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Old 12-07-06, 08:58 AM
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Anybody familiar with ExpressCard cards?

So there's a laptop here at work, and it's a G4 Mac. Apparently when Apple was designing this particular computer, they decided not to include any ethernet ports, or USB ports, or pretty much anything.

Now, someone here has done some work on this computer, and we're trying to figure out the best way to actually get the information off of it. We can't use a thumb drive (no USB), and we can't plug it into the existing network (no ethernet). Apparently the laptop has a wireless card in it, so I could drive somewhere with a WAP and email the information off of it, but that seems a little... clunky.

After doing some research (i.e. trying to plug a CardBus NIC into the thing), I learned that the only type of card that this laptop will accept is an ExpressCard. However, from what I've read so far online, ExpressCards have been the "next big thing" for almost two years, yet I can't seem to find a decent selection of them anywhere. I'm looking to either get a wired NIC for the laptop, or a USB card so we can just use a thumb drive on the thing, and then have the ability to print or scan if we wanted. I found a card with 1 USB port and 2 firewires on NewEgg, but it doesn't say that it supports Macs.

Which reminds me, how is somebody supposed to hook one of these things up to a printer or a scanner, anyway?

And does anybody make an ExpressCard that will do what I'm looking for? I even tried checking Apple's site and they didn't have anything.
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Old 12-07-06, 12:09 PM
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It will support Mac.

What model is your Mac? G4 Mac is like saying an Intel PC. Be more specific.
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Old 12-11-06, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
It will support Mac.

What model is your Mac? G4 Mac is like saying an Intel PC. Be more specific.
Well, on the underside it says it's a model A1001 (PowerBook, if that helps).

If you need more info than that, then I'll need to know how to get to the info in the Mac OS. I'm really not that familiar with OS X, so I'm sort of learning as I go here.

I just find it really weird that there don't seem to be any easy ways to get a USB port into this laptop. You'd think that Apple's store would have a whole bunch of different ExpressCards available, seeing as that's the only kind of card I can actually use in this thing .

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Old 12-11-06, 12:42 PM
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Um, check the back of the computer. There should be a flap covering all of the ports.
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Old 12-11-06, 12:45 PM
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Also, I think Powerbooks have a CardBus slot, not ExpressCard. EC wasn't included until the Macbook Pro. Maybe you're thinking of the Airport Express wifi card?
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Old 12-11-06, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
Um, check the back of the computer. There should be a flap covering all of the ports.
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Damn, you're right. I completely missed it. I thought it was really strange that a laptop would have absolutely no ports on it. I guess given my limited knowledge of Apple's minimalist approach to computer design (1-button mice, etc), I didn't give it a second thought.

To be fair, though, the flap doesn't exactly look like much of anything. A bunch of people around here missed it, and what's even funnier is that when I called Apple earlier today, they didn't even mention that there should be USB ports on the thing.

Also, I think Powerbooks have a CardBus slot, not ExpressCard. EC wasn't included until the Macbook Pro. Maybe you're thinking of the Airport Express wifi card?
Well, I've got a Cardbus ethernet card here in the office, and it physically will not fit into the slot on the Powerbook. The card is too too thick (tall?) to go more than an inch or so in.

As far as I can tell, isn't the Airport card built in? I can't find anything sticking out anywhere that would indicate that it's an expansion card or anything.

Either way, it's all moot, seeing as we can now just use a flash drive to transfer data.
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Old 12-11-06, 10:14 PM
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Well it wouldn't go in, at all, if it was an ExpresCard, as they are narrower. The single slot on the Powerbooks is a Type II slot. Your card might be Type III, which is twice as thick. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pcmcia
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The computer should have an Ethernet port in the back, same place as the USB ports. You don't even need the Cardbus. Just plug the network cable right into the Mac.
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