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plug a PCI card on a laptop ??

by djnellio / October 31, 2005 6:20 PM PST


I'd like to plug a PCI card on my laptop. Are there some adapters allowing to plug a PCI card in USB or PCMCIA (others ideas ?) ?

Thanks !


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Just discussed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 31, 2005 8:44 PM PST

USB and PC-CARD Video cards and more discussed at

Bottomline? It doesn't help if you are trying to fix a laptop that doesn't have a great 3D chipset. But do read the discussion so you will know what is out there.

There are also USB to PCI and PC-Card to PCI adapters, but these are too slow for gaming and card support is non-existent in many cases.



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USB to PCI and PC-Card to PCI adapters for my TV card ?
by djnellio / November 1, 2005 5:01 AM PST
In reply to: Just discussed.

Actually the aim is to plug my tuner TV PCI card on my laptop, so I guess the requirements are less demanding than for a video card...

"There are also USB to PCI and PC-Card to PCI adapters, but these are too slow for gaming and card support is non-existent in many cases."

-->> These kind of adapter are exactly what interest me !!

Do you know where I can buy it (I prefer a shop that can send to UK or France, but any other could give me an idea !) ?

Do you think it will work fine with a TV card ?

What do you mean by card support ? Drivers ? Somebody to ask in case of pb ?

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A TV PCI card would be very demanding. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2005 5:47 AM PST

Most TV cards use a direct map of memory to the VGA buffer so the CPU is not involved. This hardware is non-existant in the cards that were under discussion.

Besides said adapters are more expensive than an USB TV device.


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a link ?
by djnellio / November 1, 2005 7:30 AM PST

OK, I guess you are right ! Thank you for these advices, that I are perhaps not written on an adapter seller's website !!

Anyway do you have a link to this kind of device (only for curiosity) ?

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Link supplied.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2005 8:45 AM PST
In reply to: a link ?

Under my "just discussed" post, devices were noted. Unless that was the wrong post.

Anyhow, there are USB to PCI card devices out there, but I can flatly state a TV card will not function.


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by danielcolchado / January 5, 2006 10:44 PM PST

Hi, i found few systems, but they're too expensive.... 1 of it is the MAGMA other is the STRATEGIC pci_docking_stations/overview.html. I hope it can help you.


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