Expanding a laptop w/PCI

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Expanding a laptop w/PCI

Postby xjas on Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:37 am

Have an older (2003) laptop here I'm trying to get some extra life out of. I have some ideas for it but it would really help if I could add a PCI audio card.

Does anyone have experience with using a PCI breakout box? This machine has both a Cardbus slot and an internal mini-PCI slot. Reading around it looks like both these options are PCI standard compatible.

Something like this:


Here's the kicker, I need seamless DOS support, i.e. things I plug in should act at the hardware level like a standard PCI card plugged into a desktop system with no extra drivers or TSRs needed. (The PCI docking station on my other laptop works this way.)

(I'm guessing there's virtually no reasonable way to add an ISA card to a laptop this way, even though the bus is present in its chipset, but it would totally make my day if there were.)

What do you guys think?
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Re: Expanding a laptop w/PCI

Postby acsi on Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:50 pm

I've got a PCI-e express card adaptor which i've only managed to get going once.

I was trying to use it for a graphics card on my work computer (not allowed dedicated graphics as it's an extra cost) to speed up the machine.

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