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PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: kap
Date: December 20, 2005 04:36PM
Two months ago, a good friend purchased a Dell Inspiron laptop for her college bounded daughter. During the purchase, the friend decided not to have a built-in wi-fi installed to cut down the cost. Now, her daughter needs to have one. Question: should she upgrade for a built-in from Dell or shoot for a wi-fi PC card instead? TiA.

Kap



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Re: PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 20, 2005 04:50PM
PC cards are cheap right now. A/R. Its that time of the year.
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Re: PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: JJ_TKOB
Date: December 20, 2005 05:13PM
If she knows anyone with PC tech knowledge, she should get the mini-PCI card for her laptop. Install is very similar to an iBook, but the keyboard is a little harder to remove.

Overall the install should be easy and she won't have a PCMCIA card sticking out the side of her computer.

Please post the model number and I can be even more helpful with links to the install procedure and possibly the best deal on the card.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/20/2005 05:14PM by JJ_TKOB.
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Re: PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: kap
Date: December 20, 2005 05:44PM
JJ_TKOB,

We also own a Dell Inspiron (besides our 3 Mac powerbooks :-) out of necessity (MS Access a must use). I think my friend's daughter's Dell Inspiron might be of the same model, i.e. Dell Inspiron 6000.

Kap



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Re: PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: onthedownlow
Date: December 20, 2005 06:16PM
Likely, the install of a miniPCI card (WiFi), is conveniently located under a plate on the bottom of the laptop. One screw...open lid...slide in card and hook up antenna wires. Close. That's it...1 minute total, if that.

I would opt for a built-in card, for purely convenience.
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Re: PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: kap
Date: December 20, 2005 09:45PM
Any particular brand you want to recommend or should be call up Dell? TiA

Kap



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Re: PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: onthedownlow
Date: December 21, 2005 02:04AM
Nothing I'd really recommend. Honestly, I would contact Dell and purchase through them...as the price difference would be minimal to what you'd get elsewhere with those types of cards...and plus, you'd have a Dell warranty to go with it.

I'm thinking around $60-$80 for the card, tops...but it's worth it.
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Re: PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: onthedownlow
Date: December 21, 2005 02:06AM
...actually, what you could do, is search eBay for a "miniPCI" or "wifi card" and also add the laptop model in the search (i.e. "Inspiron 9300" etc.)

...you can probably find a card cheaper that way.
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Re: PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: JJ_TKOB
Date: December 21, 2005 02:12AM
I recently put a card in my sister in-law's Dell and it was under the keyboard. I did another Dell (a Latitde C400, I think) and it was also under the keyboard. Some models do have the panel on the bottom though and that would be even easier of course. The Dell cards actually have two antenna wires a primary and auxilliary. They go in just like RAM. Seat the card and then push down flush with the main board.

I bought from Dell, but I see these cards on eBay all the time.



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Re: PC card for Dell Inspiron laptop
Posted by: kap
Date: December 21, 2005 09:26AM
Thanks onthelowdown and JJ_TKOB. We'll check into eBay and Dell.

Kap



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