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Bent pins on Gateway Solo 1450 pcmcia slot.

Hi my friend has an older Gateway and has bent some pins on the pcmcia slot. She is having financial problems - bankruptcy and lost her home to foreclosure and so she cannot afford to buy a new computer. She had wired internet via cable until times got bad. Yesterday, I bought her a wireless pcmcia card so she could get on the internet at McDonalds and other free wifi spots. But the pins on the pcmcia slot are bent and I cannot insert the card. I am very good with replacing parts on desktops and laptops but can find no instructions anywhere on the web for replacing the pcmcia slot in this computer. Any help would be much appreciated. I will buy the part and fix it for her if it is possible. She is a very nice lady who has helped many people in her lifetime but has now fallen on hard times herself. Thanks for answering if you can help.

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  • cathyp7777 Jul 19, 2009

    I already have the Gateway apart much of the way. It was easy to remove many of the parts because there was explicit instuctions in the service manual on how to disassemble it. But there are no instructions anywhere, including the service manual, on replacing the pcmcia slot. It seems that I can buy the slot online for less than $3.00 (without shipping), so I would like to fix it myself if it is possible. I have already spent money on the Linksys wireless pcmcia card and cannot really afford to buy a USB wireless card myself also. I was just doing this out of the goodness of my heart because she is a good person who has helped many people in the past including me. But I am on a fixed income and can't really buy two wireless cards for her at this time. Do you know if it is possible to replace this slot and where I could find the instructions? Thanks again for all your help and for being so fast! :-)



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It would be difficult to remove and replace the PCMCIA slot on any laptop. Buy her a USB wireless adapter from Linksys or DLink. It would be easier and less expensive for you.


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