Re: [NTLK] Highs and lows (slots)

From: matthiasm <>
Date: Fri Jul 27 2007 - 02:58:53 EDT

On Jul 27, 2007, at 6:13 AM, Douglas Johnston wrote:

> The slot *feels* solid when I insert a card, and the little "ejection
> button" works perfectly. It's just that nothing happens when I insert
> a card. Does anyone have any advice? (Keeping in mind that I don't
> know a diode from a cathode ray tube?)

Do you know if the slot worked originally? If so, you probably have a
mechanical failure. If just one soldering connection comes loose,
your PCMCIA won't work. This can easily happen on a port with such
high mechanical load.

Two things come to mind that you may try (or an electronics wizard
you can trust).

- clean the contacts: get a professional contact cleaner fluid and
brush all 50 or so pins of the PCMCIA slot. Don't use automotive
"contact spray"!

- if that doesn't work, a solder connection may have come loose. This
is more involved and requires an electronics repair station which
softens all solder joints using hot air and effectively resolders
them. A cell phone repair shop may be able to do this.


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