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PCMCIA card as a RS232 serial port on Satellite Pro 4200

Question: PCMCIA card as a RS232 serial port on Satellite Pro 4200

I am thinking to use one PCMCIA card as a RS232 serial port. The program that i need to use is running under DOS and needs two serial ports. My question is what i need to run the program and the serial port to be recognized by the system. I have a 4200 satellite pro series laptop.

Thank you

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Answer: PCMCIA card as a RS232 serial port on Satellite Pro 4200

Why on earth should you want that ?
Your laptop has a serial port hasn't it ?

Well for serial ports are standard supported under Windows. In a Dos-box this should be no problem.

But pure Dos could be a problem.
I guess you also need DOS-drivers for your PCMCIA-card...

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I?m having drivers problems with sp 4200 series laptop with win 98. I have managed to find display driver, but pcmcia-card driver is missing. And, I cannot connect to internet because im using pcmcia-based Wlan card for internet access.
I?m writing this with my friends computer.

Could someone help me please?

Answer:Satellite Pro 4200: Need Win98 PCMCIA card driver


Maybe become you the Driver of the Toshiba Website nes


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Question: RS232 serial port

Does the HP Probook 650 G1 Notebook PC come with a built in RS232 serial port. If not is it an option. If it is not avaiable is there a model with the RS232 port built in or available with an option.

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Does anybody know if a RS232 port is the same as a serial port?

Answer:RS232 the same as serial port?

Well, I think so. Just do some google image search on "Serial port" and see if that's you mean.

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Since installing SP3 to my Windows XP Pro system my RS232 serial port no longer works. I have a Hyperpen tablet that has an RS232 connection so it no longer functions. Is there a converter that I can attach to the male RS232 so I can connect via a USB port? I have seen a USB 2.0 to RSB (male) serial adapter dongle but that is of no use. I'd appreciate any suggestions towards resolving this.

Answer:RS232 serial port not working

Have you checked in Device Manager to see if it is working there , or if there any conflicts . It won't have just broken , it must be a software problem as it occurred as you loaded SP3 , it might just need reconfiguring , what does the tablet need in terms of port speed etc. , data bits , flow control etc. ? Ashley

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Hi - here's an idiot question for you. I need to know whether or not my laptop (Dell Inspiron 2200) has something called an RS232 serial port. I think it probably doesn't, as I couldn't find it mentioned in System Information. But I'd like to know for sure before I fork out £30 for a USB adapter, which is what I'm told I'll need if there is no RS232 port. It's needed for a programme called DesignaKnit 7 - details of which can be found at, if anyone is interested. So, can anyone tell me how to find out for certain whether or not I have this port? Thanks v much, Helen

Answer:Do I have an RS232 serial port for cable link?

You do not have an RS-232 port on that laptop. Note that the site in question has specific recommendations for the RS-232 <-> USB link device, and I'd pick one of their recommendations:

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Hi,I'm considering switching out my "old" W500 with the new W520 machine. I now have serial port through my dockingstation, but i have not found any dockings for W520 with serial port out Is there a way to solve this issue, can I use the new W520  with my old W500 docking maybe?

Answer:W520 - I need Serial port (rs232/485) in the machine or docking station?

There are several USB -> RS232 solutions available from different suppliers. You could also use an ExpressCard adapter on the system itself.

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Need some advice a quick as possible.

Windows XP Pro
ofc had a built in serial port go bad, it was hooked to a charicter generator (don't no how to spell charicter) for a tv channel.
Installed a Controller Card with two serail ports PCI Multi I/O Controller Card, it didn't show up in the device manager was having problems getting the driver to work. says to load driver first then put in the pci card. Anyway it wouldn't work. The port that was built in (that went bad was on com 1) When the new card didn't work I used a usb with a serial adaptor and it went in fine and showed up in the divice manager and it said it was working and it started out on com 3, I no each time you plug the adaptor into a different usb port it goes to a different com port. That isn't a problem cause it would stay in the same port. Anyway device manager said it was working we changed the charicter generator to com 3 but it wouldn't work. We no the cables are good. I then got a PCI Card with one serial port instead of two and installed it and it show right up in the device manager and said it was working and I for get what comport it was on but changed it to com 1. that port didn't work either. Finally brought in another windows xp computer and hooked everhthing to it and it works. The xp computer I brought in had no serial port so used the same usb to serial adaptor that we had used and it work the first time. Show up in the device manager just like on the first comp... Read more

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I neeed a usb port on my laptop and was wondering if anyone knows of any PCMCIA card which hold this port or any solution for this.


PC World, Dabs, Amazon; to mention just a few retailers who sell them. Cardbus Adapters as they are called come in all varieties:- USB, Firewire, WIFI, Modems. You name it they do it. The USB cardbus adapter for use in a PCMCIA slot, costs between £25 and £40 depending where you buy from.

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Hey guys, how are ya?

I just had one question. I have a firewire audio interface and it needs a 6pin to power the device. My laptop only had a 4 pin and I didn't want to use the power adapter as it was quite cumbersome.
I bought a compaq 2 port firewire card last night but it doesn't seem to provide power to the interface. Is it just this card? or would it be possible with any card bus to power up my interface?

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My new laptop doesn't have a Serial RS232 connection but I use one occassionally to download data to a Satellite Receiver.I've bought a RS232 to USB cable which was supplied without a driver. I've tried installing using XP's integrated drivers without success. Can anyone suggest where a suitable driver might be sourced? I've tried click here

Answer:USB to RS232 Serial cable

Possible source:click here(Drivers link, hopefully may work!)

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I have purchased a usb to serial adapter but the drivers are not functional.

Every time I plug the cable inside my computer i get a USB device not recognized message. Under device management > Universal Serial Bus controllers > Unknown Device.

The drivers that i have is called "PL-2303 Driver Installer". Even after installing this driver, I still have no luck. I know it is possible to update the driver but the driver format would have to be in a .INF file. In this case the driver is a .exe file so i have no idea what to do.

Any help would be really greatly appreciated also the drivers are available @

If the device is functional and installed, it should be under the COM ports in device manager but like i said before it is not and is listed as "Unknown Device".

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What is the maximum length that you can run a serial cable before having communication problems?

Answer:RS232/serial cable length

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Hello, so I bought cheap usb to rs232 cable off ebay and been trying to get it working. I tried installing many different drivers from internet and still windows is not recognizing my cable. I tried to copy drive file to system32\drivers, no luck.

Has anyone else had similar problem? Do I need to buy prober cable with driver cd included?

Thank you

Answer:Usb to serial rs232 no working drivers

You need a Prolific PL2303. Its the ONLY one I've found that will work with my wife's Singer Embroidery machine. It works on both Win 7 and Win 8. Plugable USB to RS-232 DB9 Serial Adapter (Prolific PL2303HX Rev D Chipset): Computers & Accessories

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as you know the Equium M40X-189 P-M 730/XP has an RGP monitor port and does not have RS232 port.
I?m working with Auto-titration device which require RS232 port for connection!
Any idea of how i can connect my notebook to this device!

pls help

Answer:Equium M40X-189: How to connect RGB port to RS232 port?

sorri i meant RGB monitor Port!

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oke this is the problem,i have a Philips BDL4221, i accidently locked the remote control and the onboard buttons, so i cant change the input or change anything on the tv, i tried to send some thing via 232analyzer but i have no idea what to do, the tv send me 2 messages back those are CTS turned on and DSR turned on, i found this in the user manual from the tv but i dont have any idea what to do with this:3.  Serial Interface Communication Protocol 3.1 General specifications 3.1.1  Protocol definition  Communication to the main monitor microprocessor is possible through the serial  port, which  support a communication protocol dedicated to BDS only. The protocol is specifically  designed to allow data communication in half duplex multi-point environments,  but  it can also be used for half duplex point-to-point RS-232 communication. 3.1.2 Communication characteristics A half duplex communication is implemented starting from the concept of a master-slave structure, where the monitor is supposed to be the slave. The first action is always taken by the master, which can be either a built-in PC-based video controller in a MASTER monitor or any external device (acting a server) interfaced to  the monitor. After sending a command or a request in the appropriate format (see section 3.2), the master receives form the slave an acknowledgement, which tells the transmitter whether the command is not valid (or not executable, anyway) or  ... Read more

Answer:sending ascii commands over serial rs232 to Philips TV

Looks all good. But for one thing. How do you do 57600 bps with a typical serial port?QuoteBaud rate  57600 bpsAre you sure?

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oke this is the problem,i have a Philips BDL4221, i accidently locked the remote control and the onboard buttons, so i cant change the input or change anything on the tv, i tried to send some thing via 232analyzer but i have no idea what to do, the tv send me 2 messages back those are CTS turned on and DSR turned on, i found this in the user manual from the tv but i dont have any idea what to do with this:3.  Serial Interface Communication Protocol 3.1 General specifications 3.1.1  Protocol definition  Communication to the main monitor microprocessor is possible through the serial  port, which  support a communication protocol dedicated to BDS only. The protocol is specifically  designed to allow data communication in half duplex multi-point environments,  but  it can also be used for half duplex point-to-point RS-232 communication. 3.1.2 Communication characteristics A half duplex communication is implemented starting from the concept of a master-slave structure, where the monitor is supposed to be the slave. The first action is always taken by the master, which can be either a built-in PC-based video controller in a MASTER monitor or any external device (acting a server) interfaced to  the monitor. After sending a command or a request in the appropriate format (see section 3.2), the master receives form the slave an acknowledgement, which tells the transmitter whether the command is not valid (or not executable, anyway) or  ... Read more

Answer:sending ascii commands over serial rs232 to Philips TV

Looks all good. But for one thing. How do you do 57600 bps with a typical serial port?QuoteBaud rate  57600 bpsAre you sure?

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I b ought one of these adapters off eBay so I could connect my GPS to my computer via USB, my old cable was the serial port. Anyhow, the seller told me it would work with Vista but she did not tell me it wouldn't work with Vista Premium. When I connect the device it tries to find the drivers but is unable to do so...does anyone know where I can get the right driver? The CD that came with the cable is worthless. Thanks

Answer:USB to RS232 Serial 9Pin DB9 Cable Adapter Driver

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Does anyone know if its possible to get a 9 pin serial connection for my satellite a100? maybe usb to serial or pcmcia card?

Answer:How to get the 9pin serial port connection on Satellite A100


have a look on this page


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I have a 12x12 Tablet connected to serial port (COM1)and it will not detect or recognise this tablet.

The tablet is plugged in. The tablet light is on. The light changes from red to green when I run the stylus over it so it is not the tablet that is at fault here.

Please advise.

Answer:Satellite 2250XCDS won't recognise tablet in serial port


I assume that you use a Graphics Tablet (Pad). Is there any driver that should be installed before you can use it properly?

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If I plug the title-mentioned board into my H50-55 MB, the computer won't boot but only shows the Lenovo splash screen. Removing the card and all is working again.
I did a SEARCH for this issue and all I could find was a suggestion that the card in THAT thread wasn't compatible and they should try a different one. That is hardly helpful.
So if the card I have ISN'T compatible, what IS compatible?
I thought PCI Express was a standard?
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

Answer:H50-55- PCI Express X1 SYBA serial port card

No one at Lenovo reads this board or what?

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I recently purchased a PCMCIA wireless card for my Satellite A300-177 laptop and when i went to fit it found out that they use the express card now.

Just wondering would this converter fit
I know this might seem a bit obivous but with companies nowadays you never know if the conections are the same even though they share the same name.

Answer:How can I use PCMCIA card in Satellite A300-177?


Is your notebook delivered without WLAN card or you want to use faster WLAN card?

The adapter compatibility can confirm the manufacturer itself. They must offer specification for own product.

Anyway, I think your notebook has WLAN on board and I don't see the reason to have this big additional part. Sorry but it looks awesome for me. I can understand you must to have it because the notebook is without WLAN but .... I don't know.

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Hi all,

I hope someone can help with this problem. I recently bought a PCMCIA card with additional USB ports for my Satellite L30-10y laptop. It runs on Vista basic, anyhow I pushed the card into the slot and let windows load the drivers, problem is it will not load them; I get an error message saying that the MDT-0002 device did not load.

Is this a Vista problem or Toshiba thing?
Thanks for any help on this one
Regards Ciaran

Answer:PCMCIA card will not install on Satellite L30-10y


I doubt that this could be a Toshiba issue.
I googled a little bit for this MDT-0002 device error and this error appears using some PCMCIA cards on different notebooks from different manufacturers running Vista OS.
Someone said that the Pcmcia.sys (PCMCIA driver) must be updated.

I would also recommend contacting the PCMCIA card manufacturer support to get more details about some issues with Vista OS.


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I have an old model of Satellite and I need to connect it with a machine that has old fashioned entrences, with pins (mother and father) and was told that I need a replicator (serial and paralell).

Now, I'm very confused because I'm not technical so please advise me on two things: is there something that does such thing? (usb to old fashion pins) and if there is I really need to buy it (so please pusrchase details).

Sorry if I've been so bad at describing what I need. I'm an electronist and am working with big machines therefore I need to connect my laptop to the machine;s software.

Thank you

Answer:Satellite M45-S169 PSM43U: need to connect to a serial & parallel port

Hmm?. The new-age generation notebooks don?t support the serial or parallel ports?
Therefore you?ve got not many possibilities to connect a older devices to a notebook which was not equipped with the serial or parallel port.

As far as I know there are some USB-to-serial or USB-to-parallel port adapters.

Google a little bit and I?m sure you will find some good offers.
But note; I read somewhere that not all adapters work properly? you will have to investigate a little bit.

Good luck

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Question: RS232 port

I have just bought new software for my laptop, it's for diagnostics on cars. The software has been configured to use a rs232 (db9) socket on the laptop to conect to the OBD2 on the car, the only thing i have on my laptop is USB's and the 25pin printer port. Is there a way around this?many thanks.

Answer:RS232 port

USB to Serial Port connector?

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I'm planning to add a new USB PCI card to my 6 year old motherboard (ASUS A7N266-C...for the whole story see my recent thread "HELP - Should I mess with my old computer's BIOS?" here in the Hardware Forum).

I opened up the computer to check out the PCI slots on the motherboard, and it looks like the only room I've got is if I remove what I think is my Com1 or Com2 serial port.

My question is: Do I need a serial port on my computer? I'm not using it - not sure if I ever did. Plus, it looks like I have another (also unused) serial port in a bit higher up.

See the 4 attached photos for a better idea of what I'm talking about.

Please excuse my ignorance about these things - Any opinions?

Answer:Can I remove my Serial Port to make room for a PCI Card?

Well it does look like a serial port. However, I think that you have a Creative sound card in your system and they were supplied with an add-on card for use with game controller (which I think this is). Look in device manager under Sound and see if you have an entry called 'Game Port'.

In theory removing the existing hw ie the add-on card is not likely to be problematic. Installing the USB add-on card may cause IRQ issues. Depends on whether slot 3 shares it's IRQ eg with any other slot.

Why not also consider an external powered usb hub as a possible alternative.

Good Luck

PS. I also just noticed that you have 2 other pci cards that you may well consider as candidates for removal. A modem and what appears to be a pci card with firewire ports (which appear to be unused).

PPS. Also noticed that if you remove the add-on card to which you refer, then you will be using pci slot 1 (adjacent to the vga card). Slot 1 invariably shares an IRQ with the vga slot so in this case I think installing a usb add-on card will create issues. Heat issues may also be another side effect even if your usb add-on card did work.

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OK i have a problem with my Satellite Pro A120's (xp service pack 2) cardbus.

I use the cardbus slot to add firewire conections via a IEEE 1394 cardbus card and have been doing this a long time. The other night my comp went into hibernate with the card still in the slot and still in use and when i tried to use it the next day the card was not working at all.
So i thought the had died on me and brought another one, this one to be exact [] .

When i plug the new card into the slot windows starts the installation add new hardware thing but does not find the driver, there is none on the provided CD and it does not conect to windows update to find one ethier. So the new card does not work and does not get installed, it just shows up with ! next to pci device.

I have looked everywhere on the internet to find the driver, read the manual etc.I even did a fresh install of windows so it might find the drivers but nope.
The only thing i can think of is the slot does not except 32 bit cardbus but in my manual it says this:

"The computer is equipted with a pc card slot that can accomedate a type II card. Any pc card that meets industry standards can be installed. The slot supports 16 bit pc cards, including pc cards 16 multifunction card and cardbus pc cards. Cardbus supports a new standard of 32 bit pc cards."

Any help please


Answer:Satellite Pro A120 - Cannot get the PCMCIA card to work

Sorry for bumping but i really need some help here. I have also found out my old card was 32-bit too so thats not the problem.

I just can't find the drivers anywhere!

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I recently picked a A200-1A9 from London and currently using it in India. And i realise that i cannot use my wireless PCMCIA card from the mobile operators for the internet connectivity.

There is no option for the card to slide in.
Am i missing something? Or is this a simple matter of not_ enough_search_before_buy scenario? Help.

Answer:PCMCIA Card Connectivity on a Satellite A200-1A9


If you don?t see any PCMCIA slots then there is no slot present!!!
Very simply? ;)

?.. but you are right. This notebook series does not support PCMCIA slot. There should be only a slot for the express cards.

Sorry but there is nothing to do!

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Hi guys. One question.

In a Toshiba Satellite M40X-105 which has a Type II pcmcia card slot, will this wireless card ZYXEL Wireless Lan Card G-170S 802.11g CardBus, work? CardBus card is only compatible with type II 32bit card slots right?

Does the laptop have a 32 or 16 bit card? Thanks

Answer:Satellite M40x-105 - PCMCIA wireless LAN card


Generally speaking I don?t see a reason why it should not work? PCMCIA slot = PC card slot.
Only express cards don?t work because express card is the successor of PCMCIA.

Alternative you can buy an USB stick with WLAN functionality if you prefer this way. ;)

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I have a Satellite Pro 6100 with USB 1.1 and I would like to install a pc card in the side slot that will act as a 2.0 USB / Firewire conector to increase speed, when using USB. My question is can this be done with the 6100 series? will the card act as a seperate USB at 2.0 speed while others (oem) stay at 1.1.
If this is ok does anyone know name and type of pc card to use?
I am running windows xp!
thsnks, Rick

Answer:2.0 USB and Firewire PCMCIA card for Satellite Pro 6100


As far I know it?s possible to use 2 x PCMCIA cards Type II and 1 x PCMCIA card Type III. Furthermore the PCMCIA port supports 16 and 32 bit cards.
You can use the USB 2.0 + FireWire 1394 Combo PCMCIA Card like this one:

Of course you can also try to use another one.


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Dear Sir/madam,

This Toshiba notebook has 1.0 USB ports. (Bought Jan 2002)
To enhance this notebook with 2 USB ports 2.0 I bought a Trust PCMCIA card(2 port USB2 Hub with NEC chipset)
I did not manage to operate the card.

The same card performs excellent plug an play on my 2nd Toshiba notebook M40 series

I experieced 4 months ago the same trouble with a wireless adapter in the same slot.

There is something wrong with the slot on the right side of the computer.

Please advise


Answer:Satellite 3000-504: PCMCIA card does not work


did you installed all chipset drivers properly? Usually the PCMCIA bridge gets it driver automatically from windows, but I guess that there mut be some additional drivers be installed.
Check the [Drivers Download site|]
from the Toshiba website and check for some driver updates or drivers you don?t have installed.

Another good idea would be to update your BIOS if not already did and set everything to default. Maybe theres just some false setting..

Would appreciate to hear some feedback from you regarding your problem...


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Hello, I have a Satellite P100-188. I recenly purchased a 3G Data card from T-Mobile. The card is a fusion made by Option technologies. No matter what I do I cannot get the laptop to recognise the card. I have tried the card in another machine and it works fine.........Any ideas?...... Rich

Answer:PCMCIA card not recognised on Satellite P100


Try to change some settings in the BIOS.
In the configuration area you can set the option ?device config? to ALL Devices.
Furthermore in the area ?PC card? you can try to change the option to PCIC compatible or CardBus/ 16-bit.

Play around with these settings and check if one of this will enable the card.

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I have been given a TOSHIBA Satellite 1730 CDT computer ; it is impossible to read an USB key or a external storage harddisc (excuse my english, I am French and do not know all the specific terms in data processing) the system does not recognize the material

What have I to do ? the computer is dating from 2003
Furthermore, would you please be kind enough to tell me where I can buy PCMCIA card for this kind of equipment ?
Thank you very much for your help


Answer:PCMCIA card for Satellite 1730CDT needed


According to this page the Toshiba Satellite 1730CDTsupports the PC Card Slots: 2 Type II or 1 Type III CardBus PC Card slots

I recommend searching in internet for some online stores which provide a PCMCIA card Type II (16bit) or Type III CardBus PC Card (32bit).

According to your USB issue:
I recommend reinstalling the chipset driver for this notebook.
The chipset controls the USB ports so usually the driver installation should help.

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My new card is not working. The CD that came with it doesn't even recognize my new PCI card. It's a DVI, and I have a DVI dual to VGA piece where it can turn the DVI output into VGA. I thought perhaps it had arrived DOA from e-bay, until....I went into Device Manager. Problem is, in my Windows 7 Device Manager, under OTHER DEVICES? My PCI Serial Port has a yellow question mark next to it. I learned from Windows XP that this means there's a problem with my component. Hence my new card won't work until my PCI Serial Port is straightened out. I've tried to click on it and update it, but when I do that, Windows 7 says UPDATING...and then it says DEVICE did not update successfully. So it seems this is something I can't do through Windows update, or something Windows update won't do itself. Anyone else had this issue? Seems to be driver related.

My pc is a Gateway e4610 small form desktop...

Gateway E-4610S SB Desktop
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, 2GB DDR2, 70GB HDD, CD-ROM/DVD-Rom.

Answer:Installed new video card, but PCI Serial Port is marked/ drivers?

Hi there ... Looks like you need a chipset Driver ... Go to Gateway website to download the Driver

Gateway Support - Downloads & Support Documents - Desktop / E Series / E-4610S

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I wasn't sure where to put this.

The MB (Foxconn N570SM2AA0) already has a serial port built in. I was having issues with the XP driver (nothing else available), so I purchased a PCIe serial port card and installed it. I did disable the on board port first.

I have two bootable drives and this happens with the orginal drive and the 2nd drive that I reloaded the O/S after I added the card. The O/S hangs 45 seconds, then continues to boot. I'm sure it's this serial card. Again this is with or w/o the driver installed running XP Pro w/sp2

The other possible related issue is com ports 1 & 2 are not available with the on board port disabled. Where in the registry can I regain these port numbers?

Hope this made sense.

Answer:Hangs durning booting w/ additional serial port card

Do this:
1)Press [Windows][Break] to open the System Properties dialog box.

2)On the Advanced tab, click the Settings button in the Startup And Recovery section.

3)In the Startup And Recovery dialog box, select the Edit button in the System Startup section.

4)The Boot.ini file will open in Notepad; locate the line that ends with the /fastdetect switch.

5)Position your cursor right after the parameter, press the spacebar, and add the /SOS switch.

6)Save the Boot.ini file, and close Notepad.

7)Click Cancel to close both the Startup And Recovery dialog box and the System Properties dialog box.

8)Restart the system.

When the system restarts, the splash screen will no longer appear. You can observe some of the operations that Windows XP performs during the startup stage.

To revive the splash screen, simply repeat the above steps to edit the Boot.ini file and remove the /SOS switch.

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I wasn't sure where to put this.

The MB (Foxconn N570SM2AA0 already has a serial port built in. I was having issues with the XP driver (nothing else available), so I purchased a PCIe serial port card and installed it. I did disable the on board port first.

I have two bootable drives and this happens with the orginal drive and the 2nd drive that I reloaded the O/S after I added the card. The O/S hangs 45 seconds, then continues to boot. I'm sure it's this serial card. Again this is with or w/o the driver installed running XP Pro w/sp2

The other possible related issue is com ports 1 & 2 are not available with the on board port disabled. Where in the registry can I regain these port numbers?

Hope this made sense.

Answer:Hangs durning booting w/ additional serial port card

Ok, I uninstalled the drivers, removed the card then rebooted. No change.
I disabled the 2nd SATA channels and the ethernet and firewire ports and still no change.

It still hangs on the "Windows is starting up" screen for 45 seconds.

Any ideas

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I want to use UMTS on a Toshiba Stellite Pro 4600. I got a PCMCIA Card from Vodafone and installed with all updates.

But if I want to use UMTS and, that means start the application and connect to Vodafone, Windows shuts down with a Bluescreen:
DRIVER_IRQL_not_less_or_equal STOP 0x0...D1, 0x0...00, 0x0...02, 0x0...00, 0x0...00.

I think the IRQ allocation is not that good :

Answer:Satellite Pro 4600: BSOD when I use Vodafone PCMCIA card


Did you check if this happens with every PCMCIA card?
I have noticed that the Vodafone card causes the BSOD on some notebooks with P4 CPU?s and enabled hyper threading technology.

But there could be also a problem with the Vodafone card firmware.
A firmware update could helps.

Try to contact the Vodafone support for the new firmware and further details?

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I tried to use PCMCIA card as the second FireWire controller from different producer but they not support.
Sweex - PCMCIA Firewire kaart
en Laptop PCMCIA USB FireWire 1394 Combo CARDBUS

I realy need the second FireWire the controller on my Toshiba Satellite A110-178.

Thanks Ben

Answer:Second FireWire PCMCIA card does not work on Satellite A110-178


The Satellite A110-178 PSAB0E supports a Cardbus 32-Bit / PC-Card 16-Bit slot and you can use ONLY the PCMCIA cards of type-II

Please be sure that your PCMCIA firewire card supports the hardware specifications mentioned above.
If not; you will have to buy an compatible one!!!!

Best regards

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I have Satellite A200-19L (NEW) laptop

could you guide me how to connect a ( Type II PCMCIA Card ) to my laptop

Because I think that this laptop dose not support this card.

Your fast response is required


Answer:How to connect PCMCIA Type II card to my Satellite A200?


If you think the Satellite A200 does not support this card so how do you want connect this PCMCIA Card Type II if the compatible slot is not available???

As far as I know this unit supports only the Express Card slot and the PCMCIA slot in not supported!!!


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I have a Satellite A210-128 Notebook.

The product specifications (Toshiba Homepage + handbook) say it has an
"*Express Card*" - Slot

But "Everest" tells me I have a "TI PCI84x2 (Typ: *PC Card (PCMCIA)*, 32-bit)

*What I really have PC-Card or ExpressCard (which version?) ?*


Background: I am thinking to buy a USB3.0-Extension card...but I guess it would only possible for a real Express-Card-Slot, and no "PC-Card (PCMCIA)....

Any hints, what is correct, would be nice!
Thanks a lot,


Answer:Satellite A210-128: PCMCIA (PC-Card) or ExpressCard (54mm)??


The notebook supports the EXPRESS CARD slot.
I assume you are able to use 16bit and 32bit (called CardBus)
The slot allows you to use 34mm and 54mm cards and the max data transmission should be 2.5Gbps

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I am using the Toshiba Satellite Pro 4320 (SP 4320). With the very old (first) BIOS versions 1.0 the system worked well on LINUX (Ubuntu) and Windows XP. Then I found the BIOS update (last version on toshiba website). I made the update from BIOS version 1.0 to BIOS version 2.7.

Now, I can't use any PCMCIA-Card.
Everythings works fine, but I can't use the two PCMCIA-Slots.
Cards will be recognized but the system says there is a ressource-conflict.
The PCMCIA-Cards (WLAN/WiFi-adapter) was working fine with the old BIOS version 1.0, but now it doesn't work.

Windows XP says: "ressource conflict" and Ubuntu/Linux says after typing dmesg: "pccard gives bad answer, e.g.".

Please, help me!

Does anyone has got an older BIOS version?
My idea is, to "downgrade" the BIOS back to BIOS version 1.0 or to version 1.x.

I have to downgrade the BIOS at least to 2.6.


Answer:Satellite Pro 4320: Cannot use PCMCIA card after BIOS update 2.70

Have you tried to install WXP again using Toshiba recovery CD?
I mean it is so old notebook model and I cannot imagine Toshiba will offer this BIOS update for so long time if there is some serious issue with it.

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After buying a used Satellite S1800-314 (it is working nicely) i wanted to connect in my RJ 45 network PCMCIA card. But it wasnt possible. Outside it looks OK but there is no plug inside.
So please, what do i need to do to make it work?

Answer:PCMCIA-card in Satellite S1800 Plug is missing

you mean to say there are no pins inside? you can have it repaired if you want, but ask first from the shop where you bought the lappie what happened to the pins.

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Hi everyone,

I have 2 Satellite Pro 4340, running Win2K, SP4. I purchased a PCMCIA Networkcard 10/100MB from Ultron (more or less no name :-) )

When inserting the card, Win2k recognizes the card but when the I plug the Network cable to it, it doesn't recognise the connection. Cable is fine. It appears that there is no power on the PCMCIA card. I read in some forums there is a problem with the driver Topic100 Card Bus and the voltage. I can find that lots of people have the problem but no where to find the driver to fix the problem :-/ On the toshiba support site I could not find such a driver. A

nyone have an idea, or better a link where I can download this driver? Any help is appreciated and thanks in advance for your help support and replies.

Answer:PCMCIA card does not recognize Lan connection on Satellite Pro 4340

If this card needs some driver you will not find it on notebook manufacturer download page. You must check card producer site.

Like you know in the world of computers there are defined different standards. Very often cheap products are not designed for those standards and you can have different problems. I recommend you to use high quality product.

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My grand daughter has broken the USB ports by leaving the dongle in and bumping it as she carried the laptop around.
I was advised to buy a Belkin USB 2.0 notebook card and slide it into the slot on the side of the laptop but it did not seem to fit.
I am a computer novice and would welcome any help however basic.


Answer:Satellite L300-1DN: brocken USB ports - USB PCMCIA card does not fit


Satellite L300-1DN has been equipped with the EXPRESS CARD slot.
You can use ExpressCard/54.

Take a look here on Wikipedia page:


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Hello i used to browse internet with a wireless cardbus WL-54-CB (ADVANCE) on my Satellite A60-120 running windows xp sp2.

I was working well until i decided to clean my computer which was slowed down by viruses.I use Ad-aware and Kaspersky and updated patches on wndowsupdate.Now the PC is clean but i have problems with the PCMICA card, when i launch IE i surf for one minute and windows crashe BSOD !
It displays :
STOP 0x00000001 (0xFE570000,0x00000002,0x00000001,0x819587DE)

Any ideas to fix it ?

Answer:Satellite A60 - BSOD when surfing with wireless PCMCIA card


I think this BSOD is related to software issue.
I mean the missing QFE or update could be responsible for this BSOD.

I assume you have installed your OS manually.
How about Toshiba recovery CD? It would be very interesting to know if the same happens with the OS from the Recovery CD.

As far as I can remember on the Recovery CD some QFEs are preinstalled which fixes some bugs. Possibly one or more fails on your OS.

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Hello !!
Can someone please help me,?? I've got problems with my Wireless PCMCIA adapter. The computer wont seem to find it at all. I'm running Windows XP. I've tried with other cards too, but nothing happens. Is there any drivers I need to fix the compatibility problem or something.
Please help me !!
Thanks !!

[Edited by: admin on 08-Jan-06 19:25]

Answer:Satellite Pro 4300 - PCMCIA wireless card not recognised


First of all please check the device manager if the PCMCIA device was installed properly.
Did you see some of yellow exclamations mark?

The second possibility is to enter the BIOS. There try to change the device configuration to ?all devices? and the controller mode to PCIC compatible.


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I have a need for an RS232 port probably PCI, but I see such a wide diversity of prices. Which should I choose? Some have a UART and some do not. Do I need a UART? Thanks, Jim

P.S. I'll be using it with ham radio software called Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) and a ham radio transceiver Yaesu FT-950

Answer:Adding an RS232 PCI port to my desktop

Check to see if you have a PCI slot. Some newer PC's only have PCIe slots and if they have a PCI slot it is a "bridged" slot to the PCIe bus and many PCI devices will not work or work properly on a bridged PCI slot.

I would check and see what others with that software are using.

(ex W5DVO/ZD8JES).

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I have a CyberPower USB to RS232 adapter. From the research I have done this should create a Com Port in my "Device Manager" so that programs
are then able to use it. I have researched this specific device and there are apparently problems with how it works on WIndows 8.1 but I have not been able to find a solution. The driver for the device was installed by WIndows plug-and-play controls. It decided
that the "HID-compliant vendor-defined device" driver version 6.3.9600.16384 was appropriate, however there is no Com Port in the "Device Manager" and instead a "USB Input Device" appears corresponding to the adapter each time
it is plugged in. Under the "Devices and Printers" the "Unspecified" device "CPS RS232 USB Bridge for UPS" shows up. 

When I attempt to use drivers from a different source (the manufacturer of the USB to RS232 adapter), the plug-and-play ignore the new drivers and use the ones from above.

How can I get the Com Port created so that I can use the adapter properly?

Is there a way to circumvent the plug-and-play and use the driver from the manufacturer?

Thank you for your help.

Answer:CPS RS232 USB Bridge for UPS - not creating Com Port

Regarding current situation, let?s try to manually install the driver by following these steps:

Device manager -> Right click the device and choose update driver -> Browser my computer for driver software -> Let me pick from a list of device driver? -> Have disk -> choose the driver manually to install.

Then let me know whether this device can work fine.
For further troubleshooting, please post back the image for descript more detailed about your issue.

For your reference:
SOLVED!!! cps rs232 usb bridge for ups driver UPDATE / DOWNLOAD
Please Note: The?third-party website/product discussed here is manufactured by a company that is independent of Microsoft. We make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance
or reliability.

Kate Li
TechNet Community Support

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is a RS232 port the same as my 9 pin com port?if I wanted to make software ROMs for my 8-bit bbc micro, what would kind of eprom programmer would I use?I'm a complete n00b in this field.

Answer:RS232 port & eprom Programmer

try an emulator to save the grief......Link:>

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Dear Friends;
We have many software installed in Laptop having WXP for trouble shooting purpose at machines. Communication of many devices is done through RS232. Some time it happen that a we fail to communicate with a device while everything is ok because some other software has already captured RS232 port of Laptop and it is hard for me to find out which software has done that.
Yesterday, after making communication with a PC via two soft wares, I tried to hibernate the PC but it failed to Hibernate as Com port was busy/captured while all the programs were closed. Is there any way to know which program has captured the Com port?

Answer:How do we know which program captured RS232 port??

I have used Portmon with XP 32 bit:
I am not aware of an equivalent utility though for 64 bit XP.

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I've been given an A60 to upgrade for a friend and one of the things needed is a wireless card.

I got a 32bit cardbus card but when I insert it into the laptop nothing happens. XP doesn't recognise it, the lights oo the card don't come on.
First I thought it was a faulty card but I tried other cards and get the same results and I've reinstalled XP and all drivers but nothing.

I've seen other posts about changing the mode in the BIOS but there's no mention of the CardBus in the BIOS.
The laptop is using BIOS version 1.9. I just want to check is there something I'm missing or is the CardBus slot just not working?

Answer:Re: Satellite Pro A60 - PCMCIA WLAN card does not work CardBus issue


Satellite Pro A60 has been equipped with the PCMCIA 32bit and 16bit slot which supports the PCMCIA card *Type-II* only !!!!

Did you use the *PCMCIA Type-II* card???

Possibly you used not compatible PCMCIA card? You should check this firstly!

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Good morning. It is my first time on a forum, and my English is poor.
I have tried to install a PCMCIA card with 4 USB-2 ports (hw & sw) on my Satellite 2410-413 in order to use a DTV dongle (hw & sw).

It will not work: The ports seem to be declared all right in the computer but in effect, a simple 64 MB USB-2 memory key [a Sony "micro-vault" key), will not work, and neither will the Winfast DTV dongle.

Paradoxically, both the mem key will work on any of the three USB-1 ports, and the DV dongle will light up on any USB-1 port. The PCMCIA card with 4 USB-2 ports is new. I cannot locate the origin of the problem.

Would any one help me with this question?
Thank you in aadvance for your reply. Here is (maybe ?)
Another way of formulating the question: how are USB ports managed by the system?

Answer:Satellite 2410-413: USB2 PCMCIA card doesn't work

Hello Rasta

Sorry but I think that this question should be the right one for PCMCIA producer. Try to visit their support page. Maybe you will find some answers.
Believe me on this way it is not easy to say why this happen. Toshiba is maybe responsible for PCMCIA card functionality but not for used card.

Good luck!

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I have a Satellite A100-259 which I've had for about a year without any problems.... until now, the PCMCIA Card slot reader appears to have stopped working.

When I insert a PCMCIA SD Card reader the laptop find the hardware as a "PCMCIA UNKNOWN_MANUFACTURE" and subsequently can't find any drivers for it. I have tried a couple of different PCMCIA devices and get the same issue each time, I've also double checked that the card reader works by trying it in the wife's non-Toshiba laptop.

The PC is a duel boot XP/Vista setup and I get the same issue under each operating system. I also think that this may have started after I installed the BIOS update to 2.20.

Any suggestions would b greatly appreciated,

Answer:Satellite A100-259 and PCMCIA Card Reader stopped working

Try to access the BIOS and set it to the default settings.
Don?t forget to save the settings after the change.

By the way; do you try to reinstall the PCMCIA driver?
Access the device manager and remove the PCMCIA slot from the system.
Then reboot the notebook and check if the Windows recognizes and installs the removed slot.

Good luck

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I just recently purchased the Belkin PCMCIA USB card FSU222 card to upgrade my 1900-303 to USB 2.0, as I have an external USB 2.0 DVD/RW drive. I am running XP pro SP2, I plugged in the card and install it without any errors, and when I plug in the Dvd/Rw drive, it installs without any problems.

The DVD burner reads DVDs with no problem and very fast, but when I insert a blank DVD to record, the drive reacts really slow. I let it sit there for 150 min and no progress and my pc freezes. With my web cam plugged in to the card, it?s even worst! It freezes my pc immediately! I downloaded the most recent driver from the Belkin website but problem is still not resolved.

I read in other forums, people with same problem as me! Is anyone with problems here? Is there a more compatible card to upgrade my pc?

Many thanks

Answer:PCMCIA USB card doesnít work properly with Satellite 1900-303


It is really not easy to say what the problem is but I assume that there is some problem with PCI-Cardbus. In my opinion ypou can try to make a BIOS update or even try to check if chip set utility update is available for your unit.

One guy at other forum recommends using a small tool called ?chipinfodemo1.1.5?. This tool allows cardbus identification and you can try to reinstall the cardbus controller driver.

Sorry but I have no other idea.

Good luck!

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I have installed the pcmcia card with BIOS update to V2.1 and work under WIN XP sp2.
It seems to work normal under device manager but when I plugged usb drive, it can't recognize it.
So I can access the PCMCIA usb ports.

Does this notebook support USB2.0?
How can i make it work?

Would you please help?


Answer:Satellite 105-S157: USB2.0 via PCMCIA card doesn't work


This is a very new Toshiba model and I assume it supports the high speed USB 2.0.
Sometimes the OS cannot recognize the external USB devices because of the power limitation. The fact is that the USB port provides the 500mA. This is a standard value.
If the USB device need more power the OS cannot recognize and enabled the device.
In this case the external power supply is necessary. Other possibility is to use the USB hub with a external power supply.

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This morning my Satellite Pro A40 (Celeron 2.6) fell down some 40 cm. It fell down right on the WLAN card that was inserted. That card is still alive and so is the rest of the laptop, but the PCMCIA slot is kind of damaged. I can insert PC Cards almost completely, just the last bit (where the pins are) doesn't go.

I removed the cover near the CPU and there I could see the PCMCIA-slot from the inside; I could see the main part and the last part where the pins are. That little part is like pushed upwards, as you can see on the pics.

I think I'd be able to fix that PCMCIA slot myself, but I can't remove it. I've removed all screws on the back plate, but it is still stuck.



The PCMCIA slot; on the left you see the part with the pins, which is pushed upwards. That's also what I see when I look at the pins through the PCMCIA slot; they are like pushed down, but I don't think they are bent.

WLAN card

The WLAN card; it is a bit damaged but it still works.

Does anyone have an idea how I can remove the back plate, or another way to remove the PCMCIA slot and fix it?

Answer:Satellite Pro A40 fell on wlan card; PCMCIA slot damaged

No-one having an idea?

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On a box running Server 2003 the application needs to talk out a serial port to an OPTO-22 I/O system. The Optoscan program from the manufacturer works just fine. Our application (which has been used many times before successfully) is not sending or receiving message. It appears that another application has grabbed the port.

Does anyone know how to identify which program is controlling a serial port?


Answer:Identify program controlling rs232 port

Portmon is a utility that should be able to tell you the name of the process that is accessing the port:

I use it at work as a RS-232/RS-422 protocol analyzer.

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I have inserted a D-link dwl-650+ wireless network pcmcia card into my Satellite 1400-103 laptop.

It doesn't work, and cites the reason as being, "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. (Code 12)".

I can't see any way of altering the resources of this or other cards, so has anyone any idea how to get it going?

Sorry if this seems a bit vague, if you need to know anything else, just let me know.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite 1400: Code 12 error message if PCMCIA card inserted


This sounds like a problem with the PCMCIA (pc card) drivers.
They are not assigning the correct system resources to the card to make it work.

Go to the system device manager and look and the PCMCIA drivers.
Try deleting them and let the system reload them next boot. Try to install the newest PCMCIA driver.

Best regards

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My M4600 Can not use USB & RS232 Port on Pro2X Docking Station.  This is new to me and in 100% mint condition as it had never been used and only turned on about 3 times.

I can use both DVI monitors attached to station, but can not see any of the USB or RS232 ports on my docking station.  My old M6600 can see them all just fine.

If the M4600 can not utilize the docking station ports, it is bye bye to the M4600.


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The machine works perfectly in every respect. Recently tried to add a wireless Avaya Silver card to the system.

Somehow the system has issues with the driver provided. I redownloaded the driver from the support site (now on version 7.62, the driver should support the card as a "Avaya Wireless PC Card".) I therefore do have the latest driver available.

Since the machine runs Windows 2000, with SP4 and all the fixes available, and I have not yet had issues on installing a card such as this on a Windows 2000 machine before, I'm a bit confused about what may be causing the issue.

The card is detected properly, and the driver is recognized. When installed the device manager keeps depicting a yellow exclamation mark on the Avaya card. When investigating this the error depicts that Windows 2000 cannot load the drivers on an error code 31.

I've found that Code 31 refers to possible support hardware that's giving issues. So I turned my attention to the CardBus controller (ToPIC100 according to the device manager). The version used is Microsoft, 06/20/2003, 5.00.2195.6717.

Appearantly there is a newer driver (5.1.2600.0) but I've not been successful in getting that one downloaded. Seems it's only available through Windows Update, which doesn't show the update as being available for the machine.

So... Anyone know how to get the Avaya Silver Wireless PCMCIA card active on a Satellite Pro 4320? Would I need a newer driver, or can't it be done at all?

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Answer:Avaya PCMCIA card on a Satellite Pro 4320 machine - error code 31 at driver load

Hello Neko

I can not give you exact explanation what you can do but in my opinion everything you done was right. The only thing that may be is that you must install the driver at first and then put the card in PCMCIA slot. If there is any possibility check the installations order.

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A system we use at work requires us to run gps's to serial ports. On occasion, after rebooting, windows detects the activity on the serial port as a serial mouse....then all hell breaks loose with the jumps all over the screen left and right clicking as it pleases! It's actually quit funny...

The way we handle bye killing power to the gps....which instantly calms the pointer down....then going into device manager and disableing the phantom serial mouse. It works....but the problem allways pops up again sooner of later.

I doubt many have had experience with this, but can anyone think of a way to prevent it?

Thanks for the help.

Answer:gps detected as serial mouse on serial/comm port

Check the bios settings to make sure that the Com Port is not set to WAKE-On setting, along with the fact that the serial port is set at Com2.

It also sounds like the Com Port setting in WinXP is set wrong for the Serial port, which I would check.

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I have several laptops without legacy RS232 Serial connectors. I have bought 2 different USB to RS232 cables but I cannot make them work (XP reports them installed and enabled but the Serial device on the end of the cable isn't recognised).I have Siemens and Nokia phone that connect via their respective cables and they seem to use the same driver as the USB/RS232 cable (Prolific Serial Device). I can only make the Siemens SF65 work and have to connect the Nokia via IR.I'm assuming each device is trying to claim preference over the Prolific driver and the Siemens is winning! However is their any way I can make the other devices work? I've tried connecting each to different USB ports (directly and via a hub) and installing the driver each time but that doesn't work either.Any ideas what I do next?

Answer:USB to Serial / PCMCIA to Serial

I've taken the plunge and reinstalled XP Pro and SP2 on one of my laptops. Then I installed the Prolific Serial Cable Driver before anything else. The RS232 to USB cable now works! However I now have to have a laptop for each USB RS232 device! I will load the rest of my usual software (less any other known user of the same driver) and see how I get on. I'm currently downloading an enormous number of XP updates (40 at the last count)!

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Can anyone help me?this may seem trivial to you but I have a laptop and I need to connect a PSION Workabout to download data. However, the laptop does not have a serial port. Is there a convertor which would allow me to connect a serial cable to a USB port?

Answer:serial connection to laptop without serial port

Yes there is, try this click here

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Can any body enlighten me?this may seem trivial to some of you but I've got a laptop and I need to connect a psion Workabout to down load data. Unfortunately the psion only has an RS232 serial port and my laptop does not. Is there a connector which I can use to connect a serial to a USB port?

Answer:serial connections to laptop without serial port

click here and click here j.

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while inserting a pcmcia card to the pcmcia socket it only discover a PCMCIA MTD-0002 card and it does'nt work ?

Answer:while inserting a pcmcia card to the pcmcia s

I presume you don't have the drivers CD?Look up the driver online as we do not know what type of card you are having issues with.Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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I have a m200 tablet and the obove mentioned dock/port replication PA3314-1PRP.
As the M200 has no serial port (rs232) I want to use the one on the docking station but it is not recognized as a device on my tablet.

Thew network connections and usb ports all work fine and the lpt port is shown on device manager. I have restored the tablet and it still does not recognise the serial port.
How can i get this port recognised so that I can use it.

Many Thanks

Answer:Portege M200: serial port does not work with port replicator

Hello Lee

I just can confirm that when you use Advanced port replicator III with Portege M200 several ports are not working. Problem is that Portege M200 does not support these interfaces.

This is a technical limitation and the PS/2 Mouse port, PS/2 Keyboard port, Serial port, i-Link port (Firewire), and DVI port will not be supported when Portege M200 is docked on the Advanced Port Replicator III. :(

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Dear anyone, remeber we had that as and option for the T60/ 61 ( REf part Number:40y8121)?$wwwpartnumlookup/_40Y8121 its not compatible with the T400. any idea what would be the part number for the equiavalent option for the T400? anxiously waiting for a reply

Answer:ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

I am looking for the same thing, bought two new ones so we can have a hard serial port and now it appears IBM has once again changed the Ultrabay. I have been unable to find one that works. 

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I'm looking for two drivers, and have run into a bit os a wall on the Lenovo driver website. - PCI Simple Communicator Port- PCI Serial Port Computer: Thinkcenter M58 8910 ARU.   Windows 7, 64 bit. I dropped a new hard drive and a PCI card into this machine, and everything looks good except that the PCI card is not recognized.  I see similar posts here, but none with solutions that work for my exact situation.  I'm not a tech guru, just a semi-educated user.  8^)  Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks,Bob 


Go to Solution.

Answer:PCI Simple Communicator Port and PCI Serial Port drivers for M58

I have the same problem with M58P and Windows 8.1_x64.- page no information about the PCI Serial Port driver.Any suggestion?

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have a laptop w/ Vista with no serial port. Purchased a USB to serial adaptor and that works just fine but I have an application that has to be configured to a particular serial port and if you unplug the device and plug it back in or turn off and turn back on after setting the particular port, Vista (and maybe XP as well?) assigns the ports and it is not always the same com port. I then either have to go in through device manager or the application software to change COM port setting.

Is there a way to configure Vista to always assign a port to a particular device?

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I have a problem regarding rs232-usb converter... I'm using Toshiba Satellite series laptop.
The problem I faced is I can receive data from my microcontroller to VB but I can?t send data to microcontroller...

However, when I use the same VB code and same converter, I try at my friend laptop (other brand), it works...
May I know is there any other setting I need to set for my laptop??


Answer:Satellite A200 and RS232-USB converter - canít send data to microcontroller


Do you have some problem with notebook functionality?
Are all ports working well?

Have you installed driver given on driver disk? If I understood it right you need this driver for virtual COM port creation.

Bu the way: which notebook model do you have?

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have a spare serial port on PC1 and a spare network card on PC2 also have the cable that fits between them will this work to network the 2 PCs I know you can go serial to serial and net card to net card but I only have one of each spare in both PCsany links would be a great helpthanks patto

Answer:serial port to network card can you network this

obliged for any helppatto

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I have an amateur radio program installed on my desktop Dell PC runnning Windows 7. The program is correctly installed but when I try to communicate using the Internet I hear no sound from my speakers. I am connected to the other station but still no sound.
I get a message saying "cannot open serial port COM1. I would like to know how to convert a USB port to a Serial port. Please advise.
Thank you

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I need to hook an Epson printer up to a Pitney Bowes postage machine.  The epson has a parallel port the pitney a serial port.  Having a hard time...any suggestions?

Answer:Converting a parallel port to a serial port

Caryn Linn......I just did a quick google search for parallel to serial adapter .....and there seems to be that animal , but its expensive ......,cat_id--497.htmlis this the sort of thing your looking for ?dl65  

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I want to connect my W7 PC via the above to a Parallel port on a HP Laser Jet (HP 6L)very old printer, which works OK on XP.Questions -1. Can I determine whether W7 has the driver before I buy a suitable device?2. What cable would be suitable?Thanks David

Answer:W7 USB or Serial Port to Parallel Port Printer

Drivers are available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 from click hereThe best solution would be to install a Parallel Port PCI card in the PC click here otherwise otherwise a USB to Centronics cable click here

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Question: PCMCIA Port

I have problems when I try to insert an NETGEAR Wireless PC Card onto PCMCIA port. This only goes a 30% long inside. Someone knows the solution for this problem?

Answer:PCMCIA Port

Chances are you have an Express Card slot not a PCMCIA slot. If that is tru,  PCMCIA cards will never fit.  Terry

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Hi all. I have Solme old Pentium II ulstra slim laptop. I have usb CDRW for it. It is very annoying that I need to plug the cdrom to power also (not just usb). I know that Usb by itself gives out 5v. But it's limited to 500mA. I tried taking power out of usb, It worked on my destop PC (gave out 2A w/o problems). But my laptop shuts down whole usb hub in the second i try to take away 2A.

I know that Pcmcia slot contains 3.3v. But does it contain 5v?
Any1 know where to find pinout of Pcmcia slot?

Answer:Need to get 5v up to 2A out of Pcmcia port.

Well if it is USB u dont need PCMCIA Slots

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Hi, I am about to purchase a desktop from a well known store...hopefully all boxed up and sealed. My problem is, i currently have a laptop and access the internet through a mobile datacard via the pcmcia slot. Seeing as the desktop will not have one of these ports, is is possibly to buy some sort of adaptor, eg usb, to provide the pcmcia port? I know they can be fitted internally but dont really want people messing about with it.....Thanks.

Answer:desktop and pcmcia port

Assuming your using something like a Vodafone 3G card this is an expensive way to connect to the Internet.Your new desktop is almost certain to have USB and Ethernet ports, It would be much cheaper to access broadband with one of the many ISPs offering deals.ISP review click here

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Can any one help in installing this card details listed below of laptop and cardThe drivers all install but are checked out when viewed in the device manager. I know that usb 2 will not be available but was hoping to use usb 1THINKPAD 760CD166MMX80Mb RAMExtended Bus Type PCI 2.10Win 98 4.10 installed NEC UPD720100Bus:PCMCIA Card BusType:USB Version 2.0Speed:each port 480M/bpsCompatible:USB 1.1 Device CompatibleFeature:USB 2.0 EHCI, and USB 1.1 OHCI CompliantSupports:Up to 127 USB DevicesProvides:3 External PortsPower:Over current portection, each port 500mAConnect:USB-A connector

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Hi there!

I need a USB port to attach a web cam - don't have one
The machine runs Windows98SE.

When I started surfing for info ... I ran into some selection choices that I have no knowlwedge of:

I don't know what PCI or PCMCIA means

I don't know whether I need USB version 1.0 or 2.0

Can you help me with this?

... also any suggestions on brand?

many many thanks

Answer:USB Port for webcam - what do I need PCI or PCMCIA

You need the PCI card for desktop, PCMCIA for a laptop.

Get 2.0, it's backward compatible........if you get 1.0 and end up with 2.0 devices, they will go at the slower speed.

As for brands, I would think they are pretty much for price.....

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After reinstalling the XP operating system on my T42p, I ran the automatic driver installer. I stick my wireless pcmcia card in the slot and it doesn't work (the internal wireless card bit the dust a few months ago). When I look at the Device Manager, under PCMCIA Adapters, it shows two "Texas Instruments PCI-4250 Cardbus" controllers. I don't know if I trust the automatic installer that Lenovo is providing! Does anyone know if the TI adapters are the right ones? I don't remember seeing that adapter in previous instances of my Windows installation; but then again I didn't have problems with the slot before. Thanks in advance for any assistance on how to get some wireless functionality.


Go to Solution.

Answer:pcmcia port problem

You can try removing the devices from device manager, then letting windows scan for new hardware. They should work with windows default drivers, but I've never seen lenovo system update install the wrong driver for such a basic pc part, so I suspect something else is up here. Perhaps the problem you were attempting to fix with the reinstall of windows was hardware based? (speculation). What I can do, if it would help is send you an Intel Pro wifi ag card, a genuine Lenovo so it won't be rejected by your bios. I can't promise you it will fix your problem, but if your system board is good and your current wifi card is bad, then it will work. I have several of them and $5 plus the cost of postage would be all I'd ask for, if you want to try it, or if you want to continue to get your PCcard (new name given to pcmcia) to work, try as I suggested and report. Some other regular members should be by soon to offer suggestions too.

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Hello all,

Now you are all going to laugh at this but I own a very crusty Toshiba Tecra 720 CDT laptop running windows 98 OS. to do the business accounts etc but I am paying for a seperate ISP connection for it.

I recently setup a wireless network around my house and a friend gave me a wireless Adapter for the PCMCIA port. I installed the software for the hardware as per instruction and inserted the card into one of the PCMCIA ports however in control panel and the PCMCIA utility both ports are reading "empty" ie not detecting the card.

I have gone through all the usuals like running Add new Hardware etc etc and it refuses the drivers manually.

But it is like my PCMCIA port is not enabled or broken. I have never used it until now.

I took the wireless adapter to a friends house to run on his laptop which runs XP and XP detected it no problems. The card says it is able to run with windows 98 etc but being a newbie to all of this stuff I am not really sure what to do next as their obviously isnt a problem with the card adapter itself.

Can anyone help me out here?

Would be very much appreciated.


Answer:My antique Tecra PCMCIA port


at first you shold check your BIOS settings. There is the possibility to change the settings of the PCMCIA slots.

There you can change it from PC-CARD (16BIT) to CARDBUS (32Bit).

Your wireless card is a 32 Bit Cardbus PCMCIA Card.

If you have changed it, the card should be detected and the suitable W98 drivers can be installed!

Bye Bob

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I have a Satellite Pro L300. It does not have a Firewire (iLINK) port, which I need to capture video footage from my Sony Handycam.

I am wanting to purchase a Firewire Express Card. Does anyone know what model is compatible with my laptop which is running on Windows Vista (and where I can purchase it)?

I did buy a Belkin Firewire Notebook Adaptor but it is not compatible with Windows Vista and it does not seem to fit. It appears to be too big for the express card slot.

Answer:Satellite Pro L300 - Which express card with firewire port?


Usually all Express Cards should be compatible.
You should google for firewire EpressCard.
You will get more many hits...
I found also some nice offers on amazon page?

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Hi all

I've got a Tecra at the moment, and have happily used a GPRS / WiFi card via PCMCIA for some time.

However, all of a sudden the status lights on the card itself have started going crazy. The device itself doesn't support much logging, but from what I determined the PCMCIA had become confused.

Specifically, it looks like the actual hardware needed to be reinstalled.

I have done a complete software reinstall for both the card and the O/S (WinXP) itself, but to no avail.

Whilst there are still a few devices left uninstalled by default, there is clearly an "unkown" PCMCIA there that requires drivers.

Any idea where I can get these? I can't find them on the main downloads page. This might be me looking with elbows or a case of rtfm, if so, my apologies.

Thanks in advance.
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Answer:On my Tecra M PCMCIA Port is shown as 'unknown'

It would be useful to know what model of GPRS / Wifi PCMCIA card you are using and the name of the client software.

Having worked on a well-known UK mobile network connection utility, I can say that these devices can get tempermental, especially when another set of PCMCIA drivers has been installed before or since.

You seem to have tried the obvious course of action, so you may want to google around to see if anyone has had a similar experience and possible solution.

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I have a Portege 3010CT that has a Port 24x PCMCIA CD-ROM. The old hard drive is toast and I have installed a new (completely blank) hard drive, onto which I am trying to install Windows 2000. I have updated the Bios to the latest available from Toshiba (8.00) and set the PC Card Controller Mode to PCIC Compatible.

I have created a diskette to boot with drivers for the CDROM from handle old Port/Noteworthy peripherals) and I keep getting the following error:

PCCARD CDROM Driver 2.27 - (C) Archos 94-98
No Unit Found: driver dumped

A:\>A:\mscdex /D:MSCD001
Device driver not found: 'MSCD001'.
No Valid CDROM device drivers selected.

The CD-ROM has power, the light is on, the cd spins, and the cd tray opens when the button is pushed. Any suggestions?? Or if it is easier, is there a way to create a boot disk to allow me to connect to our network, so I can access the CD-ROM from a share? Thanks.

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Bought a couple of PCMCIA 4-port hubs on has a NEC chipset and works perfectly..However the one with the VIA VT6212 chipset is "recognized" in Device manager,but it wont "see" anything I plug into it e.g my USB pen drive or webcam ..Anybody have experience of these gadgets?? I am using XP PRO sp2 .

Answer:PCMCIA 4 port hub wont work .its a VIA chipset

Try the USBMan website for information:click here

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Hi Everybody,
I've used a Satellite P200 laptop for about 6 years with Vista o.s.
I recently installed Windows 8 with reasonal good result.
Only the Card Reader port doesn't work.
It seems to be "dead"; even the indicator doesn't light up when an SD-card is placed in the port.

I suppose the Card Reader Controller is disappeared,
however, I don't now the name for it and, if needed, where I can find it.
Please help me. Thank you.
Tristan Koomen.

Answer:Satellite P200 - Card Reader port dead after Win 8 installation

I don?t think that port is death. It is just unusable due to missing driver.
>... however, I don't now the name for it and, if needed, where I can find it.
Drivers for Win8 nowhere. Do you really believe that Toshiba or any other notebook manufacturer will offer Win8 support for 6 years old machine? Definitely not.

All you can try now is to install driver offered for Win7 and hope this will help. If not I presume you can live with it.
> I recently installed Windows 8 with reasonal good result.
That?s good thing so be happy that Win8 runs good on this old machine.

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I am probably going to buy a second hand laptop for my student daughter and an ex-company Toshiba, which we found via a friend, seems like a good prospect.

I don't have full system specs but I believe it will come with 98SE, Intel CPU of unknown speed, possibly 550Mhz, 64MB RAM and 5.5 GB HDD, enough for her word processing needs (we have a legitimate copy of Word) but not good enough for her to play 'Pride and Prejudice' on DVD!

I understand that this is a discontinued model from 2000 or earlier so we may have trouble with spares etc. but the risk seems worth taking to save her a very long walk from her rented house to her university's nearest computer room. It won't be used online so I don't have to worry about security, except for infected floppies, so what I am interested in is the experiences anyone has had with Toshiba laptops in general and the 4200 series in particular.

I would particularly like to know if anyone has the 444KB Pdf user manual, (which is no longer available on the Toshiba site) and if anyone knows for definite if it is possible to connect a mouse to this model. TIA.

Answer:Toshiba Satellite Pro 4200

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does anyone know where i can get drivers for the sat pro 4200?

Answer:Drivers for Satellite Pro 4200


Did you check the Toshiba download page:

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Hi all

im looking for the display, sound and modem drivers for windows 98.
I couldn?t find em in the Download section, or google.
would be very glad if someone could give me a link or information where i can get this stuff.


Answer:Need drivers for Satellite 4200


Well, it seems it?s a notebook especially for Canada market.
I found on the Toshiba Canada website the necessary drivers:
Please check this site:

Please give me a feedback if it works.


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Is there possible to have a USB 2 port by using the PCMCIA ?

Answer:Satellite Pro 4200 series and USB 2

Says you can on this site:


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They told me that if you install windows xp it is possible to expand the RAM from 2,56 to 3,84 MB. This would be possible by putting in the slot a 256 MB card instead of the 128 MB one.

Answer:Satellite Pro 4200 series and RAM


As far as I know your unit has 2 RAM slots. I don?t know how much RAM memory your unit has but the max RAM that can be used is 320MB.

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