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Old May 8th 18, 06:06 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion
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Default PCMCIA Card to USB 1 Adapter

Hi,

I bought a Win95 laptop around 1996. This laptop does NOT have
a USB port. Years later, I installed Win98se to replace Win95.

It has a FDD (floppy disk drive) and CD drive. Also has two PCMCIA card
slots. The FDD no longer "works". I searched for an external FDD that
connects to the LPT1 (parallel) port without success.

Is there a PCMCIA card to USB 1 adapter available anywhere?
Of course, I will need a driver for it.

Thank You in advance, John

PS, In the meantime, I can use "PC Link" (laplink type program) to transfer
files, but not very convenient.

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Old May 9th 18, 12:16 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion
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Default PCMCIA Card to USB 1 Adapter

wrote:
I bought a Win95 laptop around 1996. This laptop does NOT have
a USB port. Years later, I installed Win98se to replace Win95.

It has a FDD (floppy disk drive) and CD drive. Also has two PCMCIA card
slots. The FDD no longer "works". I searched for an external FDD that
connects to the LPT1 (parallel) port without success.

Is there a PCMCIA card to USB 1 adapter available anywhere?
Of course, I will need a driver for it.


I recently bought a new USB 2 adapter for CardBus online, I didn't
notice any PCMCIA cards that would work with your laptop still being
made. Of course there may often be second-hand and new old stock
options available, depending on the country you're in (I just spotted
your Email address domain - you shouldn't have much trouble).

But there are other options. My favourite for laptops is the PCMCIA to
Compact Flash card adapter, which can still be bought new from China
(search "PCMCIA CF Adapter"). These appear to the computer as a second
HDD controller, and the CF card works like a regular HDD. So you won't
need any special drivers at all.

There are also Zip drives, which are commonly found second hand. Many
external ones were made which plugged into the parallel port, and
drivers are still available online (somewhere).

Then another possibility is a PCMCIA network card. Wired or Wireless,
with 90s era adapters still compatible with todays interfaces. Find a
second-hand adapter and you should be able to connect up to a local
network (such as from your home router), then you can browse the web
and run an FTP server on one of your other PCs to transfer files from.

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