What do you put in your pbook PC card slot?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bmelon, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. bmelon macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2004
    I've got a 15" Powerbook 1.33, and I use every port on a daily basis except the PC card port, which I've never used. I know that it's easy to get a wireless card for that port, but I already have Airport Extreme. So what's left? A port that big must have some good uses, right? Any suggestions?
  2. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    You could get an SD/MMC or compact FLASH card reader. I believe you can use it to add additional USB/Firewire ports. Someday when I have time I plan to try to write device drivers for a couple of CardBus cards my company has developed.

    Or you could use it as a piggy bank and shove quarters in it, although I don't recommend this unless you never want to turn on your PowerBook again.
  3. bmelon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2004
    Thanks for the advice Atszyman!
    Any tips on where to find those types of cards for the mac?
  4. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I just play with the little card eject button-thing. I know there is a card that comes out into a bunch of audio ports, i saw it on some guys pbook at a recording studio once. As for the name, i'm not sure. but it exists, if your into that sort of thing.
  5. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    I regularly use it to downlad images into iPhoto from my Compact Flash card with adapter.
  6. 36183 Guest

    Jun 24, 2004
    -PC Card slot
    -Firewire 800
    -Security lock

    that is the list of ports on my powerbook (15 inch) that i am yet to use.
  7. andrewfee macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2004
    How are PC Card CF adapters for speed etc? I've been thinking about buying a USB2.0 one, but if the speeds are good, I think a PC Card one would be better. (I assume they're flush with the side of the Powerbook without a cf card in?)
  8. capone2 macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2005
    compact flash card

    i have only used it to download pics to iphoto, gives you the freedom no cables around......USB or firewire!!

    PB 17" 1.5 :cool:
  9. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    I use it for a CF card adapter, which I use all the time to pull images off my camera. I've never used it for anything else.
  10. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    PC card slot is kind of like the laptop version of a PCI slot. So I would think it would be faster than USB or Firewire.
  11. andrewfee macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2004
    Thanks everyone; I've just looked into it, and ordered a Delkin Pro Cardbus adapter.

    It seems that regular PC Cards run slower than USB2 / Firewire adapters, but this Cardbus one is about 4x faster than PCMCIA and 1.2x faster than Firewire (400 presumably)

    I love the fact that I won't have something else sitting on my desk, and that it'll be able to go wherever my Powerbook goes. :D
  12. robshakir macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2005
    I use mine for a 3G datacard, for connectivity on the move :)

  13. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  14. jalagl macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2003
    Costa Rica
    Since I have an older PBook that doesn't have USB2.0, I have a PCCard USB2.0 Adapter. It also puts 2 USB ports within easy reach :)
  15. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    on my old wintel laptop with no built-in wifi i used to use a wireless card, but i can't think of anything i'd use it for other than, as people had mentioned, a compact flash or sd card reader
  16. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I don't see how it can be a security lock? Can't you just pull the card out?
  17. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Back when I had a PowerBook G4 667 (older model), I never used the PC Card slot. I didn't even know that it had one.

    The security lock is a separate port from the PC Card slot.
  18. Graeme4 macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2005
    Southampton, UK
    I've got a couple of PC cards from my old PC laptop. Does anyone know if they can be used on a Powerbook? I have a wireless card (probably useless as I have Airport now) and a hi-speed USB card (the PC only had USB 1.0 and this card gave it 2 x USB 2.0 ports) which would be useful as I could use it as a smaller hub.
  19. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    i also use the delkin card reader really helps when ur downloading 512 or 1 gig of a memory card after a hard day of shooting :)
  20. Marneus macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2005
    The last laptop I had (A god-awful NEC Versa Note) had a built in network card, so I used my cardslot for a modem.

    The way I see it, Laptops are getting more and more fitted out with tech as standard that previously was only an option, so cardslots are getting more obsolete.

    As for speed, the first zip drive I got had the option of PCMCIA card connector or USB. The card was woefully, woefully slow compared to the USB connection. Not sure if thats a good example.

    As for what cardslots can be used for now, I like the idea of having a MS reader, but I think you can get GPS cards which would be kinda cool to have, especially if you do a lot of driving, just sit the laptop on the seat beside you and run it as an in-car GPS that keeps sending you down dead-end gravel roads.
  21. Angelus macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2002
    New Zealand
    Like other people here i stick a compact flash reader in mine and use it with my camera. It's much faster than usb.
    Since mine's a 667 dvi i could use it to add USB 2.0 or wifi but i don't like having something stick out so much from my powerbook. Very likely to get caught on something.
  22. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    I have only used mine a couple times, that was for a Firewire/USB2 card. Actually a pretty cool piece.

Share This Page