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    I've been looking on and off for several months for a notebook PC card adapter. I basically looking for an PC card adapter so I can stick wi-fi/CDMA cards into for a desktop or in like an external bay drive.

    why do i want this? my gf's work has provided her a Verizon Wireless CDMA notebook PC card with unlimited wireless access. she cannot afford to pay Comcast broadband their $45/month for access, and her work provided her this card for her work laptop, but she would also like to use it in her desktop. I saw such an adapter a LONG time ago, but can't find it.

    I also know some PCI cards are basically notebook PC cards in an adapter, but I have no knowlege of which ones will let you pull this off.

    any help would be appreciated:-)
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  • #2
    If you are looking for a simple PCMCIA to PCI adapter, you could use

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=C250-3746

    this was just a quick Google find, but you may find a better price somewhere else.

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    • #3
      Newegg has 3 different ones it looks like and they are much cheaper. the cheapest being this one:

      http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...124-021&depa=0

      Hope this helps

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      • #4
        Check the specs on the PC card and the adapter you are thinking about getting. All adapters are not the same. If your PC card is a CardBus/32 bit device then make sure your adapter is the same. Go with a 32 bit one as it will work with 16 bit cards as well. That Newegg one should be fine though.
        Rick S.

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        • #5
          I hope I am wrong, but, I read here somewhere that wireless cards do not work reliably in PCI adapters, I sure hope it is not the case since I am looking too for one of those cards for NET on the go.

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          • #6
            I am using one in a home PC and it works just fine. Not sure how well it would work in a car but I'm sure that's just because of the limited range of the internal antenna. If you have a card with an external connector then there should be no problem at all.
            Rick S.

            XP Pro SP2, Soyo P4RC350 MB, Nvidia FX5200, 320W PS, Inverter & uSDC20D, 2.4GHz CeleronD320, 512MB DDR, 30GB 3.5", Pioneer 106s Slot DVD, Linksys WMP54G WiFi, Lilliput 7" & 4" TFT LCD, Zippy EL610 Keyboard, Touchpad, Garmin GPS V

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            • #7
              Good to know, I'll call Verizon tomorrow for details, also Sprint has it, but I think Verizon has better coverage.

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              • #8
                thank you everyone! :-) my gf will definitely be happy that she doesn't have to pay for DSL or dial up now. heh.

                here is the card on verizon wireless:
                http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/s...edPhoneId=1517
                and from the manufacturer:
                http://www.audiovox.com/webapp/wcs/s...2526&langId=-1
                I am definitely sticking with a 32 bit one. i don't need the headaches of a 16 bit card.

                the verizon card *does* have a little jack where an antenna could connect. I was able to find that you can hook an external antenna into the card, and boost its signal 1-2 bars:
                http://www.yourwirelesssource.com/Ph...VERIZON+PC5220
                "If it works this good why F with it?" -KMFDM "Intro"

                Strive for ethical wardriving: http://faq.wardrive.net/

                My CarCPUs: v1 - 2000 | v2 - 2004
                Mp3Car Meets: http://detrimental.org/eyecandy/MP3CarMeets

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                • #9
                  almost the same hunt

                  I too am looking to know if such a device exists, however, I dont have the ability to use a PCI slot, does a usb/firewire to cardbus/32 exist. Essentially, Im looking for a dongle that connects to a pci port, and provides a cardbus/32 port for placing a pcmcia GPRS card into...

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