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submited by Russell Fri 18 Aug 06|
Edited Mon 21 Aug 06
So I cam apon a Used IBM Thinkpad (390x)|
detailed specs (pdf)
It's a nice laptop, the screen gets buggy but bumping it usualy fixes it. I installed a linux on it, and it's quite useable, we have a wireless hub at home so I figured I'd get a PCMCIA wireless card, slap it in and it would work.
Sadly this was not to be...
I got a simple $20 adapter from tiger Direct, and the unit refuses to idenify it. I did some reading and found that
PCMCIA standards include both 16 and 32 bit adapters. The IBM 390X only supports up to PCMCIA 2.1 which is only 16 bit... Ok I can deal with slower speed. It wasn't all that long ago that All the networking in my office was over 10Mbps 16bit network cards. ( OK it was a long time ago) but my thought is that I could clearly browse the web at that speed and not die, and I'd be wireless ... well guess what... So far, I have looked all over ebay and still haven't found a wireless card ( even the old 802.11b 11mbps cards ) that doesn't require the faster "32-bit cardbus" PCMCIA conection.
This laptop must have been made at the tail end of the use of the older busses and none of the wireless networking adapters that I can find were made to be compatable with it.
So Now I have a useless wireless network adapter. ( my wife's laptop has built in Wifi ) I supposed I could sell it on Ebay.
I'll have to try a usb solution but linux support for that is probably a lot more questionable.
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