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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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PC Cards

If you want to add a networking card or modem to your notebook computer, you'll have to buy a PC card for it—a metal, credit-card-sized adapter that slips into a slot on the computer's side.

A PC card installation won't work unless both the card and the PC-card socket are compatible with Windows 2000. Fortunately, Windows 2000 Pro is compatible with just about all the PC cards and PC card sockets that you're likely to encounter.

Most PC cards are Plug and Play: you insert the card into the PC slot on your computer, and Windows 2000 detects it and installs its driver.

Tip

If your PC Card is a network adapter, both the PC Card socket and the network driver must be Plug- and-Play–compatible.

To verify that Windows 2000 Pro has recognized your PC Card socket, right-click My Computer; choose Manage from the shortcut menu. In the Computer Management window, click Device Manager; on the right side of the window, look for an entry for PC Card Socket or PCMCIA Adapter (Figure 16-7).

This laptop's Device Manager lists two PC Card sockets (PCMCIA is the old name for PC Cards) showing that Windows 2000 Pro recognizes the hardware.

Figure 16-7. This laptop's Device Manager lists two PC Card sockets (PCMCIA is the old name for PC Cards) showing that Windows 2000 Pro recognizes the hardware.

Adding and Removing PC Cards

When you insert a PC Card, Windows 2000 Pro recognizes the card and places an icon in the system tray at the end of the Taskbar (Figure 16-8).

Figure 16-8. Top: Right-click the Tray icon representing your PC card. Bottom: ...

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