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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to A+ (Core Hardware)
 9  Chapter 1001:  Notebooks

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VII  PC Cards -- Pick A Card

Most every notebook has some expansion slot(s) that accept PC Cards. This is a much-improved name over the older Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) moniker. Besides being a mouth full, the PC Card is much more than a memory card today.

PC Cards are available in either 16-bit or 32-bit formats. The PC Card can be used to expand the notebook with anything from CD-ROM interfaces, modems, Network Interface Cards (NICs), hard drives, and just about anything else you can think of. PC Card has different Types.

Figure 98: A Type II Network Interface Card PC Card.

 


Figure 99: A Type III Hard Drive PC Card compared to a standard IDE Hard Drive.

 


Table 17 provides details on the three PC card types in widespread use today.


Table 17: PC Card Types

Type

Thickness

Uses

Slot Options

I

3.3 mm

RAM

1 Type I

II

5.5 mm

NIC, Modem

1 Type II

III

10.5 mm

HDD

1 Type II & 1 Type I


Hot Swapping

It is possible to exchange PC Cards 'on the fly'. This means no rebooting.

The term for this is Hot Swapping. The Operating System needs to support this operation.


[spacer]Windows 2000/XP and Notebooks

Windows 2000 Professional is, a very notebook friendly Operating System. XP is even better. Not only are the O/S's really geared to maximizing power savings, it offers fairly decent file encryption on the hard drive, which may prove invaluable if the notebook containing corporate data goes AWOL. (Absent With Out Leave).



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