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Mobile computing with PCI hardware - not mini PCI

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by beesmakehoney, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. Can anyone offer a solution?

    I need to travel with a computer that has a PCI slot (not mini-PCI). Rather
    than lug a desktop computer, and all the associated mishmash of monitor,
    cables, keyboard and so on, I have been searching for a mobile solution.
    Perhaps a portable PCI expansion system that will connect to a laptop. Best
    would be a Tablet PC with a PCI slot but if I hold my breath for that one,
    my life insurance company will take a nasty hit.

    Looking forward to and will appreciate any advise,

    beesmakehoney, Aug 5, 2003
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  2. beesmakehoney

    Joe Davis Guest

    Dell makes docking stations for both their Latitude C and Latitude D series
    that accept PCI cards. Their port replicators don't accept PCI cards--you
    need the full docking station--costs about $300. Note that you have to get
    a Dell Latitude and not Inspiron.

    As far as the tablet's go, they're a little underpowered and overpriced
    relative to laptops, plus, I bet you'd end up carrying more stuff--external
    CD, external keyboard, etc. than a lightweight laptop.
    Joe Davis, Aug 5, 2003
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  3. Well you put me on the right track! Thank you.
    I have an old Thinkpad 600e and a quick search on Ebay displayed many of the
    IBM SelectaDock III units at a very low price. This will work as a quick
    fix as long as the 600e holds out.

    beesmakehoney, Aug 5, 2003
  4. Look for "Portable" PCs. Not laptops or mobiles. There are quite a
    few companies out there (but the pain meds I'm takin for my back are
    keeping the names from popping into my brain).

    I know industrial construction companies use them. They are more
    durable and a bit more costly but I've seen active units fall 20 feet
    onto solid concrete and not even hickup.
    Stromm Sarnac, Aug 5, 2003
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