Express cards for the MBP?

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  1. koops macrumors regular

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    Just wanted to know what express cards can be used in the MBP? i.e apart from card readers what other types of card are there?

    Also I know griffin do a card reader, are there any other manufacturers that make Express 34 card readers? I know the griffin does not accept the new SDHC cards. Just looking at what else I can buy before my MBP arrives!
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    there are surround sound cards. esata cards, firewiree 800 ports. usb extra ports. uummm... lots of things
     
  3. koops thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thnkas, surround sound cards -would this be the best way to get surround sound form your MBP?
     
  4. amusiccale macrumors 6502

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    There are also a few expresscard/34 solid state drives coming out (some now under $100?), though I hear conflicting reports on their actual speed.
     
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  7. uwguy macrumors newbie

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    Personally I use the optical output of the MBP to connect to a surround sound system. It sounds wonderful, and I was able to pick up the cable from the local electronics supply store for about $15 which is a lot cheaper than getting a new sound card.
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yup - assuming you have a receiver/preamp or a powered speaker system with optical inputs and a digital decoder, this is the best way.
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    huh??wat??? optical out on the mbp?? so lost they dont have one@???!?!?!? WTF!!:confused::confused:
     
  10. milk242 macrumors 6502a

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    but they do!
     
  11. Jestered macrumors 6502

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    You can plug an optical cable into the regular headphone jack. I would suggest to anyone doing this to not get a cheap cable. If you can find one get one that is metal and not plastic. I know a couple of people that bought the cheap ones and the plastic tip broke off in the port. Now they get no audio from the internal speakers. How can this be fixed you ask???? A new logic board!
     
  12. mike dunx macrumors regular

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    yup. i use the the optical output to my sony 5.1 receiver. i actually didn't know that you could get surround sound from this, but i just recently bought some surround speakers, so i'm glad i actually looked into this and didn't go out and buy a surround sound card.
     
  13. brettanderson macrumors member

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    Is there any sort of expresscard splitter that will allow me to plug in two expresscards at the same time?
     
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oh i see.. is the optical cable actually meant to be plugged into the 3.5' jack?? or does it just fit by chance/luck??
     
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    Goes into the same 3.5mm jack, but if you're connecting to a standard size TOSlink port, you just need a mini-TOSlink adapter.
     
  17. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm so ashamed Apple didn't think of this from the beginning.
     
  18. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ^^ aahhh thankyou for that. it wouldnt support surround sound tho. :(
     

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