**** Dell

Posted by Mike Merritt in Personal Life, Rambling on

I never thought I’d say this, since my experience with Dell laptops has been more or less satisfactory, but **** Dell.

So, I wanted a Firewire card for my laptop, so I could do some video stuff.  Pretty reasonable request, right?  Should be easy to find, right?  Well, it was easy to find, and my dad got one from one of his vendors.  Not thinking, since EVERY OTHER LAPTOP MAKER USES PCMICA (PC CARD), he got that kind.

So, my Firewire card came today.  I come home to put it in, and find a problem: it’s only going in halfway!  I go to Dell’s site to find out why this might be, but of course their specs for my computer suck.  So, I look up on Google “Dell B130 PC Card.”  And what do I find to my surprise?

It’s a ******* express card slot!!!!  So, my card’s not going to work with it, since the express card is different.  And you know what?  On a quick search on eBay, it seems they cost A LOT more than PC Cards (which tend to be an industry standard, and have been for years)!  And everywhere I’ve seen still seems to be using them, mostly!  Even Verizon touts their PC Card wireless internet.

I know I should have checked before buying, but neither me or my dad thought of it, since most laptops we’ve dealt with have uses PC Cards.

This…sucks.  Now we gotta get an express card Firewire card, so it’ll take even longer!!!


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Rabindra •

Hey i think i have the same problem. I have a dell b130 too and i found a card on ebay it dosnt look like an express card but my uncle says it should work. Email me about it, heres the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150167137469&ssPageName=MERCOSI_VI_ROSI_PR4_PCN_BIX_Stores&refitem=150170715575&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=closed_view_item&refwidgettype=osi_widget


Any time something says “CardBus,” it is a PCMCIA PC Card, and not an Express Card.