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ExpressCard/34 to PC Card Adapter by Novatel SUCCESS/FAILURE

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Michael
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:40 pm    Post subject: ExpressCard/34 to PC Card Adapter by Novatel SUCCESS/FAILURE Reply with quote

Perhaps, you read about the horror stories of the Verizon ExpressCard Adapter NOT WORKING. A new improved version is now available, exclusively at EVDOinfo.com

The Novatel ExpressCard/34 to PC Card Adapter.

This adapter actually works (see video). We tested in in PowerBook G4 15 inch, Kyocera KR1, Top Global MB6000, Sony Vaio's and a variety of other Windows laptops and the new ExpressCard adapter works. With the old Verizon adapter, it didn't work.

With this adapter, someone with a laptop with a PCMCIA adapter (e.g. PowerBook 15/17, many Windows laptops) can get the ExpressCard Adapter and a Novatel V640 ExpressCard and use this combination in there current laptop. When you upgrade to a laptop that only has an ExpressCard slot, you no longer have to buy a new card. Just take out your ExpressCard from your ExpressCard adapter and use!

The new adapter is slightly larger than the previous one.



(Note, if you order the adapter with a V640 - or have already ordered a V640, you can save an additional $20 off the adapter, contact us for your $20 coupon code).

This thread will be used to discuss your success or failures with this new adapter. Be sure to let us know what your model/device name is that you are having your success or failures.

We will post our success stories to this thread shortly.

Feb 18 2007 Update - this is the same adapter that Sprint is releasing as the "Broadband Adapter Card - Novatel Express to PCMCIA"
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:03 pm    Post subject: Dell XPS Gen2 / Ricoh PCMCIA Reply with quote

I've got a Dell XPS Gen2 with the PCMCIA slot / Ricoh controller combination that fails on the other V640 card adapter. I need one of these if it works with the above.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding compatibility:

Disregard the prior information that Verizon provided on platform compatibility for the ExpressCard adapter they repackaged and sold (see that device thread here: http://www.evdoforums.com/thread3153.html).

That information only was intended for the Verizon adapter made by SIIG. Plus, none of the devices listed on the package worked, save for one Dell notebook a customer had, and all others that had the 'qualifying' chipset failed to work. Bogus intel.

The new Novatel ExpressCard/34 to PC Card adapter is a different animal.

For now we can only go on our success history, which looks pretty good. The new ExpressCard/34 to PC Card adapter has worked with all chipsets, as long as they were CardBus.

The new Novatel ExpressCard to PC Card converter sleeve has only failed to work on two routers, the TopGlobal MB8000 and Linksys WRT54G3G-ST, not because of the converter itself, but because the routers lack driver support for the V640 ExpressCard. The converter sleeve worked fine electronically.

The only requirements for now:

You MUST have a CardBus capable PCMCIA slot (common on notebooks made in the last five years).

You MUST have the EVDO device drivers loaded on the computer or router (in this case V640 ExpressCard drivers).

Other ExpressCards, such as the Novatel HSDPA ExpressCards, or ExpressCards made by other manufactures have yet to be tested.

If you test another brand of ExpressCard or any of the Novatel HSDPA ExpressCards with the new adapter sleeve, please post your findings to this thread.

Please include:
    -Computer or router model
    -Operating System
    -What type of CardBus chipset you have (Ricoh, O2Micro, Generic, Ti, etc)
    -Model of ExpressCard and carrier network
    -Connection software used
    -Whether the ExpressCard's power LED turns on (if it fails to provide connectivity)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wanted to give my share of success/failures.

1. Apple Powerbook 17" - success
2. Kyocera KR1 - success
3. Junxion box - Failure
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the post spackett.

Does the power LED on the ExpressCard (V640?) light up when used with the Junxion?

Lack of function is likely due to their not being drivers in the Junxion OS for whatever EVDO card you used (most routers have yet to have code updated to work the ExpressCard, mainly because a working adapter has yet to be available).
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott wrote:

Does the power LED on the ExpressCard (V640?) light up when used with the Junxion?


Yes, the power LED on the V640 ExpressCard does light up. I don't remember if it was a flashing red or flashing green. I'll have to check again in a few days when my new V640 card comes in. I broke my V640 when it was placed in my Powerbook. The Powerbook fell on the side of the V640 and bend it in a 45 degree angle.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OUCH! That's a drag.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:14 am    Post subject: Dell 5700? Reply with quote

Does anyone know if this works with the Dell 5700 expresscard yet? I would imagine it does, but was hoping to get some confirmation here. Thanks in advance!!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI, this adapter works great with the Merlin EX720.

So, if you have an older laptop with a PCMCIA slot, you can now purchase a newer Rev A ExpressCard. If you upgrade to a newer laptop later with an ExpressCard slot, just remove the adapter and you are ready to use Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will a Sprint Merlin EX-720 in this Adapter work in the Linksys WRT54G3G3-ST router?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MasterChef wrote:
Will a Sprint Merlin EX-720 in this Adapter work in the Linksys WRT54G3G3-ST router?


we tested this.
at this time, that combination does NOT work.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:31 pm    Post subject: Novatel ExpressCard/34 to PC Card adapter vs KR1 Reply with quote

I just received the new version of the ExpressCard to PC adapter and it is working very well with my Powerbook G4, V640 ExpressCard, VZAcesss Manager.

However, when I tried to test the adapter with my Kyocera KR1 I found that the adapter was "too short" to seat in PC Card Slot in the KR1 by about 5 mm. Has anyone encountered this issue? I would prefer not to have to resort to expanding the slot on the rear panel to allow the adaptor to slide in and make contact.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see that you purchased your KR1 from us when they first came out. Please send an email to support at 3Gstore.com with your KR1 S/N and contact information.

There was a issue with the first shipment of KR1s (Feb 2006), where they didn't work with specific cards (e.g. V620), the cards wouldn't fit in, unless you pushed them with considerable force (we don't recommend this). They did work some cards perfectly (KPC650). Kyocera quikly fixed this.

We can arrange a replacement directly from Kyocera.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael for responding so quickly. (I just found the Topic Reply Notification today because of a mail filtering issue at my end.)

I just sent an email to support at 3Gstore.com with my KR1 S/N and contact information as you have instructed.

Thanks again for your help.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:52 am    Post subject: V740 testing Reply with quote

Results of testing with Verizon's new Rev-A V740 ExpressCard and the Novatel Adapter show us the exact same functionality as Sprint's EX720:

-- V740 works in PowerBooks
-- V740 works in MB6000 router with no speed loss
-- V740 works in KR1 router, limited to 500kbps
-- V740 does NOT work in Linksys EVDO Router
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