3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 22, 2012 11:19 AM by dalstott
MacOS-me Level 1 (0 points)

I have a PowerBook 1400c with 2 PCMCIA card slots. I was wondering what I would need to look for in a pc card (any kind: Ethernet, USB, etc.) if I was to buy one. I've looked online and whatnot, but thay aren't very helpful with what cards you can still get drivers for, or if the drivers are built in. My powerbook is running OS 8.0 if that helps. Thanks for any info!

PowerBook, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, PowerBook 1400c, Mac OS 8.0
  • Allan Jones Level 7 (33,992 points)

    USB cards don't need drivers but the computer must have at least OS 8.1 to have the system resources to support USB.


    For full-size ethernet cards in tower computers, most don't need drivers.


    I help a friend keep three 14-year old PowerBook Walstreets in service and we just ordered two CardBus USB cards. They are getting harder to find--the model we manged to find required OS10.2 or later, so you may be on the lookout for cards almost as old as the 1400.


    I found his cards on NewEgg and that vendor had only the one modle that was USB only and supported older versions of OSX.

  • Jan Hedlund Level 6 (9,720 points)

    Generally speaking, since CardBus is not supported here, you would have to look for 16-bit PC Cards (PCMCIA).




    Sometimes, separate drivers are not needed. Examples include many modems, but also adapters for CompactFlash. In other cases, such as with various networking products, the cards often require special driver software.



  • dalstott Level 4 (2,625 points)

    I use Sandisk PC Card Adapters on my Powerbooks 540c, 1400, 3400, and 3500. I use Compact Flash cards that slide into the adapters which then are plugged into the PCMCIA slots. No drivers are needed but proper formating is necessary. These are very useful as a bootable external drive or for cloning backups


    Google "sandisk pc card adapter" in order to see what is available currently.