Help!

QFASCB PCMCIA cardbus problem

 
Post new topic   General Reply to Topic (not reply to a specific post)    Forums Home -> Hardware Help RSS
Next:  Generation Chickenhawk  
Author Message
tigerab



Joined: Jul 19, 2007
Posts: 4



PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:55 pm    Post subject: QFASCB PCMCIA cardbus problem

Can anyone advise me? I bought a QFASCB USB 2 Cardbus for my Dell Inspiron 2500 Laptop running Windows XP but it doesn't seem to recognise the card when inserted or find the driver which I believe I installed from the CD which came with it.

Help, please. My life is melting away into this awful computer...!

Thank you
Back to top
Advertisement
zlim



Joined: Mar 11, 2005
Posts: 2747



PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject:

All I'm finding for QFASCB is that it is a two port firewire PCMCIA card. Is the model correct?

This is the type cards your computer supports
PC Card
CardBus controller O2Micro OZ6933 CardBus controller
PC Card connectors two (supports two Type I or Type II cards or one Type III card)
Cards supported 3.3 V and 5 V
PC Card connector size 68 pins
Data width (maximum) PCMCIA: 16 bits CardBus: 32 bits

Insert the card, open Control panel and click on Add/Remove hardware. Let the wizard scan and see if it finds the card. If it does, put the CD in and point to it so it can find the proper driver.

Also take a look in Device manager to be sure that the cardbus controller is loaded.

I find a driver here http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/win/37317
but the download sends me to MS Update which is not what I want.
What is the version of 02Micro 0Z6933 that you currently are running?
I do not see anything on Dell in the files you can download for your computer
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=...amp;s=g
Back to top
tigerab



Joined: Jul 19, 2007
Posts: 4



PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:02 pm    Post subject:

Thank you. The model I have is:

EW-Link 4 Ports USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card Adaptor For Laptop Notebook
by EW-Link

Dispatched from and sold by Template Technology.

I believe my laptop should support it however, it doesn't show up in the Control panel-Add/Remove hardware. The wizard scan doesn't find the card. And when I put the CD in and load the driver it seems to do nothing.

In Device manager there are 2 root hubs and a VIA USB advanced host controller whch dissappear when I pull out the card. Is this the device showing?

As for the version of 02Micro 0Z6933 I am currently running, I 'm not sure where that info is.

It's all a mystery, I'm afraid.

Again, thanks for your help...
Back to top
zlim



Joined: Mar 11, 2005
Posts: 2747



PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:43 pm    Post subject:

Quote:
In Device manager there are 2 root hubs and a VIA USB advanced host controller whch dissappear when I pull out the card. Is this the device showing?
I suspect it is if it disappears. Is there some sort of light on the card to show it is active? I have a USB 4 port hub that I plugin to one USB port. It has a light to show me that it is on. (Of course I have another adapter with no indicator light; I just plug something in and use it).
I think this might be your card
http://www.amazon.co.uk/EW-Link-PCMCIA-Adaptor-Laptop-Notebook/dp/B000...F9O/ref
I can't tell if the indentation in the center is an indicator light.
Do you have a PCMCIA adapter entry in Device Manager?
My notebook has an entry and clicking the + shows me TI PCI-1420 CardBus controller. I have two entries because my slot can hold either two type I or II cards or one type III card.
Quote:
when I put the CD in and load the driver it seems to do nothing.
What did you do to load the driver?

Have you plugged any USB devices into the card? What happens?
Back to top
tigerab



Joined: Jul 19, 2007
Posts: 4



PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:12 pm    Post subject:

There is no light on the card to show it is active.

That card on Amazon is mine-it doesn't have an indicator light.

I have 2 PCMCIA adapter entries in Device Manager

I ran the CD and double clicked on the driver file to load it then restarted my computer.

I have plugged USB devices into the card but they aren't recognised.

Aaarrrgghhh!
Back to top
micker377



Joined: May 27, 2005
Posts: 1059



PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:07 am    Post subject: Re: QFASCB PCMCIA cardbus problem

Silly question - do you have ALL the XP updates installed? Just checking!
Back to top
zlim



Joined: Mar 11, 2005
Posts: 2747



PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:17 am    Post subject:

Just a few random thoughts in no particular order. I suspect the notebook did not come with XP installed. It probably had ME and has been upgraded. I think I also saw that the maximum RAM is 256 MB which is on the low side to run XP. Also the PCMCIA card gets its power for the USB devices from the computer. There might not be enough power for what you wish to plug into the card. Putting together a small amount of RAM, an upgraded OS and a non-powered USB slot on the card might just be saying, your computer doesn't have enough to handle it. Or, it could also be that the card is defective.
Looking at pictures, you may have two USB ports on the laptop. You may want to purchase a powered USB hub to plug into one of the ports. You can tell a powered hub because it has a brick/wall wart that plugs into the hub to give it the power it needs for certain USB devices.

similar to this
Error: image could not be loaded. Image is not available from server

Image URL: http://star.walagata.com/w/perk/poweredUSBhub.jpg

the power brick is the black item in the back. The image is a 7 port hub. I have several 4 port hubs.
Back to top
tigerab



Joined: Jul 19, 2007
Posts: 4



PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:26 pm    Post subject:

Thanks again for the advice. My laptop did come with Windows XP and has all the current updates. I think you may be right about the power issue so thanks for the suggestion. Might have known it would involve more money and another bit of useless kit to throw into a box...!

Thanks again
Back to top
zlim



Joined: Mar 11, 2005
Posts: 2747



PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:24 pm    Post subject:

It could also be the card at fault. Do you have any friends willing to let you try and set it up on his/her notebook? If it doesn't work in another laptop, then the card might be faulty and you'd be able to get a refund.
Back to top
goretsky



Joined: Dec 07, 2002
Posts: 9875

Location: Southern California

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:35 am    Post subject: Re: QFASCB PCMCIA cardbus problem

Hello,

From looking at the specifications for your Dell Inspiron 2500 notebook computer, it appears that it has two PC Card slots. Have you tried inserting the EW-Link Co. Ltd. 4 Ports USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card Adapter into the other slot? If so, did that make any difference?

From looking at the picture on Amazon's web site, it appears this CardBus (32-bit PC Card) adapter has what I am guessing is a +5VDC jack on it to supplement power to the four USB 2.0 ports. Have you tried attaching a power adapter to this port? If the adapter did not come with one, then the technical specifications for it should be somewhere in the documentation which came with the adapter.

One other thing you might want to try is opening the Device Manager (filename: DEVMGMT.MSC), deleting the controller(s) for the PC Card (PCMCIA and CardBus) ports and then rebooting to let them be redetected by the operating systme. When finished, you can then insert the adapter into either PC Card slot and see if it gets detected by Microsoft Windows XP.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky
Back to top
Advertisement
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   General Reply to Topic (not reply to a specific post)    Forums Home -> Hardware Help
Page 1 of 1

 
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum