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Pccard connect card option vodafone

I bought a connect card by vodafone manufactor " option express card 7.2"
it uses hsxpa driver IN XP
but system recognized only the adapter and never the express card option
i have downloaded last driver 9.2 of this card but with not any success , card don't works and not recognized
well i try to ask u if u can help me

t21 - xp2 - 516 mb bios last ibm

thanks franco italy

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  • sukabyte Jan 07, 2008

    hi mat,

    but this card it's not an hard driver c d etc

    it's an express card that use pcmcia adaptor

    so i have putted in pcmcia the adaptor for thinkpad t21 but in management i can see any active modem modafone

    the adaptor ( express to pcmcia )work ! infact it build 3 usb port and two port named hsxpa ... but when i put in the hole of adaptor the express card VODAFONE BY OPTON express card 7.2

    Don't work his led blue remain still fix don't blinked

    this express card should be at works it will build other port

    as modem umts or gsm ... net ecc

    thank u for ur time


  • sukabyte Jun 18, 2008

    well i'm Franco from italy

    i resolve all problem in this way ( ibm t21 pentium3)

    work fine !!!

    1) format all hd system (or delete all xp original driver usb and hub in system32 of windows)

    2) ( check port usb in manager they must be yellow)

    4) put option express card 7.2 whole with adapter in pcmcia

    (the card begin flashing red and blue)

    4) don't reboot the system , wait that manager seeks driver of it

    5) this is a sign that card is recognized as periferic

    5)put vodafone cd in exe

    6) it will seeks the card (say no ), ok ,ok , create new profile then don't reboot ur pc . try to do a connection by his program

    7) manager will checks other driver then automaticly get all rest of driver by his cd

    8) retry to do a connection

    9) gprs or umts

    10) don't reboot your sistem

    11) remove the card and wait 10 sec , reput the whole card it will go in flash red or blue

    12 )now u have tested that ur card work fine

    13 ) reboot the system and put ur card

    I found this solve after one undred tried and now it work fine

    ( but vodafone is very expansive :( )

    problem borns cause before windows puts his generic driver !!!

    as usb and hsxpa

    Ciao e Forza Italia



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No dear helper card needs more than 500ma ( i think ) so the problem persist!!!

awaiting a best solution

Posted on Mar 25, 2008


For the sake of completeness: I have the same problem with the same card, although I have a FSC Lifebook S4542 running Win2K SP4. The converter is identified as a USB host adapter but the card is not detected, not even as an "unknown device" or a device for which no driver is present. The blue light on the card is on solid.

BTW: An Option GTmax (which is a native CardBus device) works fine in the same laptop and with the same SIM.

I then did a cross test, inserting the converter and card into an IBM T41 running XP SP2. Here, after Windows has detected the converter and installed the drivers for it, another device - the data card - is identified. (Windows fails to find a driver for it, though, as I had not preinstalled the software). Device Manager reports that the card draws 500 mA from its USB hub (i.e. the converter), which is the maximum amount which can be supplied on a single port. With the amount the converter needs for itself, this adds up to more than 500 mA which the converter would draw from the CardBus socket. If a particular model of laptop cannot provide that much, problems would arise.

Another possible reason is a driver issue, i.e. the driver that Windows auto-selects installs for the converter does not report any errors, even though it is unsuitable for the converter or faulty and thus will never report any devices. (I remember having a similar issue with CompactFlash memory cards on some PC Card controllers - Windows would fail to access the data on the card unless I manually selected a different driver for the card, which identified itself as an IDE controller with a disk attached).

That's as far as I got... any further input that will take us to the point at which the card works as it should would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008


Sorry but it's not an hard drive that don't work in
but it's a pcmcia .
so i need that port pcmcia should be recognize my card VODAFONE
when i put in pcmcia the adaptor it works ( only adaptor)
but the card VODAFONE UMTS don't work
it's not recognized by pc ...
also his modem and other ports ( that it must do )
i can't see in managent board any card conflict ecc
for my pc it don't exist but adaptor (express to pcmcia )
was recognised
thank u for ur time

Posted on Jan 07, 2008

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Some times the computer can not give the drive letter to asigne automatically like D:/ or E:/ or your computer does not support that usb driver ok you can make manual changes or detection just go to control panel, administrative tools, computer manager, storage , disk management, and you'll see on the right side at the top all the devices that they are recognized by the computer and at the battom you'll see all the devices plus the one does not have a letter assigned click on the one has no letter or it seds unrecognized with the right botton mouse so you'll see the list of options do format and change driver letter path check it and assigne the letter to be recognized by the system

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