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post #1 of 3 Old Feb 27th, 2006, 8:25 am Thread Starter
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PC Card VS Express Card WTF?

My new HP/Compaq notebook has a PC Card and an Express Card Slot. The PC card slot was what I used to call a PCMCIA slot (where you used to slide in Compact Flash card readers, modems, network adapters, and all sorts of junk).

The Express Card slot looks, feels, and in fact accepts PC Card accessories but doen't acknowledge them. Doing a bit of Internet searching, seems like they "fit" the same things but only items designed for their respective slots work.

Anyone using the new Express Card slot on a notebook and what are you using it for???

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Essentially a high-speed external bus for interfacing. Mostly used with those machines that utilize PCI-Express bus. Not compatible with PC-CARD stuff, and MUCH faster, smaller form-factor, etc.

Official site here, FAQ here. Some products here.

Mainly used where high-speed is REALLY needed, like Video, etc - although there's not a whole lot of product out there... Here's a list of "approved" products.

Good luck!

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Thanks Gino . . . my Google search came up with much less! Thanks . . . the standard PC Card/PCMCIA slot cards fit just fine, but are not recognized as you are aware! Thanks for your reply!
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