My PCMCIA card does not function correctly.

Last Modified: 3rd Jan 2013
Category: Data Acquisition > PCMCIA
Platform: Windows XP Windows 2000
Version: All
Article Ref.: 13D32
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PCMCIA 13D32 There are several possible reasons why the PCMCIA card(s) might not be working. 1) Check that you have an up to date version of Instacal. Version 5.44 or above is required for compatibility with Windows XP. You can obtain the most recent version of Instacal here: http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/download/dlddsp/9439/0/All/InstaCal+Software.html . 2) If the card is considerably old, and predates Windows 2000, there is a possibility that it will not work with 2000/XP. Does the card work in a Win 95/98 machine but not in a later machine? If this is the problem, a firmware update may be available to allow the card to work with Windows 2000. Please contact technical support. 3) Some notebooks allocate an I/O address and IRQ to the card which is not compatible either with the hardware or Instacal. You can change the allocated I/O address and IRQ in device manager. From Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager. Under the section DAS Component, locate the card. Right-click the icon for the card, and open the Properties dialogue. Click the Resources tab. In the Resources tab, change the IO range and IRQ assigned to the card. Uncheck the box in the resources tab labelled "Use Automatic Settings". We suggest using IRQ 3 instead of IRQ 10, also I/O address range 0300-031F (if these address ranges are not available choose a neighbouring range.) It is not believed you will be allowed to change the Memory Range. 4) Some notebooks have a default PCMCIA mode which is not compatible with the PCMCIA card. Please try entering the BIOS and changing the PCMCIA controller mode to "PCIC Compatible". BIOS configuration screens vary, but a typical screen is described below. Setting the PC Card Controller Mode: If the PC Card is not recognized by the version of Windows you are using or by Windows Hardware Wizard, you can change the PC Card Controller mode by doing the following: 1. Shut the computer off. Do not remove the PC Card from the PCMCIA slot. 2. Turn the computer back on while pressing the "ESC" key down. 3. A message will display "Check system and press the F1 key," press the F1 key. 4. The System Setup (BIOS) screens will display. Press the "PGDN" (page down) key to display the 2nd page of the BIOS. 5. On the top right of the BIOS display will be a section called "PC Card/Mode Controller." Using the arrow keys highlight this section. Note: This option by default is set to "Auto Select." 6. Press the "space bar" key until the PC Card Controller Mode is set to one of the other available options: 5) A minority of notebooks do not supply 5V on the PCMCIA bus, and are therefore incompatible with the PCMCIA data acquisition cards. Please check with your notebook vendor to confirm whether the notebook supplies 5V on the PCMCIA bus, or whether only a lower voltage is available. Error Messages PCMCIA Windows XP All en Y PCMCIA

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