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No problem I was wondering what was the slot or port under my memory card reader of the Gateway m7315u. I know what all the phone lines, and usb ports are but this port confuses me. thanks for your time. Josh

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I can't find any decent photos of your laptop online so I can't see what you're seeing, but it may be one of several things:

1) A PCMCIA or Express Card slot - this is a flat, long slot that usually has a dummy plastic "card" in it. You put wifi, network, sound, modem, video capture etc. cards in here

2) A smartcard reader - often located just under an express card slot - is a very thin slot where you put a business-card like ID card which can authenticate you, like a fingerprint. When you take it out your computer locks automatically. These are a defunct security standard usually on business laptops, not used much anymore but it's so small that a lot of laptops come with them anyway. In fact it's easy to not even realize it's there.

3) A proprietary expansion slot - HP in particular are known for putting special "expansion ports" just for HP devices. Perhaps this laptop is the same.



I'd bet it's probably #1.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008

  • Frosty555 Dec 24, 2008

    Actually, it may also be an HDMI port, for high definition video output (e.g. to a HD TV). If it looks like this, it's HDMI:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-Defini...

    If it looks like this, it's a firewire port, which is a data transfer format used for transferring info between certain high end camcorders, and a few kinds of external hard drives / dvd drive
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FireWire

    If it looks like this, it's an express card / pcmcia port:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExpressCard

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