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Of course, I have a cool card from a desktop I'm retiring, that I'd like to be able to use from the laptop I've replaced it with.

Laptop has no docking station. Best I can replace the card for is a LOT of money, it works hand in hand with an app I'd love to retain.

I want a device to give me access to PCI via PCMCIA or usb2.0 (laptop is a few years old and doesn't have the newer slot). Separate power is OK.

I would think it would be easy to find if such a device existed. All my searches turn up a million USB port cards that plug into a PCI slot - the opposite of what I want!

Does such a converter exist? I'm aware of difficulties to this, but am not interested in the why, only if you can drop a name, or say for sure it doesn't exist. thanks!

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USB 2.0 is less than half as fast as PCI - on paper. Transfer rates will be less than that. What is this "cool card?" Isnt there a USB device that does the same thing? – Keltari Sep 2 '11 at 2:40
@Keltari - It's something that doesn't require a very high bandwidth ;-) – FastAl Sep 2 '11 at 3:21
I'm still not sure what this cool card you speak of is. – Sam Sep 2 '11 at 7:00
@Keltari What about USB3? – Milind R Nov 20 '14 at 15:33

There's Magma 1-Slot Cardbus to Half-Length PCI Expansion Unit and Magma 1-Slot Cardbus to Full-Length PCI Expansion Unit that will connect cardbus to a PCI housing, but at about $1000 it is NOT cheap. You could get a new PC with a PCI slot for less. Magma also offers a fiber to PCI expansion chassis, but I doubt that would be much cheaper and you'd have the added cost of a PCMCIA Fiber nic

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Yikes! I figured as much. I could replace my current solution for that kind of jack. I had just hoped I could pick up a usb2pci like a usb2ide ;0 wishfully perhaps. – FastAl Sep 2 '11 at 3:33
Also ARS technology ssi2-pci-x3 - SSI2 PCI 3 connector card ... – FastAl Feb 1 '13 at 19:30
What OP wants is not a common configuration, so I would not expect mass market prices. – LunaMezza Sep 16 '14 at 2:42

Haven't tried it myself, but perhaps you could use a pci to express card adapter, and then an express card to usb adapter. The below total approx $127 + shipping and support 2 full size card, compared to buying Magma's adapter which is $1159 + shipping, and only supports 1 card. Unfortunately the PCI adapter is not from a brand, it's just a generic adapter found on Ebay.

PCI To ExpressCard Adapter:

ExpressCard To USB Adapter:

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Sorry, but no. He needs to go in the other direction. – Jamie Hanrahan Sep 16 '14 at 1:43

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