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Pcmcia slot fault

Pcmcia slot started to fail after a XP update not sure if the main board just failed at the exact same time or somehow there is a softwear issue.network card started turning on and off during use and failed a day later.still have wireless through the usb 1.1 port with usb 2.0 belkin wireless card but seems much slower.im more of a parts changer than a pc wiz if I know its broken I can replace it but dont wanna be buying a main board if not needed.

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    Lowvdubnocal Mar 02, 2008

    I reran the hp hardware tests only items that came up were the 56k phone modem which I never use and the Lan which I know works fine but im not using my wired network nothing came up under memory or cpu.I plug in the linksys wireless card and no lights or anything as if the pcmcia port were not even there. anyone ever run accross this type of problem before ?

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    Lowvdubnocal Mar 02, 2008

    Redownloaded all the drivers pcmcia slot still dead.Otherwise im looking for a work around to the failed pcmcia slot and lack of the plug in high speed wireless card.the mini pci slot on the 2170 us does not have the builtin wireless card or antena installed like the 2175us. anyone know compaq/hp well enough to know if its a possable repair/upgrade ?

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    Lowvdubnocal Mar 03, 2008

    I guess the idea is to work around if possable spending 2/3 the cost of a new laptop

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    Lowvdubnocal Mar 05, 2008

    The problem with working with HP. is one the price $400 or more for a 5 year old laptop mother board is a waste.the other is HP after talking to parts and tech service does not want to sell a mother board.HP wants the laptop sent in for repair im guessing $500 or $600 in the very least.get a new one for less than that.the mini pci wireless card and antenna trick if it would work is used under $30.I guess the new ones dont even have a pcmcia slot and use usb 2.0.mine is only usb 1.1 if the compaq 2175us mother board will fit in the same case as the 2170us id just do the up grade as it has built in wireless and the bottom halfs look to be the same.but not something id wanna spend $150 on without knowing from a compaq pro if its even possable.

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Sounds like a uProcessor or memory fault to me..that sort of board wide failure is mostly due to a memory issue..

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 02, 2008

    hmm...I reommend a complete new set of drivers from www.hp.com

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 02, 2008

    i know it well enough to know that you are dealing with a partially dysfunctional motherboard.

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 03, 2008

    on this sort of thing, there is no work around integrated mother boards makes it unlikely to isolate it, such as in the discreet plug in slot card days.


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    Patrick Michaels Mar 05, 2008

    yeppers..time to get the data off the drive, and migrate, methinks.

    thanks for using Fixya

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