Do I have a PCMCIA

Posted on 2010-01-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I've had this computer over three years.  It has an open slot for a PCMCIA card.  I don't know if that is an open spot if someone wants to add that to the model or if it actually has one.  I don't want to buy a card to find out if it does have an operational PCMCIA slot, a Smart Media Card slot, or nothing at all.  What would I need to check?
Question by:William Richardson

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    what type of computer are you running?
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    Expert Comment

    There is no open slot for PCMCIA card , if you want to this on your desktop. You need to purchase PCI to PCMCIA for Desktop PC.For more information please check the following URL

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    by:William Richardson
    It is a Compaq Presario
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    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    Which model?

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    by:William Richardson
    There is an open slot on my desktop and that is what I need to get a wifi adapter for.  I know my laptop has a slot too and it looks like a pcmcia slot.  However it is a SmartCard slot.  I'm just wondering what I can check if possible in my control panel, etc. to see if it is operational and what exactly it is.

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    by:William Richardson
    Model ER919AA-ABA SR1820NX NA620
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    Is that a laptop or desktop PC ?
    desktop PC (usually) have no PCMCIA card.
    However if it is a laptop,then you surely must know the model.
    Look up the manufacturers site and find your model specifications
    and check.
    To check for sure - take your laptop to PCMCIA card vendor and
    try to plug it in.If the hardware gets detected then you're on the right track.
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      If you have only one slot so you can check it via control panel . Go control panel then open system and go to device manager. expand devices  and  check if there is a device named "smart card readers"   if you can find it so means your slot is smart card reader. You can see screenshot .
    Also pratically it is very easy to understand the slot is smart card or not; smart card slots height can be maximum 2mm . PCMCIA slots  have more height like 4 -5mm.
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    Here are the specifications

    It does have a memory card reader and not a PCMCIA.

    You can get a WiFi adapter that is either PCI (your machine should have two spare slots) or uses USB.

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