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Windows 7: W7 and old PCMCIA cards - do they work


02 Oct 2009   #1

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W7 and old PCMCIA cards - do they work

Hi all
I've read in some threads about people installing Windows 7 on older laptops.

I'm just wondering if Windows 7 still supports PCMCIA cards - modern laptops don't have these anymore but these were standard in older laptops (often had 2 of these).

I've got an old Sony GRT VAIO laptop (?) - huge and weighs a ton with a 2Ghz full Pentium P4 processor with still one of the best screens I've ever seen on a laptop --- absolute energy hog for a laptop but in its day IT FLEW. This machine was destined for a one way trip to "the tip" but
I'd like to try Windows 7 x-86 on it and give it a "reprieve". It's got 1GB of RAM in it and a 100GB hard disk.

Not sure if I'll get PCMCIA support. Anybody know if Windows 7 has this support in it. I use one of these cards in the laptop to provide USB 2.0 support -- the built in USB is only 1.1.

Cheers
jimbo

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02 Oct 2009   #2

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all
I've read in some threads about people installing Windows 7 on older laptops.

I'm just wondering if Windows 7 still supports PCMCIA cards - modern laptops don't have these anymore but these were standard in older laptops (often had 2 of these).

Not sure if I'll get PCMCIA support. Anybody know if Windows 7 has this support in it. I use one of these cards in the laptop to provide USB 2.0 support -- the built in USB is only 1.1.

Cheers
jimbo
The cardbus hardware standard is not an issue with 7 and any laptop. Now, drivers for individual cards can be a problem, especially 64 bit drivers. (not likely to need 64 bit drivers with an old laptop) I would suggest you go to this site:

Windows Vista Compatibility Center

and find your USB PCMCIA card. If there are Vista drivers for it, you should be OK for 7.

Happy surfing!

Robert
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 W7 and old PCMCIA cards - do they work




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