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    Question Whats this slot I have on my laptop ?

    I have this kind of slot on the side of my laptop, when I push it releases a plastic slide so I take it I can install some kind of device in the side of it. Any idea on what it is called, as my Wifi signal is real bad and I am guessing I cant install a Wifi card in its slot but I wantt to make sure I order the right size etc

    Thanks so much !

    If you click this link and select the last picture in view on the page it will show the slot I am talking about http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home...s=ukdhs1&s=dhs

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    Re: Whats this slot I have on my laptop ?

    PCMCIA slot?

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    Re: Whats this slot I have on my laptop ?

    lol not sure mate you tell me

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    Re: Whats this slot I have on my laptop ?

    That would be an express card slot, an express card 54 to be precise.

    There are tons of different cards you can plug in to it, a WiFi card would be one of them.

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    Re: Whats this slot I have on my laptop ?

    going by the tech specs, I'd guess it's
    1 ExpressCard 54mm Slot
    According to Wikipedia, it should accept any 34mm or 54mm ExpressCard

    EDIT: meh, beaten to it by DDY. Well done mate

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    Re: Whats this slot I have on my laptop ?

    is a express card slot the same as PCMCIA ?

    Am searching on amazon for a device and not getting much with "expresscard Wifi"

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    Re: Whats this slot I have on my laptop ?

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    EDIT: meh, beaten to it by DDY. Well done mate



    Quote Originally Posted by jamieuk23 View Post
    is a express card slot the same as PCMCIA ?

    Am searching on amazon for a device and not getting much with "expresscard Wifi"
    PCMCIA is the predecessor of express card (check out the wiki page), think of PCMCIA as a miniaturised PCI slot and express card as a miniaturised PCIe slot.

    Also, no wifi express cards on Amazon?! Are you typing it in right?

    On a separate note jamieuk23, have you considered upgrading the mini PCIe wireless card or internal antennas? The former is very easy to do, just open up the bottom panel, the latter is a little bit more complicated and requires access to the back of the screen.
    Last edited by DDY; 23-09-2010 at 11:05 PM.

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    Re: Whats this slot I have on my laptop ?

    ended up buying a cheap USB dongle well a mini one for £17 hopefully that should fix it

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