless card into the laptop I get lights no sounds nothing.  

If I delete the drivers and then reboot XP recognizes the hardware and reinstalls the drivers.  This tells me, I think, that they are at least partially working.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

It is a Sony model# PCG-973L

Thanks again,


Question by:ypjoe777
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    Expert Comment

    Have a look inside the slot and see if there is any of the pins bent or broken off. It's not likely to happen but you never know what people try to stick in there!
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    Accepted Solution

    The main point is to determine if this is hardware or software (windows/drivers) acting up. The PCMCIA hardware is difficult to test from a simple O/S like DOS; otherwise this can be pretty handy for testing basic hardware like keyboards, COM and LPT ports and such. For PCMCIA hardware I could suggest you try running the computer off a live CD, like Knoppix ( or ubuntu ( These are Linux versions that run entirely off the CD and don't install anything. Most common hardware systems are recognised. Wireless may be a bit doubtful, but if you have some kind of normal NIC or something you could try this, just to see if the slots are working.

    If it turns out that the hardware is OK, you may have to repair your windows installation. Perhaps Sony has some kind of proprietary drivers for the PCMCIA system.
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    Expert Comment

    Just in case you haven't done the obvious, check the device manager to be sure the PCMCIA adapter controllers are enabled.

    Also, try the Windows troubleshooter, both for the device and for the PCMCIA adapter controllers.
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    Author Comment

    Thanks Rid....Once again another good answer from you.

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    Expert Comment

    Thanks :)

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