Question about Gateway PC Laptops
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
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Advent 6551 Laptop Specification CPU Intel Celeron Dual Core T1600 (1.66GHz) BIOS Phoenix BIOS. Press F2 to enter Chipset Intel GL40 Express Memory 1GB DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz SODIMM (2 memory slots. Max 4GB) Hard Drive 160GB CD Drive DVD±RW Screen 17" Widescreen TFT (native resolution 1440x900) Video Card Integrated Intel GL40 Express Chipset Family Webcam Built in Sound Card Realtek ALC888 High Definition Audio Network Card Realtek 8139 / 810X (Onboard)
MSI MN54G 802.11bg Wireless G Mini PCI Card (MS-6877) Ports 1x Headphone
1x Expresscard slot
1x Card Reader
2x USB 2.0
1x Kensington Lock
1x eSATA *
1x DVI Battery U40-3S3700-B1Y1 (11.1v 3700mAh) Size 27.8 x 287 x 402mm (HxWxD) Weight 3.4kg Colour Black Made By F71IL1 * The eSATA port also doubles up as a 3rd USB port.
Your laptop should have been supplied with a Utility CD which contains a copy of the user manual and all the drivers. There is also a copy of the drivers on the laptop itself, you can find it by browsing to the c:\applications\drivers folder. Finally you can download some of them from The Tech Guys website.
The Wireless LAN card uses a Ralink RT72 chipset so if you're struggling to find drivers then the "USB(RT257x/RT2671)" ones on the Ralink site should work - http://www.ralinktech.com/support.php.
Memory Upgrades This laptop has two memory slots. One slot is accessed by removing the cover underneath the laptop (see the "Bottom of Laptop" section below)
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