327Views6Replies

Author Options:

Add USB to ancient laptop without spending money? Answered

I have a Dell Latitude LM that I like for word processing because of the responsive almost full sized keyboard. BUT I need it to have a USB port. I got a PC card to USB port adapter, but doesn't work because I'm not so bright. Any ideas on getting USB through the diskette drive or CD-ROM? Or is this stupid?

6 Replies

user
jrh065 (author)2011-12-08

if it's that old, it may have a serial port. So, you could possibly use a serial to usb adapter to achieve what you want. You may also need a usb male-to-female adapter.

Maybe you could start here.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?spcDB=10311&spcWord=USB+Converters&keyword=serial usb

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user

This looks promising. Found a card bus to USB adapter, but searching for a compatible driver. Thanks.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
biolethal (author)2011-12-05

It would probably be easier to take the keyboard out and use that with another laptop/computer.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
thegeeke (author)2011-12-05

Nope. Not happening... not without spending money.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
steveastrouk (author)2011-12-05

Not feasible. Does it have a docking port ? It MIGHT be possible through that, bit its certainly not something you'd do without some serious hardware and software work.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
lemonie (author)2011-12-05

The laptop obviously is so old as to have no USB port?
Very hard, I doubt that this would be practically-possible.

L

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer