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How to tell if your laptop/notebook computer has a CardBus PCMCIA slot.

If your computer was manufacturered before 1997, it most likely will not have a cardbus PCMCIA slot, but will instead have a 16-bit legacy slot which will not work with cardbus cards.

To check if your computer does have cardbus slots under a Windows operating system, open your device manager. Exactly how to get to device manager varies a little between versions of Windows, but if you right click on "My Comptuer" and then select "Properties" you should be able to find the "Device Manager" entry pretty easily. Once you have the device manager up, look in the list for an entry called 'PCMCIA socket' or 'PCMCIA adapter'. Expand the entry and read the string that is displayed. (If your system has multiple PCMCIA slots, there will be multiple entries here.) If the string contains the term 'Cardbus Controller' then your system does have a 32-bit Cardbus slot and can use 32-bit Cardbus PCMCIA cards. Otherwise it has an old 16-bit legacy slot which is not compatible with 32-bit Cardbus cards.

On Apple machines, the following machines are Cardbus compatible:

PowerBook G3 Series
PowerBook G3 Series (Bronze Keyboard)
PowerBook (FireWire)
PowerBook G4

Not sure which model computer you have? Please refer to this link: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=24604 on the Apple web site.

NOTE: Please make sure the item you are interested in supports MAC before ordering. The product description will tell you if it does or not.

If you have any further questions or need any assistance, please feel free to call us at 1.800.274.7897 from the USA or 865.988.7906 from elsewhere. Or you can email us at contact@byterunner.com.

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