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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
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I'm still not sure what this cool card you speak of is. –  Sam Sep 2 '11 at 7:00

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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 ... arstech.com/item-SSI2-PCI-3-connector-card-ssi2_pci_x3.html –  FastAl Feb 1 '13 at 19:30
    
What OP wants is not a common configuration, so I would not expect mass market prices. –  sunk818 Sep 16 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: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Laptop-PC-Expansion-Cards-34-54-To-2-32bit-PCI-slots-adapter-with-Case-long-350m-/311078502596?pt=US_Internal_Port_Expansion_Cards&hash=item486db940c4

ExpressCard To USB Adapter: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16839158028CVF&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwordsCA&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwordsCA--pla--Laptop+Add-on+Cards-_-N82E16839158028CVF&gclid=CNzj9ZLI5MACFQiDfgod8QwACA

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

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