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N4RPS:
Hello, All!

Some of my older laptops have only one USB port, or support only USB 1.1. For the Dell Latitude C640, both of these apply. At the same time, the C640 also has one or two unused PCMCIA slots available.

Having found a cheap used PCMCIA 2.0 card at my local computer surplus store, I stuck it into the C640. The Linux kernel recognizes and supports these cards, or at least the one I purchased - a Zonet ZUN2200.

This card adds two USB 2.0 slots.  This offers a 10X increase in the USB data transfer rate, and allows the use of newer USB 3.0 devices at USB 2.0 speed, as many USB 3.0 devices won't work on USB 1.1 ports.
 
For high demand accessories, the card also supports a plug-in cable to power the new slots from the USB 1.1 port, or an external 5 VDC power supply...

73 DE N4RPS
Rob

 

ohjrson:
Hmmm VERY interesting, What is the name of the pcmcia card? Sounds like I need to see if I can find one of those. Will it come up in the boot sequence to boot from the usb?

Let me know
ohjrson

rokytnji:

--- Quote from: ohjrson on October 12, 2014, 08:05:52 AM ---Hmmm VERY interesting, What is the name of the pcmcia card? Sounds like I need to see if I can find one of those. Will it come up in the boot sequence to boot from the usb?

Let me know
ohjrson

--- End quote ---

I run usb 2.0 + firewire + mini-firewire combo pcmcia cards on my older laptops like a Panasonic CF-48 and IBM T23.
I run Liqourix kernels on a different distro other than Linux-Lite on those laptops.
Bios won't boot off pcmcia period, unless you change the bootloader on mbr of hard drive to a pcmcia type of bootloader
like PLOP or Smart Boot Manager. I am not hip on which includes pcmcia boot options.

On mine. The kernel recognizes all firewire and usb ports though after a bootup. I have some old lspci reports showing this
to be true on the net.


--- Code: [email protected]:~$ lspci -knn
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge [8086:7190] (rev 03)
   Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge [8086:7191] (rev 03)
00:02.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI1450 [104c:ac1b] (rev 03)
   Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad 600X/A21m/T20/T22 [1014:0130]
   Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
00:02.1 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI1450 [104c:ac1b] (rev 03)
   Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad 600X/A21m/T20/T22 [1014:0130]
   Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
00:03.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: 3Com Corporation 3c556B CardBus [Tornado] [10b7:6056] (rev 20)
   Subsystem: 3Com Corporation Device [10b7:6356]
   Kernel driver in use: 3c59x
00:03.1 Communication controller [0780]: 3Com Corporation Mini PCI 56k Winmodem [10b7:1007] (rev 20)
   Subsystem: 3Com Corporation Device [10b7:6159]
00:05.0 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Cirrus Logic CS 4614/22/24/30 [CrystalClear SoundFusion Audio Accelerator] [1013:6003] (rev 01)
   Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad 600X/A20m [1014:0153]
   Kernel driver in use: snd_cs46xx
00:07.0 Bridge [0680]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA [8086:7110] (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE [8086:7111] (rev 01)
   Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
00:07.2 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB [8086:7112] (rev 01)
   Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:07.3 Bridge [0680]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI [8086:7113] (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility P/M AGP 2x [1002:4c4d] (rev 64)
   Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad A20m/A21m [1014:0154]
02:00.0 USB controller [0c03]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller [1106:3038] (rev 62)
   Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller [1106:3038]
   Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
02:00.2 USB controller [0c03]: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 [1106:3104] (rev 65)
   Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 [1106:3104]
   Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
02:00.3 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306/7/8 [Fire II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller [1106:3044] (rev 80)
   Kernel driver in use: firewire_ohci
06:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Ralink corp. RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI [1814:0301]
   Subsystem: Belkin F5D7010 v6000 Wireless G Notebook Card [1799:701e]
   Kernel driver in use: rt61pci
--- End code ---

That readout is from 2012 on my IBM A22M I sold (for a pretty penny I might add).
http://antix.freeforums.org/post24406.html#p24406

edit: I can't really give you the make of the card as it is a cheapo chinese generic pcmcia combo card
I purchased 2 of them from ebay years ago at $3.99 a card, free shipping.
There is no name on these cards.
Exact Image.

N4RPS:
Hello!

No, Plop will not boot a USB drive from PCMCIA/CardBus, but will read a USB flash drive after it boots from another drive plugged into a USB 1.1 port. I mainly use this adapter to back the PC up onto a USB 3.0 external HD, which will not work with USB 1.1 ports.

At one time, I had an HP USB 2.0 PCMCIA around here. If I can find it again, I'll test it. I am not where the other adapter is at the moment, so will have to edit this to add who makes it to the post later...

73 DE N4RPS
Rob

rokytnji:
Uh. Ok. Like I said, I am not hip but

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/pcmcia.html

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