Most laptops have PCMCIA drives, more commonly referred to as "PC Card" drives, which allow the laptop to connect to a wide variety of PC Card devices, such as wireless networking cards. If you happen to have a PC Card device and a laptop which does not have such a drive, or if you want to use a PC Card device with a desktop computer, then you have to use a PCMCIA to USB adaptor. Fortunately, these adaptors can be easily purchased.
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Things you need
- External PCMCIA Card Adapter
Turn off your computer. For additional safety, disconnect the computer from its power source to prevent damage caused by electric shock.
Connect the external PCMCIA adaptor to your computer by inserting the USB cable into an available USB port on your computer.
Insert the PC Card you would like to use with your computer into the adaptor.
Reconnect your computer to its power source, and turn the computer back on. Your PCMCIA device is now connected to the computer through a USB port.
Tips and warnings
- You may have to reinstall your PCMCIA device after connecting it to your computer through a USB adaptor. If the device does not operate normally after you have completed the above steps, refer to your device's user manual for instructions on how to reinstall the device.
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