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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?

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jrh065

6 years ago

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

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EnthusiasticThriftjrh065

Answer 6 years ago

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

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biolethal

6 years ago

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

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thegeeke

6 years ago

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

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steveastrouk

6 years ago

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.

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lemonie

6 years ago

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

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