I have a very peculiar problem.
Since a week, my computer simply freezes whenever I plug a card into the PCMCIA slot. This is the case with a PCMCIA Smart Card reader and a Option HSDPA Mobile Data card (www.option.com
). As i have a problem with two different cards, I assume the cards are fine. Can't test them though as I only have one laptop with a PCMCIA slot
Take "freezing" very litterally: when I plug in the card, the screen just stays as it is, but I can't move the mouse cursor, keyboard doesn't work and the computer time simply halts (even if I let the card in during 15 minutes!). When I plug out the card, the system continues to run as normal (but the time is LOST ;) )
Same problem occured when I booted up the system with a card inserted. The blue boxes who move around when starting up Windows XP simply stopped... and when I plugged out the card, they continued...
There's no information at all about the incident in the event logs!
As I had been using the laptop for 3 years and it had some other software flaws, I decided to reinstall the whole system, but unfortunately the problem is still there...
Does anyone have any experience with this? Do you think it's simply a hardware failure?