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PC Card to USB mod?

Okay, just signed up and I need a little help with something! I want to know if it's possible to wire a wireless PC card up to a usb cable. I know it sounds random but Linux doesn't like my wireless card (Realtek 8187b) and I've got a couple of wireless pc cards spare that Linux would like. Only thing is my laptop has an Express card slot. I'm looking for a no/low cost solution. Cheers!

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bikerbob2005 (author)2009-01-29

My dell 600 laptop on puppy finds my belkin usb wireless thumb and the hawkens PCI wifi card just a few clicks and they are on line ,now to get my old cad program to run in Linux and could stop needing windows for it.

ZdEEvO (author)bikerbob20052009-01-30

Yeah, it would be nice to even be able to choose freely without compatibility issues like this. I've trawled the web, forums etc for months and there doesn't seem to be a complete solution until they start releasing stable 2.6.28 distros. Ho hum, I'll wait until April!

11010010110 (author)2009-01-23

did you try ndiswrapper ? usb network stick ? i think its the cheapest solution if ndiswrapper does not work. and its easy to boost their range with a dish

ZdEEvO (author)110100101102009-01-23

That's my plan B :) I tried all the work arounds but none worked successfully. Even tried Jaunty with 2.6.28 but it wouldn't install. The Realtek 8187b is a nightmare for anyone who wants to switch to Linux. I'm a Linux noob and the last thing I want is having to tangle with pages of code before I can even go online!! Thanks for the comment.

11010010110 (author)ZdEEvO2009-01-23

i use linux (allthough not ubuntu) for more than 3 years so feel free to ask for help

gmjhowe (author)2009-01-23

The short answer is probably no..