How to Connect a PCMCIA Card to a Laptop by USB

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How to Connect a PCMCIA Card to a Laptop by USB
You may need an adaptor to connect a PCMCIA card on a laptop. (pc card insertion end image by Georgios Alexandris from

A PCMCIA card is an expansion card for a laptop. The expansion card can vary in function depending on the card. For instance, some PCMCIA cards are wireless network cards, while others add FireWire or USB connectivity. If your laptop does not have a PCMCIA port, you can use a USB-to-PCMCIA adaptor to connect the PCMCIA card to the laptop. The adaptor essentially acts like a card reader but allows for full functionality of the card.

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Things you need

  • USB-to-PCMCIA adaptor
  • Driver CD

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  1. 1

    Insert the USB-to-PCMCIA adaptor into an open USB slot on the computer. The "Add New Hardware Wizard" will start up.

  2. 2

    Click the option to install automatically, then click "Next." Click "Finish" when the wizard finishes.

  3. 3

    Insert the PCMCIA card into the USB-to-PCMCIA adaptor. If your PCMCIA card requires you to install drivers the "Add New Hardware" wizard will start up again. Continue to Step 4. if no drivers are required, stop here.

  4. 4

    Click the option to install the software from a specific location, then click "Next."

  5. 5

    insert the driver CD, then click on the "Browse" button and click through the folders to the folder on the driver CD with the driver. The location of the folder with the driver may differ depending on the manufacturer and what type of PCMCIA card you are using. Refer to the user manual for specific location. Click "OK," then click "Next." The files will copy from the CD to the computer.

  6. 6

    Click "Finish" after the files are done copying.

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