Those of You Who Have a MBP with a ExpressCard Slot

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ooans, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. ooans macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    I have a early 2009 MBP with a 34 ExpressCard slot. I have always had a problem that none of the cards lock into the port. Even though I can feel the resistance of the spring inside, and I hear a locking sound, the card is still quite easy to pull out of the slot - too easy. By this I mean: If I for example have a eSata ExpressCard in the slot an I attach an eSata cable to it, the card will turn loose and cause OSX to crash.

    I should have acted while I still have warranty, but at that time I didnt think the matter was that important to me.

    Lately I've been thinking of buying a USB 3.0 expresscard(Sonnet.) And before I'm going to go and buy one, I decided to try to fix my ExpressCard slot problem. I ended up ordering a new ExpressCard cage from a webstore.

    I received it today. I ended up using iFixit's guide to replace my old one. After opening up the MBP, which took its time since I've never removed the logic board before, I was able to detach the ExpressCard cage from the MBP. It was identical in every way to the new one I had bought. This also means that the ExpressCards I have didnt lock in.

    After taking a closer look at the ExpressCard locking mechanism, I realised that there is no such thing. The spring locks, but the card is in no way attached to the spring. It just happens to be next to it. The only purpose of the spring seems to be to help people get their expresscards out easily.

    The only thing that is holding the card in, is the port itself. By this I mean the tiny part of the port that goes inside the ExpressCard. Nothing else is hindering the card in any way. No wonder it's so easy to pull them out!

    This is at least the case with my 2009 MBP. I googled the matter, and many other laptops seemed to have the same problem. So this is not unique.

    My question to you all is: Does your ExpressCards lock in your port? (And if yes, are you absolutely certain of this? At times when I lock my card in in the start it _SEEMS_ to be locked in, but then after some time it is loose again.)

    If this is the thing with most laptops... I am curious if Apple have fixed this for the newer MBPs? Anyone with a 2011 17" have any good knowledge about this?

    Thanks for reading.

  2. CFoss macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    I am curious for an answer. TC, what model of ExpressCard are you using? I've heard some reports of certain brands of ExpressCards being somewhat flimsy with their firmware.
  3. drspace macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2011
  4. ooans thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    Which year MBP do you have?

    All my ExpressCards (that are too loose) are Delock.
  5. Inside_line macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2005
    2010 17" does the same thing.... eSATA expresscard comes out everytime I pull the plug. Gotta power down the card from apple menu first.
  6. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    I have a late 2008 15" mbp with expresscard slot. My expresscard ssd springs load in. Then to take it out, I need to press into it again, and it pops out.

    Go into an Apple retailer and try your expresscard devices on them to see if it's the same.
  7. drspace macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2011
    It's a 15" MacBookPro5,1 (late 2008).

    Yes, good idea. But if anyone here has the same Mac model with a memory-card-expresscard that stays in I would appreciate to know what expresscard you use (sorry if I'm stealing the thread!).
  8. roelie76 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    Scheveningen, The Netherlands
    I have an early 2009 17" macbook pro unibody. I have installed a 12 in 1 Sitecom card in the Express slot. I hear a click when I push it in and it locks it, so that it sits flush with the side of the macbook. When I want to take it out I have to push it untill I hear a click and then it springs out.

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