wireless pcmcia card -16bit/32bit ?

  greybeard 23:10 28 Nov 2006

I'm trying to get a pcmcia wireless card for my toshiba satellite pro 400cs, as that seems the simplest way to get it connected to my existing network(no usb socket).
I've come across adverts for cards which mention 16bit or 32bit. Vaguely aware of what it means, but how do I find out what this laptop is? Or would either do ?
I've googled for the machine, but can't track down any specs that tell me.
Help appreciated.

  dms05 08:37 29 Nov 2006

Look in Device Manager - under PCMCIA. If it says CardBus then it's 32 bit. Otherwise it's 16 bit. In general USB and CardBus came in at the same time so if you haven't a USB then you may well have a 16bit PCMCIA slot.

32bit cards won't fit a 16bit slot (16bit will fit 32bit slot) because of some bumps near the connector end of the PCMCIA card.

I use a 16bit card with an ancient Toshiba Satellite 4030CDS.

If in doubt buy 16bit - it's just as quick over 802.11b.

  greybeard 17:11 29 Nov 2006

dms05 - many thanks for a concise and informative answer to my problem.

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