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07-23-2002, 11:42 PM
I have an older rescued Acer 460C laptop - 486 with win95, 8 meg ram. When purchased, it had been completely wiped. I do have it working Ok now, Except for one thing. I can plug a PCMCIA card into the slot and it will recognize that there is a card in the slot and do it's tone...I can "Stop Service"and remove the card as normal. Device manager says there is no problem. However, it will not recognize it as a modem , Lan card or whatever. I have tried a brand new Lan card, and 2 used (but working) modems.When a card is in the slot, another icon will be created in the Device Manager as "Unknown PCMCIA device"and the famous yellow question mark over it.
Any help would be apprecciated.... going to the beach next week and HAVE to have access to email!
07-24-2002, 08:11 PM
What drivers did you install for the card and how. There is some info on older cards from HERE (http://www.techadvice.com/older/products/p/pcmcia-modems_older-models.htm) but if you have problems can you post the details of your PCMCIA card here and we might be able to get the support information from somewhere.
ps Many years ago I bought a new AST 486 Laptop and the retailers just couldn't get the PCMCIA modem to work (but I've no way of knowing if they were any good and I was much greener in those days about pcs in general); in the end they fitted an external hardware modem to a serial port. I just wonder if this was a general problem with this type of set up.
07-24-2002, 08:36 PM
I know on an old laptop of mine, if I changed to a different card, I would have to be sure that none of the other cards I had used in the past were visible in device manager-(ie-"Remove them"). And would often have to reboot the computer before the new card would connect. (And yes, drivers for the present card would be an issue)
07-25-2002, 12:00 AM
One card I'm trying is a old USR/Megahertz XJ336 card (33.6k). I downloaded the driver from USR's website and followed extraction instructions which created a driver disk. But when I click "setup" a dialog box pops up and says "Cannot find .DLL. Windows need this file to run A:setup.exe".
I also have an OLD 14.4 Eiger Labs card. Their website states to use "Standard 14000 modem".If I try to install the modems using "install new modem" in Control Panel, the system just will not recognize there is a modem inserted.
I also have a Lynksys PCM100H1 Lan card purchased this spring at Dayton Hamfest. After downloading the drivers for it, it also craps when I start the install program. At this moment trying something different with it. (Now it wont bootup! I'll have to start it in safe mode)
Gonna quit for the night, a brain can only take so much before meltdown!:mad:
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